I am an avid nail varnish user. I seem to collect shades of red and pink, black and grey, and a few bright colours.
I'm very much and 'either, or', kind of person. I either want clean, straight, bare nails which are perfectly shaped and dirt-free, or a set of perfectly polished talons. I like the simple things, you see.
I can't stand bare nails, I'm a sucker for colour, and a neat, clean manicure always has my heart. I think most women think the same; no-one will admit to liking a scruffy, chipped nail job because frankly it looks messy, and unkempt is just unattractive.
Please note there is a difference between intentionally unkempt, and unintentional messiness. Intentional is slightly mussed up hair, with make up not-quite perfect, but you still manage to look 'good'. Unintentional, is through a lack of time/organisation, and sometimes bad luck (like being suddenly splashed with muddy water, when you've just arrived outside your work place). The latter, I have no patience for, and thus, actively avoid.
With so many make up brands on the market it's hard to choose which nail varnish you want to invest in, and which to ignore.
High Street brands such as Rimmel, Barry M, MUA, Collection 2000, and are decent nail varnish producers, with a vast range of on-trend colours. However, with such High Street brands, I've found the nail varnish to chip after two days, and I'd rather not keep re-applying at inappropriate times and end up with a messy nail look. No thank you.
Max Factor is somewhat of an 'old' brand in my eyes, but they're longevity is down to the fact their products are so good. Their Glossfinity nail varnish is superb.
I used my sister's Glossfinity (Dusky Rose shade 105), a few weeks ago, and couldn't believe how long it lasted. I am truly impressed because PR statements rarely live up to the claims, but Max Factor have hit home with this particular varnish.
I bought the same nail varnish in the ruby fruit shade 185 a matter of days ago, and painted my nails with two coats. I have yet to put a topcoat over my nails, but after three days of washing up, showering, cooking, and just general living, my nail varnish has stayed in tact.
In terms of drying time, I let my nails dry naturally for 30 minutes between each coat. Admittedly, the first coat was dry within 10 minutes, but I am somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to my nails, and I didn't want to risk any smudging.
It is now four days since using the nail varnish, and it doesn't look as though it's going to chip. I'm hoping it stays put for the weekend, so I don't have to take another hour out of my day to paint them.
A little goes a long way with Glossfinity too. After two coats my toe and finger nails matched the colour of the nail polish bottle, much to my delight.
The bottle itself isn't very large; for £5.99 you get 11ml of your desired colour. While I've yet to see if I'll have 'glossy nails for up to 7 days', right now, my nail game is looking good, and it's one less thing I have to think about - in terms of vanity, anyway.