I’ll be honest here, I’m completely rubbish at applying nail polish and for years I had gels to save me the hassle of keep reapplying chipped nail polish. Over the course of time, this just ruined the condition of my nails, and it was costing me a fortune every time I had them done. Now I love spending time painting my own nails, I actually find it therapeutic, plus it’s so much easier if I get bored with whatever shade I’m wearing or I see a brand bring out a new colour nail polish and obviously less of a dent on my bank balance!
I probably haven’t improved much at doing my own nails but that’s fine, it’s all good fun, right?
Itsy Nails London is a brand I absolutely love as their DuraPRO Gel Effect Nail Polish* acts just like a gel but without going through all the hassle. I’ve bought a couple of their nail colours and thought they were so brilliant I featured them in my February Favourites post. Then I was extremely lucky to get sent four shades from Itsy’s gorgeous Spring/Summer* collection and I was over the moon!
All four nail polishes are absolutely stunning shades and have such fun names: Drop Red Gorgeous (a bold orange/red), In Deep (a bright baby blue), Green With Envy (a vibrant green) and City Girl (a lilac/grey). Itsy also have other fab shades on their website or you could take a look at their Twitter page for regular updates of new stock. They have stacks of inspiration for nail art over on their Instagram.
Each polish only costs £5.99 and in just two coats you have beautiful opaque gel look nails. The shades are highly pigmented and they dry super quick, which is great if you’re doing them before you go out, or impatient like me. The soft, flat brush adapts to the shape of your nail, making it glide on really smoothly and doesn’t leave any streaks. It’s a fantastic alternative to having a gel manicure, saving me extra cash to buy one of Itsy’s other stunning shades.
These nail polishes last incredibly well, the colour on my finger nails was chip free after a week, but I’m more impressed that even after two weeks the polish on my toe nails still looked as it did on the day I applied it! Fantastic, if it can survive me knocking into everything and scraping my nails against stuff, then it can survive anything.
I love the way these polishes leave your nails looking so smooth, it’s almost as though you’ve had them professionally done. There’s no need for a base coat with Itsy nail polishes, although I usually apply a top coat to make it last a lot longer, but didn’t feel I needed it with these.
It’s so simple to take the polish off, you just use your normal nail varnish remover and after a gentle swipe it’s all gone.
Itsy Nails DuraPRO Gel Effect nail polishes are much kinder than having gels done at the beauty salon, they don’t contain harmful toxins and are cruelty free.
I can’t wait to see what shades Itsy Nails have out during the Autumn!
Have you tried Itsy Nail Gel Effect polishes? How did you get on? What’s your favourite summer shade of nail polish?