Sunday, 25 September 2011

NOTD: The Good And The Bad

As you know, I love my Andrea Fulerton nail polishes and today I have a beautiful fuschia shade to show you from the Andrea Fulerton Nail Boutique Trio in Princess. On top of it I applied a glittery Claire's nail polish/topcoat, which has smaller and larger round glitter and also star shaped glitter in it (I don't know the name of it, it doesn't say on the bottle). Firstly, the good: Andrea Fulerton nail polishes are great, the formula's excellent, they go on nicely opaque and last for a good time without major chipping (on me it's 2-3 days I'd say, but everything chips on me very quickly). I love the colour of this polish too, it's a gorgeous fuschia pink with very subtle gold shimmer. The duo nail polish costs £7.99 and is available from Superdrug. 

Now onto the bad. While the Claire's top coat looked gorgeous in the bottle, unfortunately it was really hard to transfer any of that gorgeousness onto my nails. It looks like it's full of glitter, but actually it was very hard work to fish out any significant amount of glitter, as you can see on my nails. After about 5 minutes of trying, I only managed to scoop out 2 stars and a handful of glitter. I was expecting to see a lot more of them on my nails. The other problem was that it actually made the Andrea Fulerton nail polish chip off very quickly. I did apply the top coat directly on top of the AF nail polish while it was still quite sticky, so that might have been the problem, I don't know. In any case, a big dissapointment. I know the Claire's nail polish only cost £2.25, but still, you expect better than that.

So there you go, a beautiful nail polish and a not so great top coat. Maybe I should leave Claire's polishes to the teenagers and use more grown up stuff next time. What do you think?

See more pictures after the jump!


  1. Perhaps try sponging the glitter on and putting it just on the base of the nail to avoid the tip chipping. You'll get a denser glitter effect too.

  2. What do you mean by sponging the glitter on?

  3. What I do is take the wand out of the varnish and use one of the utterly useless sponge applicators that come with eyeshadow palettes. Dab it onto the brush and pick up some of the mixture and pat t onto your nails. The sponge absorbs some of the liquid base, meaning you get a denser glitter result. Obvously you don't get the smoothness of the brush but a topcoat smooths that out.I often find that applying glitters can disturb the polish underneath and sponging reduces this.

    I also use this to make gradient nail shades (I haven't got any pics on my blog of nail sponging but there are loads of amazing ones out there.)

    Hope that helps you!


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