NAIL POLISH BRANDS WORTH TRYING

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Nail polish: one of my favourite beauty products yet it hardly gets a mention(!) 

BARRY M

Barry M is somewhat of a household name when it comes to high street makeup; appealing to young teens and adults alike for over thirty years. I turn to the brand if I want to try something new, such as a matte, textured or a not-my-usual shade as they cover all bases, regularly add new collections and are always available at your local Boots or Superdrug.

As with most nail polish brands, I find some opaque shades a little hit and miss but overall the formula is good and lasts really well in the bottle over time.

Try: Gelly Blackberry, Base Coat, Top Coat & Nail Hardener, Coral 296

RIMMEL LONDON SALON PRO NAIL COLOUR WITH LYCRA or RIMMEL 60 SECONDS

What I love most is the 'maxi brush'. The brush is wide and has a tapered end that mimics the shape of the bottom of the nail bed, ensuring a neat mani with minimal fuss. Why don't all nail polishes have this brush? It makes nail painting a doddle. It dries quickly and the finish is super shiny, too.

Try: Rose Libertine (my all time fave muted pink), Soul Session, Little Bo Peep

MAVALA

A Swiss brand that is underrated. I have owned a fair few 5ml bottles, and have been pleased with the formula and chip resistance of every shade. Mavala is often on sale in Debenhams, if not available in Boots.

Try: Poetic Rose, Berlin, Lyric

NAILS INC

Another brand that has rebranded, and is now pals with Alexa and VB. Although I'm a little guarded about purchasing £10+ polishes, as there are decent high street counterparts at less than half the price, I have a soft spot for Nails Inc. The formula lasts well, and they offer a wide array of shades, textures, sets, you name it. However they are also the brand that discontinued my favourite nude, Cromwell Rd... Is Mayfair Lane its replacement?

Try: St James, Savile Row, Fulham Palace Road, Victoria

What are your favourite nail polish brands or polish shades?

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