Addicts Anonymous: Poundland Nail Varnishes

by - Tuesday, November 04, 2014

 Ladies and Gentlemen, I have a cosmetics addiction. Luckily for me, it isn't likely to break the bank any time soon; I'm addicted to Poundland nail varnishes. That right - Poundland do a cracking line in ex-stock cosmetics, ranging from the slightly dubious (Magenta clothing anyone?) to the bona fide, household names at a fraction of the price. 

I'm not much of a make-up wearer in general, but I do like to get my girly kicks through a pop of colour. With winter fast approaching, I've ditched my normal pastel palette in favour of much richer tones, and nails are a great place to start if you're not sure whether a colour will suit you. Now I've got a full time job, I've found the Sunday night habit of a luxurious bath followed by a nail paint super-relaxing, so of course I need to keep trying new colours right? Any excuse. 

With poundlands and poundworlds scattered all over the place, there's no excuse not to get rummaging - for every minging khaki or neon shade, there is sure to be a great find from last season. Make sure to give it a quick shake to avoid any seperation, ignore the foreign ingredients list (who reads those anyway) and get to work!

Here are the varnishes I've popped in my shopping basket over the past few months.

Rimmel Lycra Pro in 'Urban Purple' RRP £4.99
I'm painting this one on for the first time as we speak. Well not quite literally, seen as I don't want to get varnish on my macbook, but you get my drift. After one coat, it's already a lovely rich pink, tinged with burgundy, similar to the emo tones everyone was dip-dying their hair with in homage to My Chemical Romance back in 2006. Of course, I'm expecting good things seen as it's a Rimmel brand - my favourite!

Rimmel Space Dust in 'Shooting Star', RRP £3.99
Having tried out my housemate's purple version of this, I was completely blown away at how pigmented it is and practically ran to the till when I found it in silver. This is absolutely perfect for the party season and lasts a good week, although it is so eye-grabbing on it's own I'd probably avoid piling on the jewellery with it.

Rimmel French Manicure Pro, RRP £2.99

Up to ten days? Yeah alright Rimmel. I found that this chipped after about three, although it does provide some great subtle colour for work or anything overly formal. It's also a great base coat, and I imagine if paired with the white varnish in this range, would make for a pretty french look. 

Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate Moss in 'Punk Rock', RRP £4.49
I was really chuffed to find this, as the bottle is huge and really comfortable to hold. The 10 days lasting time is fairly reasonable if you layer it thinly - one coat is enough for a nice purple, whereas two creates a really grungy nearly-black which looks quite glamorous. I wore this at Leeds festival in August actually to hide my dirty festival nails (gross I know), and it really did the job. 

Maybelline Forever Strong Pro in 'Ceramic Blue', RRP £4.49

My favourite of the bunch, even if it wasn't my darling Rimmel, This purchase came about when I was desperately searching for a white varnish during my minimal phase, but fell for the subtle blue of this instead. It layers really prettily from almost grey to quite vibrant blue, but it lasts for ages if your patient between coats.  It could just be the placebo effect, but my nails definitely  felt stronger when i was wearing this too. Would definitely recommend for winter for those who can't leave the pastels alone!

Have you snagged any beauty bargains in Poundland recently? Let me know! 

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