Maybelline Color Show Vinyl – Record Red

This is the second of the Maybelline Color Show Vinyl polishes I picked up earlier this week, this one is Record Red.  A hot tomato red with the vinyl finish similar to Black to the Basics.

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Like the previous polish, this one dries to a matte vinyl style polish.  What you see above its two coats over a base of Essence Anti Nail Split sealer.  Formula is good, its runny without being floody (if that makes sense) and coverage is good.  Two coats does provide more even coverage than just one, hence two coats .  It dries quickly and if you do happen to dink it, you can patch it up quickly.

Wear, as you might expect if a none topped coated polish, isn’t great.  You can get a good day before wear starts to show and if you end up doing lots of jobs and house work, be warned – its going to chip.

That said I do like this, I love the effect it gives.  Even with a matte top coat over a red polish, the effect is not as waxy looking.

These should be out on a shelf near you, if they aren’t already.  G over at Nouveaus Cheap thinks these look similar to the new Wet N Wild Matte shades that are out for fall in the US.  She has a good eye so she is probably right.

Let me know what you think in the comments!  Have you seen these out where you are yet?


Bourjois 1 Second Magic Nail Polish Remover

As I may have mentioned, I picked up a couple of Bourjois 1 Second Magic Nail Polish Remover whilst they were on a buy one get one free deal in my local Boots.  I go through remover quickly as I tend to change my nails every couple of days or as soon as I see a chip. Anything that is quick, easy to use and effective will get my vote.

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What you actually get is quite a small bottle, 75ml of product in a grey sponge insert.  There is a hole where you place you finger and then twist it.  Then you are supposed to remove it from the bottle, and Voila!  No more nail polish.  From the image above you can see how that actually worked out.  I was removing my Revlon Rainforest (from the new ColorStay collection – swatches coming) and perhaps I was a bit sneaky.  Rainforest has a flakie/glitter embedded within it.  I would say it removed 90% of the polish within the dip and twist I did.  It probably took me 3 seconds as I was trying to take pictures with my other hand.

A second quick dip removed the polish, every trace.  I was able to remove polish from all 10 fingers within 3 minutes.  I timed it.  Its that good.  Seriously.  Its THAT good.

It has a “Red Fruit and Vanilla Fragrance”.  When I opened it, firstly there was no security seal and secondly it smelt like polish remover.  On using it, and you can see this in the image of my naked nails, is the sheen of the almond oil.  My cuticles were soft, moveable and my nails silky smooth to the touch.  Maybe a bit too silky as I struggled to get the lid back on without it shooting out of my hands and across the garden.  Anyway, back to the scent. as soon as the solvent evapourates, you can smell the scent.  Yes, its red fruits and vanilla, like one of those herbal teas (but not the stinky kind).  Its nice.  Seriously nice.  I’ve washed my hands twice now, just in the course of doing house stuff, and I can still smell it lingering.  But not in a bad way.

So, is it worth the £4.99 price tag.  I would say as its my first try with it, YES, its worth it. I’m simply impressed.

It will be interesting to see how many uses I actually get out of a bottle.  Now I can hear you North Americans sniggering in the back, I know you have had nail polish removers like this for like forever.  I even bought some 15 years ago to bring home with me as this simple concept had yet to grace our shores.  You can buy other dip and twists in the stores, not many, but you can.  But in terms of actual speed and delivery of claims, it delivers.  And you can’t say fairer than that!

What do you think?  Would you buy it?  What other removers are worth their weight in gold?