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29.9.10

Elfie Nails

I've run into Autumn like a child running towards a bouncy castle. I was more than happy to put the summer dresses away (mainly because I hadn't worn them since June anyway) and get out the jumpers. But just like any girl, a new season means a new reason (or excuse) to go shopping for 'in-season' items... and this time it was nail polish. I'm so over the shades from 2009 so I've brushed them to one side and gone a bit crazy on eyeslipsface.co.uk. Oops.

I would say I invested in four new shades, but when they cost £1.50 each you can hardly call it an investment. I ordered these four shades and they arrived a mere 48hours later with a little jump for joy. So we've got Smoky Brown, Purple Pleaser, Rosy Raisin and Plum. Although from the bottle pictures I look like a crazy woman for buying three practically identical shades, from my nail shot you can see there's actually a big difference...

 

Plum, Rosy Raisin, Purple Pleaser, Smoky Brown

The nail varnishes come in fab square bottles and outer packaging that makes them look a lot more expensive than their £1.50 price. The polish applies nicely and it's easy to get to the corner of your nail thanks to the sturdy handle - the only downside is that some of the brushes were a little uneven or had stray fibres, but you can't really quibble at the cost. I applied two coats of each to start with, but you really need three to get a full colour. Unless you use a topcoat the dark colours do start chipping after a day or two, but that's due to the thickness of the formula which is inevitable because of the price.

I really liked the shades and would definitely buy some more colours. When I compare these to the other cheaper brands on the market (including Collection 2000, Rimmel, 2True etc) they stand their ground and are actually preferable to a lot of variants. Overall they're fab colours, arrived super quick, have a fab price and don't look cheapy. Perfect for pre-payday shopping urges.
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5 comments

  1. I've tried almost everything ELF has but have avoided the nail varnishes but Plum may sneek it's way onto my next order. The packaging does indeed look quite swanky for the price, much better than Essie's which I think looks 1950s but not in a 'good' vintage way!
    Kat x Click&Make-Up

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  2. The colours are really good and you get a decent amount. It does chip badly if you don't use topcoat, but for £1.50 you can't complain! x

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  3. I think that the uneven brush hair is intentional – I think it's easier to reach the inner corners of the nail

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  4. It definitely wasn't intentional - it differed from polish to polish. x

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  5. Purple Pleaser is a beaut! x

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