Thursday, 20 March 2014

Review: Models Own pastel nail polish

I saw these Models Own pastel coloured nail polishes in Boots yonks ago, but didn't buy them as I didn't know Models Own's animal testing policy. I've since researched and discovered that they have a very good policy and gave very straight forward answers when questioned about it - makes a nice change! Rest assured, I will not review anything that is isn't, to the best of my knowledge, cruelty free.

With the sun shining on the weekend, I was thinking of summer and ice cream, so I finally took the plunge and bought three polishes:

  • Banana Split
  • Strawberry Tart
  • Blueberry Muffin

They look just gorgeous in the packaging. I like that the bottles are the same width all the way down - makes storage/travel a lot easier and the chunky lid is easy to keep hold of.

I was really looking forward to using these, so was a bit disappointed when I came to paint my nails as it was pretty difficult to get an even layer. I found I had to put it on quite thickly to cover the nail well, as thin layers wouldn't be smooth. The formula also meant that the brush would pick up the polish again in certain areas if I used more than one stroke, again making an even coating very difficult. 

Drying time:
In the end I applied three quite thick coats, which took forever to dry. After an hour they still weren't fully dry and I had to go to bed and hope for the best. I woke up with a few minor scuffs, but no major smudges.

I usually chip nail polish within five minutes. Once it was finally dry it felt pretty solid and, three days later, with lots of cooking, typing, driving and gym visits, there are no chips. I'm hopeful for a good length of wear, which would make the considerable time it took to apply and dry worth it. 

These polishes are supposed to be scented - the scent corresponding to the name and colour. Whilst applying, they smelled like any other polish, but the day after, there was a definite whiff about my nails. Nothing noticeable or obvious - you'd have to properly sniff your hand to smell it - so it seems a bit pointless and gimmicky.

There's no denying how cute they look - despite the problems I had applying the polish, I'll still use them again and will be rocking pastel nails this spring and summer. I'll just have to make sure I set aside plenty of time to let them dry and invest in a good top coat, so they last as long as possible. The colours are everything you'd want from a pastel polish - pale, sweet, candy hues. 

Have you tried these polishes? What did you think? I love to read your comments, so leave your thoughts or recommendations below!


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  1. @poppycocktails20 March 2014 at 10:45

    When I had my nails painted last (highlighter yellow) he used a tippex like base which meant the colour went on evenly and 'popped' a lot better (compared to my pedicure which I did myself and was pitiful) I think that would probably help here too?

    1. Ooh, interesting! That makes sense - I'll have to investigate! Was it just a white polish, or some kind of base coat? x

  2. Is that Strawberry Shortcakes cat?? i'm sure I used to have that as a girl!!

    1. Yes, it is! :D I've had it since I was a little girl! It still has the *faintest* scent of strawberry :) I had Strawberry Shortcake and their giant strawberry home too x


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