Craving Coral

I rarely really splash out on a nail varnish, spending £5 maximum for a single one (student budget and all), but after a friend tried out a nude coloured Revlon nail varnish for a holiday, I decided to stretch my budget just a teensy bit. My usual collection of varnishes are of the cheaper brands, such as Barry M or 2True, and haven't found that it massively takes away from the quality of the product, except for the fact that most need a good few coats (apart from Collection 2000). However, after emptying my purse a tad more on the nail varnish front, using the Revlon varnish feels like a bit of a nail varnish luxury.

I bought the polish in shade 990 'One Perfect Coral'- a bright, summery colour that goes with almost any outfit. I was actually expecting it to be a lot more corally on the nail, getting more of a lighter red than those real orangey hues. Nevertheless, it's still a really gorgeous colour that would complement most skin tones and  brighten up most outfits.

 What I love most about this product though is the application. The brush is fairly small, but not too small, which makes it easy to cover the nail in about three strokes, unlike other polishes such as Collection 2000 where the brush is a bit too big and clumpy. You definitely get what you pay for with this product as not only does one coat do the trick, completely covering the nail with a vibrant, rich colour, but it lasts a very long time.

That's probably the thing that sets it apart from the brands that are a bit cheaper- I have had this on for a week now and I haven't had a single chip (and I'm not exaggerating!). The brand promises about 10 days wear from this quality nail varnish and I wouldn't doubt that it could last this long, whereas the red Rimmel '60 Seconds' polish I also own, although is half the price, chips after a few days.

The fact that you get a good amount of polish justifies the price- instead of paying £3 or £4 for a fairly small pot, you get 14.7ml, which is actually quite a lot. So for quite a lot of nail varnish that's chip-resistant, easy to apply, has amazing coverage in one coat and is full of rich colour, the £6.49 price tag is well justified.

After a few days of wearing the coral on it's own, I decided to jazz it up a little bit by painting the tips black (Collection 2000 varnish) to create a twist on a French manicure. As much as I do love the Revlon varnish, I think for me personally I'd only get it for timeless colours such as reds and corals that I know I'd get a lot of wear from, but if could afford a nice little collection of them I wouldn't think twice!

Revlon nail varnishes are available for £6.49, but Superdrug currently have a 'buy one, get one half price' deal on at the moment that I might just have to take advantage of for a pre-uni nail varnish splurge!

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