As anyone who knows me will tell you, I am all about a bargain. If I can get something cheaper, I will sniff it out. Like the quote from Taken, "I will look for you, I will find you and I will buy you."
I may have taken (ha) some liberties with the quote.
Anyway, because of all this, I often browse bargain basement shops in search of a good deal. One of these shops is Poundland, which I frequent often, in search of Revlon and Sally Hansen nail polishes. You can find them, typically they are stock other shops failed to shift, but still. For a quid? Bargain.
On many of these adventures, my eye has been caught by the Pretty display. Pretty is part of Quest Brands and is, I believe, sold exclusively in Poundland. If you've seen these displays, you will know that they have a huge range of polishes, covering all the bases when it comes to trends. I did often contemplate buying them, but then stopped myself. While I am all for finding a bargain, I had no point of reference for this brand. Even though it is just a pound, I didn't want to buy it if I would never use it again.
Well, my sister solved that problem for me! In our house (yes, I'm twenty something and live with my mother. It's been a hard year, shush) we do our own advent calender. In previous years it was my mother buying for all of us kids, but this year we decided to do it secret santa stylee and all buy for each other. The secret santa part failed epically, but all the present buying has been lovely so far!
Anyway, to the topic at hand, my gift yesterday was a Pretty Nail Kit. It's part of the sugar glaze collection and is a gorgeous mint colour. Again, I was apprehensive, but decided I needed to try it. It was only polite.
Upon first opening, I could see it was going to be sheer and it was. But the colour really is pretty, matches my purse perfectly, and is one of my favourite colours. Applying it to my nails, the consistency was thin and somewhat streaky. It took four coats to get it up to my standards of opacity, but I could have stopped at three. It was just some slight streakiness remaining that was only noticeable on close inspection that convinced me to go for four.
The "sugar" that comes in this set does create an interesting texture- the instructions on the back of the packet say to apply one coat of polish, let it dry, then apply another and apply the "sugar" while the polish is still wet. Well, I applied two coats to dry but otherwise followed the instructions.
When first applied, the "sugar" is a pale mint green very similar to the polish itself. The packet dictated further instructions to apply a clear top to make it last longer. Once you do this, the "sugar" changes colour to a slightly darker mint green. It's still very pretty, just not the same as it was before. The texture also softens and is not as sandy (if you see what I mean) as when first applied.
The colour overall, it has just occurred to me, is very reminiscent of China Glaze's "For Audrey". I will do a swatch at a later date to fully compare.
Overall, I do like this kit. Yes, it takes a few coats to meet my high standards of opacity, but it's dried solid and in a reasonable amount of time and the colour is lovely. I like the textured effect the sugar gives, and the instructions on the packet are clear. For the price you're paying, it's amazing and I would definitely buy it again. Or accept it as a gift!
Now, onto the pictures!
|I took it out of the packaging before I thought to take a picture. Doh!|
|As close as I can get to colour accuracy, it's actually every so sliiiightly greener than this|
And that's the end of this post! Have you tried Pretty Nail Polish? What did you think? I think I may be getting another one in my advent calender, giving my mother's slip up asking what Suede Nails meant when I opened it and just said it was nail polish. Haha! Way to ruin the surprise MUMMY. I'll write up what the other one is like, if indeed I get one, and post about it when I do.
Thanks for reading!