Thursday, 16 April 2009

Nice Nails!

I find that there is something therapeutic about painting my nails and almost feel a bit ‘naked’ if I’m out and they are bare, but, I HATE it when the varnish is even slightly chipped, especially if there is nothing you can do about it. So, I thought I’d share my opinions on a range of varnishes I’ve tried so you can avoid the ones that chip after a few hours!

My favourite by far is OPI, O.K so the colours aren’t that amazing or funky but it doesn’t chip and lasts such a long time and they are also constantly bringing out new collections so you always have something to choose from. RRP £9.95
Secret Beauty favourite: The aubergine ‘Lincoln Park at Midnight

Nails Inc may have pretty cool shades, but most of my nails have chipped by the end of the day, and I don’t even ‘do’ working with my hands. It is a shame as I love all the colours and they do regularly bring out new collections so I suppose it depends how long you’ll be wearing the varnish for and if you mind the chipped look. RRP £10.50
Secret Beauty favourite: Festival Pier for summery toes and Kabaret for a sophisticated take on the Goth trend.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour looks great on your dressing table, but unfortunately not so great on your nails. Now, I may be slightly fussy or it could be that nothing quite beats OPI for the ‘chip factor’, but Chanel seems to chip quite easily after a day or two, and when removing a dark colour I find it stays around the sides of my nails for days, no matter what I do! Having said that, the colours are classic, very rich and look extremely glossy, again, not necessarily ‘funky’, but definitely very classy. RRP £13.

Secret Beauty favourite: Rouge Noir for a glossy ‘red wine’ colour.

So, time for nails on more of a budget! Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish is great. It does exactly what it says on the tin and lasts for days. A fab range of shades to choose from and at about £3 a pop, you can afford to play around with the colours.

Secret Beauty Favourite? Shocker, for fun, bright fuchsia nails.


  1. Oh I agree with your review. OPI wins hands down for me. Chanel is pretty they have great colours but mine usually chips so I don't really bother with it anymore.Have not trieed the Rimmel. Been a while since I had my nails done or even did them myself. You have inspired me to get going with it tonight! Thanks.

  2. Glad to inspire you and I think most people I speak to love OPI, it's a just a shame their colours aren't more exciting, but then to be honest they'd probably be too out there for me!

  3. Reading this blog makes me want to paint my nails right now lol...which i need to really do...i love that fuchsia is the color i used the most on my nails

  4. I know, I love pink too (as you may be able to tell from my page!) x