- Maybelline 286 Maybe Blue
- Silver rectangular studs
Pretty simple, but I really wanted to showcase this gorgeous blue that I found near the back of my polish stash. It's bright and happy, but with just the tiniest hint of gray to give it an interesting edge. I'm really enjoying this color!
I'm an absolute sucker for mints and corals this spring and I'm loving every second of it. This fresh and pretty color most certainly made me feel better about the rain outside!
There's nothing surprising about pastels for spring, but that doesn't make it a bad choice if you ask me. Especially not when it's a nice mint. I see it popping up more and more in stores and I love it. My roommate has a gorgeous mint backpack that I'm not-so-secretly kinda jealous of.
I'd already used this polish in my watercolor nail art, but this time I decided to let it star on its own with a nice glossy top coat.
It's a nice cream polish that's opaque in two coats. The brush is long and narrow, but it fans out nicely which makes the polish easy to apply. Very happy overall.
Oh, did you notice that I filed my nails round? I broke a bunch of corners on them and after watching so many videos by Kirakiranail, a little bit more round seemed like a good solution. What do you prefer, rounded tips or square?
When it was announced that the British brand MUA would start selling in The Netherlands, my very first thought was, of course, "What will the nail polishes be like?" Time to find out!
First things first, someone took a very close look at Essie polish bottles. I know I'm not the first person to notice this, but wow.
They all contain 6.2 ml of polish and have a small brush that is a bit on the short and narrow side.
I purchased the lightest pink color myself and my roommate came home with the two darker colors. I figured I'd include them here to get a good feel of what the polishes are like.
Lush Lilac is a cute ballerina pink with a cream finish. No purple tones in sight, despite what the name may suggest. A light pink like this tends to be a bit of a difficult color and this was no exception. It applied pretty blotchy and uneven for the first two coats, but a third one evened it all out. It wasn't perfect, but acceptable.
The color doesn't go with my skin color very well and my camera struggled with it as well, but it is a super cute and super girly pink.
On to Fever Red, which is a very pretty deep red with a cream finish. The first coat was blotchy, which worried me a little, but with the second it all turned out nice and opaque. This color was very difficult to capture on camera and this was the closest I could get, but it is a teeny bit darker, nudging towards a wine red.
I don't wear straight up red polish a lot, but I have to say that I do like this one.
And last we have Plum Noir. A reddish purple with a cream finish and a real stunner on the nails. It's definitely not nearly as dark as the name suggests. I guess the color naming department is more focused on sounding creative and fun rather than being accurate. It was nicely opaque with two coats. This is definitely my favorite of the three!
All-in-all I think these polishes are okay. Nothing spectacular, but also not awful. I prefer a wider brush, but that's a personal thing. I do think that for the price at which they're sold (€2.49 here in The Netherlands), it might be a better idea to take a look at what colors Essence has available.
Have you tried any MUA polishes yet? What did you think?
On my nails today is this lovely bright mint. Isn't it gorgeous? I can't think of anything more appropriate for summer. Of course it isn't summer yet, but let a girl dream.
My roommate bought it for herself, but she had a lot of chipping and just couldn't make it last for more than a day. I've had similar experiences with this brand, so I wasn't exactly surprised to hear that. It always makes me super sad, because their color selection is so nice!
So yeah, I had to give it a try. I mean, have you seen that color? Ugh, I'm in love.
The picture above shows what this looked like on the nails after two days. It's actually a whole lot better than I expected, but then again I kinda expected the worst. I used two coats and it was perfectly opaque. At least there's that.
After two days it did chip a little on two corners on each hand and there's also a little bit of tip wear, but all in all, it still looks pretty nice. I did find that applying topcoat was crucial though. One of the chips happened before I could even get the top coat on!
I added a thin layer of top coat every day, just to give this polish the maximum chance of success and I honestly think that that's the main reason it held on. A couple of hours after I took that picture pretty much half of the polish on my left index finger chipped off and that marked the end of this mani.
All in all the staying power of this polish isn't exactly fantastic, but the color makes up for a lot. I probably will be borrowing this polish from my roommate again in the future when I'm looking for a day or two of bright and bold color.
The facts: HEMA Long Lasting Nailpolish #842, 11 ml
Hi! My name is Saskia, I'm 26 years old and I have an obsession with nail polish, kitties and flamingos. I love pretty colors and I like to show off what's on my nails, so I talk about these things on here.
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