No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour
To say I have a few nail polishes / varnishes / colours is an understatement, but I bet there are far bigger culprits out there with suitcases full of the things and to be honest I probably could do with binning a few of the ones I have. I read somewhere before that when your nail varnish gets gloopy you can add a little nail varnish remover to the bottle, shake it and it brings it back to life. Another tip is to heat the bottle up a little either by sticking it on a radiator (which would have to be hot – doh!) or vigoursly rolling the bottle between your hands. I prefer the first option but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet, bin the varnish and buy a new one.
That is what lead me to No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour. I had just finished a bottle of nude coloured varnish and was in need of a new black varnish so when in Boots a couple of weeks ago, I spotted these, the nude coloured one is called So Simple and the black one is called Just Black, fancy that! I can’t find my receipts but from what I remember, I think they cost about €7 each but please correct me if I’m wrong.
So onto my review – does So Simple and Just Black really Stay Perfect. Their bottles claim to ‘give a pigment rich colour with a quick drying ultra gloss finish’.
Let’s start with So Simple – When I initially started applying So Simple I thought it was rather watery and the brush left obvious streaks that would mean that I would definitely have to apply a second coat, which is no biggie as you do with most varnishes. Then I learnt that the knack was to glide over the nail, barely putting force on the brush, this worked much better and the colour was much fuller. I still had to apply three coats though. Drying time was okay but not that quick as I had to let three coats dry. The gloss finish was pretty good though. I know that if you add a clear top coat then your varnish will last much longer. I didn’t and it lasted about three/four days. Which is good is good in my books.
When it came to applying Just Black you can see from the photo that my nails are much shorter. That’s just a personal preference I have. I prefer darker nail varnishes on short nails. This time around I knew not to put too much pressure on the brush, I didn’t need three coats for the black as two were just fine. This could be down to the fact that they were short though. Again they didn’t dry that quickly – I’m thinking it took about 15 minutes. They have lasted though but again it’s easier to maintain shorter polished nails. * Correction – they actually didn’t last as long as I’d hoped! A protective top coat is definitely needed!
And so to my final verdict – Will No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in So Simple and Just Black be joining me for the long run? The answer is that they will be with me until they run out and then I’ll be trying a different brand. The reasons for this is the amount of coats I needed to get a full looking coat and the fact that it really isn’t that quick drying. I’d love to hear your opinions so be sure to leave a comment 🙂