Monday, 16 December 2013

No 7 Nail Glitter Collection

Swatches left to right: Silver Glitter Topcaot // Pink Glitter Topcoat // Gold Glitter Topcoat // Beanie // Temptress

So if you have happened upon my YouTube channel then you may have already seen this in my birthday haul. This little lot was gifted to me by my flatmates, and boy oh boy was I pleased. There's no denying that the shades in the No 7 Nail Glitter Collection are incredibly festive, so I thought that this would be the perfect time to share my thoughts.

The first thing I noticed about each of the polishes is that they're fairly small. Each contains 4ml of product (a little less than a quarter the size of a normal Essie bottle), which I actually quite like. Who ever uses up a full bottle of nail polish anyway? I was a little apprehensive about some of the colours to begin with, but keen to try them all the same. The first colour that I tried was Temptress, which I'd describe as a deep plum colour with a reddish tinge. I think that it looks like a pretty good dupe for Rouge Noir by Chanel judging from the pictures I've seen online. 'Beanie' is the nude greige which I ended up really enjoying wearing. I don't have anything similar in my collection and it's a lovely twist on a classic nude for the winter time. Then we have the glitters. These are actually great as they include a nice mix of small and medium sized glitter particles, and they aren't too difficult to get off. I love wearing the silver over red nails and the gold is great for a bit of glitz when you're going out.

Colours left to right: Temptress // Beanie // Gold Glitter Topcoat // Silver Glitter Topcoat // Pink Glitter Topcoat

Each of the polishes take a few minutes to truly dry. This isn't too bad as it only takes two coats to make the coloured polishes opaque. The brushes aren't the best for beginners, but if you know what you're doing it's not impossible to get a precise application. The product itself definitely has some room for improvement as it's difficult to get a perfect finish, but for a £10 collection you can't really complain! I found application particularly difficult with Temptress as the polish first comes out a little red and then layers up to its true colour. This meant that if a layer wasn't applied properly then the colour could look uneven. The glitter polishes have a similar problem in that the glitter doesn't spread itself all that evenly, but with a bit of fiddling I managed to get my nails the way I like them. The longevity of these polishes isn't bad considered the price bracket that they're in, but I would still recommend using a topcoat if you want perfect nails for more than a day or two.

All in all these make me one very happy bunny. For a brand that I don't hear so much about on other blogs, it was great to be pleasantly surprised with a few cheeky little treats. This would make a lovely last minute gift for Christmas if you know any polish addicts!

What's your favourite colour from the collection?

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Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt said...

Nice selection of sparklies, I really like the gold and red ones for a festive look :o). Xx

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Beautyqueenuk said...

Temptress is my favourite from that collection x

Chelsea Louise Haden said...

I've been meaning to try these but they look a little watery - although good for the price of them. I really want to try the new sparkly Rimmel collection too.

Emily said...

I wouldn't say that they're watery but you definitely need a couple of coats. I'm loving sparkles this winter too! :) x