Nails of the Day – Color Club Raspberry Rush

When I was at Professional Beauty this week I found a stand selling 2 Color Club nail polishes for £5, so I indulged in 4 of the beauties. The first one I thought I’d try is Raspberry Rush from the previous collection of scented nail polishes – the Wicked Sweet Collection. I already have Gimme a Grape Big Kiss, which I love, so figured this would be just as good.

It is!

It’s a lovely bright jelly pink, verging on neon but it doesn’t seem to have that white base to it that a lot of neons do. It applies super-smoothly and two coats left it opaque. You do have to be careful when doing the second coat that you paint all over the nail again, as if not, I realised the difference in the two coats is really visible.

My favourite thing about it is the smell – Raspberry Rush would lead you to believe it was raspberry scented, but to me, it smells exactly like a bubble gum I used to have – it doesn’t smell of bubble gum, just *that* bubble gum… it came in individual pink packets and had a juicy bit in the middle… if anyone knows what I mean, please let me know! {update: Bubaloo! Thank you Rachel!} My son thought they were a bit cherryish, which I agree with – not synthetic cherry (bleurgh!) but proper cherry-cherry! The smell isn’t too strong – you can’t smell it all the time, but every time I bring my hands to my face I get a pleasant reminder!

For £2.50, I’m a very happy lady!

Nails of the Day – Color Club Gimme a Grape Big Kiss

My nails are in seeeeeerrrriously bad condition at the moment – they keep peeling and splitting, so I’ve had to cut them really short. So short that they hurt (physically, I’m learning to live with the emotional effects). I know they could do with a couple of weeks of Dr Lewins treatment, but I just can’t face the thought of two whole polish-free weeks!

I think bright colours look absolutely fab on short nails, so I took the opportunity to try out Gimme a Grape Big Kiss by Color Club, a scented neon purple shade. This polish is part of the Wicked Sweet collection – a range of foodily scented nail varnishes released for Summer 2011. The scent on Gimme a Grape Big Kiss, is obviously grape – but that fake grape smell that you used to get on scratch and sniff stickers as a child, and very highly scented. I applied two coats of the polish, and because I was more fussed about preserving the colour than the scent, I used Seche Vite over the top. The smell was still very strong, but not overpowering in any way.

The swatch photos that I’d seen had shown Gimme a Grape Big Kiss to be ultra-neon, when in fact it’s not. It is definitely the brightest purple polish I own, but not sure I could go as far to giving it a “neon” tag. It has a fuchsia tone to it but would definitely fall into the purple category.

This is the first Color Club polish I own and I’m thoroughly impressed. I’m not sure if it’s the formula of the polish, or the fact I have super-short nails at the moment, but this has lasted for four days on my nails without any sign of wear and tear, and that is a long long time in my world!

I’d really like to try some other Color Club polishes – if you have any recommendations please let me know in the comments box 🙂

Revlon Scents of Summer Nail Polishes

I heard about Revlon’s scented nail polishes via Twitter and immediately decided I neeeeeeeeeeeeded the Bubblegum one – I love the smell of bubblegum, and I, personally, can’t have enough pink polishes in my collection. I kept going to Boots in the hopes of finding it but all I kept seeing were the purple (Passion Fruit) and frosty green (Beach).  I was told to try in larger stores, which I was all set to do, until the lovely Revlon sent me a package with 5 of the 8 scented polishes in it.

I love the idea of scented polish – it’s something I’ve never seen before and it leaves me wondering what will be next in the nail polish world. You would think that the fact the polishes are fragranced highly enough for you to smell them, they would be laden with chemicals which can’t be any good to sniff. Revlon have actually been free of DBP, Toulene and Formaldehyde since 1992. Sniff away.

I have tested these out over the past couple of weeks and really enjoyed them. The scents are meant to be reminiscent of summer, and while they are summery smells, I can’t help think that some of them have been named wrongly! Bubblegum smells of watermelon, Passion Fruit smells of raspberries, and Peach Smoothie of refreshers! Whatever their names, they are all yummy smells.

I noticed that Mad About Mango, and Ocean Breeze seemed to be the strongest smelling – I could smell them every time my hands went near my face – including while eating which was a little weird. Peach Smoothie’s smell seemed to fade the fastest.

I used two coats of each polish, without a base coat. I was advised that the smell would be more present without it. The nail polish has lasted well, with tipwear after a couple of days but no major chips. I love the formula of Revlon polishes and Passion Fruit is a prime example of how a formula should be – it glides on so effortlessly which really helps to get that perfect manicured look.

I’m really pleased I got to try these out – thank you very much Revlon!

These polishes are limited edition, after August 2011 you won’t find them on your shelves. They are priced at £6.49 but are on special offer of 2 for £8 at Boots at the moment. I highly recommend them!