Nail polish is one of the few products that fashion and beauty lovers can indulge in without remorse. And for those on a budget, a drugstore find like Revlon's new ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel ($8.99 at London Drugs) may be more appealing than a department store or salon brand. The revamped formula--free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP and available in a variety of on-trend colours--promises gel-like shine and chip-proof colour for up to 11 days when worn with a base and top coat.
I first saw ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in action at the Revlon x London Drugs media preview I attended. The greige shade 'Bare Bones' stood out as my favourite, so much so that I bought a bottle when I spotted it in-store.
Compared to other nail polishes I've tried, Revlon's latest offering is kind of hit-and-miss. The overly long brush stem picked up excess polish which dripped down to the bristles, resulting in goopy rather than thin layers and flooded cuticles. Air bubbles marred the surface of more than a few nails.
Despite the uneven results, the polish was noticeably, almost mesmerizingly, shiny. It lasted almost 7 days with only one chip and some wear around the tips, after which the chipping rate accelerated. By day 8 or 9, it had chipped so much I had to remove it.
The final verdict: If there's a colour in Revlon's new ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel line that you really like, go for it. But otherwise you might be better off spending the same amount of money or a couple dollars more on OPI or Essie.
UPDATE: According to my gorgeous friend Anya, you need to use the special top and base coats in this line to reap the full chip-proof benefits of ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel: "I heven't tried them yet, but Revlon's educator, Leeanne Colley, told me that you have to use the line's base coat and top coat to get the full benefits. The polish is UV sensitive so if you put regular old top coat over it, it won't work its magic." Thanks for the tip!
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