With Spring creeping up on us, no doubt we’ll be seeing a whole host of new, season inspired manis for us to try and imitate. So I’ve taken it upon myself to share with you my collected knowledge of the pros and the cons of various nail varnishes from the intimidating array of brands and options out there. I’ve compiled a list of five, each with their own star rating, my personal experience of using them and shades that I recommend.

Revlon Nail Enamel £6.49Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 19.16.19

This polish just seems to have a somewhat grown up feel to it. Still to this day old-school make up muse Revlon are going strong and don’t disappoint when it comes to their Nail Enamel pots. With the likes of Olivia Wilde fronting their campaigns and their huge choice of classic colours, Revlon’s Nail Enamel’s are a high contender on my list. The smooth application, large pot sizes and selection of colours ranging from classic shades to glittery offerings all bode well with me and I would highly recommend browsing the collection. The only thing stopping this option getting full marks? From my experience, it chips after one day – not ideal for a busy day at uni! Despite this, it’s reasonable price is more student friendly than some of the top brands.


Colours To Try: ‘Bewitching’ is a gorgeous reddy pink, perfect for all times of the year or for a cooler, edgier look try ‘Fashionista’.


Ciaté Paint Pots £9.00 Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 19.16.19

These beauties make me excited just looking at them. Gorgeous packaging, fun colours and a durability of up to two days before chipping – these paint pots have a huge thumbs up from me. Probably best to buy as a treat to yourself (they aren’t exactly student friendly), these pots won’t disappoint. Ciaté are unique in their huge range of colours, styles and textures – caviar pearls and sequins to name a few, and I would definitely recommend trying them for yourself.


Colours To Try: I adore ‘Ferris Wheel’ a baby blue shade perfect for this season’s pastel trend. For a glitter effect ‘Serendipity’ is gorgeous – an ultra girly barbie-esque pink. Also, if you’re feeling adventurous and fancy something a little different, I’d highly recommend trying the Ciaté Caviar Manicure in ‘Cookies and Cream’.


Barry M Nail Paint £2.99 Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 19.16.19

A well known name in the world of varnish, Mr Barry M has done well to deliver hundreds of gorgeous colours over the years. The downside? Chipability. No matter what colour or texture of Barry M Nail Paint I use, I can guarantee it will chip or peel, sometimes not even lasting 24hrs. But no matter how many times I tell myself I won’t be buying these pots anymore, I just can’t seem to help myself. The colours are just too good – there’s every shade imaginable! And not to mention the endless textures including the newly launched Silk range. So for the measly price of £2.99 for all these fun and fabulous varnishes, do I really care that it doesn’t last long? It makes them ideal for a night out where your nails need to look good but for one night only.


Colours To Try: The gorgeous deep pink colour of ‘Raspberry’ is a long-standing favourite of mine. Paired together with a coat of ‘Pink Sappire’ from the Jewel Glitter Collection over the top, this really is a match made in heaven.

Mavala Mini Colour Nail Polish £4.50Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 19.16.19

These dinky little pots come in a range of colours, some of which are perfect for Summer. Mavala isn’t a brand that I’d seem to turn to straightaway but their nail care products, although slightly on the expensive side, are truly perfect for issues such as ridges and weak nails. I do however feel, being a student and all, the price is a little expensive for such a small, albeit cute, pot. This being said, from my experience, it is one of the most durable polishes I have used, lasting up to three days before chipping.


Colours To Try: My personal favourites are both from Mavala’s Chili and Spice S/S13 Collection. For a bright orange hue which is guaranteed to stand out from the crowd, I’d recommend ‘Jaipur’. For something a little more subtle yet still bright enough for Summer, I love ‘Bamako’ – a rich, aqua green colour which looks amazing with a tan.

O.P.I Nail Lacquer £11.50Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 19.16.19

Yes I squeal a little bit inside too on seeing the price but OPI’s Nail Lacquer is truly worth it. If you want a long-lasting, salon worthy mani, coming in an extensive range of shades and styles – OPI is your one stop saviour. Quick drying, easy application and gorgeous limited edition collections released constantly, what more could a girl want?

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Colours To Try: My ultimate favourite has got to be ‘Which is Witch?’ a glitter effect with chunky sparkles, allowing it to be perfect as a glitter overcoat for other colours or layered up on it’s own. Another gorgeous shade is ‘What Wizardry is This?’ from the Liquid Sand collection – a chunky glitter effect which literally feels and applies like sand.

So there’s my run-down of the top nail-varnishes for the season, let me know if there are any other gems I need to check out – Happy pampering!