My Top Five Nail Polishes

Favourite Nail Polishes

Hey Sweeties,

Firstly, I am delighted to officially confirm that I completed Lent having given up all purchasing of beauty products, whoopie! I won’t be going mad now in Boots but of course a haul is probably on the cards in the not too distant future owing to running pretty low on a few things.

So today I thought I would talk through my top five favourite nail polishes….

Favourite Nail polishes

I dont have a big collection of polishes, mostly owing to throwing a load out not too long ago that had just reached their sell by date and had dried up, but also because I just don’t have a lot anyway. In fact, I probably could do with having a bit of an overhaul of my collection and fill in any colour gaps…

Anyway, of my collection, my top five go-to polishes are: Rimmel Wear Maxx in shade 367, Chocolate Factory; Rimmel 60 Seconds in shade 504, District-ly Come Dancing; Bourjois 1 Second (Gel Silicone Texture) in shade Unknown; NYX in shade NPS 122, Coral Sensation; Tanya Burr in shade, Penguin Chic.

Favourite nail polishes

Of the five, for quality Bourjois I think win it hands down with their 1 Seconde range. I only own the one of theirs and I got this as part of a gift set when I subscribed to Company magazine a couple of years ago but the closest thing I can compare it to is Shellac. All this needs is one coat and the colour payoff is incredible and literally doesn’t chip for a week. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the name/shade of this particular colour but it’s basically like a dark red wine.

I reviewed Tanya Burr’s Penguin Chic last year (here) and following purchasing, it quickly became a favourite and I am definitely keen to collect more from her range. Penguin Chic is so wearable and is great for work, when I use this colour I often leave one of my fingers clear and painting it instead with a gold polish (as seen in a previous Weekly Workwear Highlight post, here).

I discovered NYX when I used to subscribe to Love Me Beauty and recieved it in one of my monthly beauty boxes. The brand for me personally isn’t one I feel I need to invest more into but I do love this coral coloured polish; it’s light to wear and applies well.

Rimmel London have crept into the mix almost by accident but when I am in the market for a new polish, I do seem to steer myself towards their stand and this is for both their colour range, and actually on price. Sometimes I just don’t feel like spending £6 on nail polish and their little bottles I think cost about £4 and certainly quality is not jeopardised here.

You are probably wondering why Barry M haven’t made it into my top five and it’s not because I don’t like them, despite making up a proportion of my collection they just aren’t actually my go-to anymore which I think applies to the brand overall. When they first hit the beauty scene everyone -myself included- went crazy for them, particularly the Dazzle Dust eye glitters and their other eye shadow ranges. Maybe it’s an age thing but I have sort of grown out of them now… can I say such a thing? Well I just did.

Barry M nail polish

No longer lovin’ Barry

What are your favourite nail polishes or your favourite fail safe go-to brands?

I may make ‘My Top Five’ into a new series of posts so I can pick out my favourite products within my makeup collection… what do you think?

Until next time x



  1. tatumwrites 7th April 2015 / 11:43 am

    I’m surprised OPI isnt here! also, you really need to check out MAC’s nail polish. i swear it lasts forever on your nails. xx

    • Claire Way 8th April 2015 / 5:38 pm

      You know I would never have thought to go to Mac for nails, thank you for the recommendation 🙂

    • Claire Way 8th April 2015 / 5:37 pm

      Thank you -I’m following you back too, I really like your blog and may well be giving that Nivea in shower moisturiser a go! 🙂

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