I’m back for another review and this time it’s a double!! We’re gonna talk about nail polish and a fast-dry solution! I’ve never really been much of the manicure type girl. I could never be bothered with doing my nails, waiting for them to dry and having to deal with the ugliness of chipping from daily wear and tear. However… I have been converted! Oh the colours! Oh the formulas! Oh the joy to look down at my fingers with a splash of colour — it’s like happiness in a bottle! Well, so is red wine, but let’s stick to the topic here!
I typically lean towards darker berry or red colours for nail polish, however for the past month or so I’ve been completely in love with one particular nail polish: L’oreal Color Riche in #370 Eiffel For You.
Cute name, right? The reason why I reached for this one was because I was eyeing a particular nail polish colour by Essie for the longest time called “Chinchilly“. But I have never bit the bullet to dish out more than $5 on a bottle of nail polish because anything over that I think is just too much in my opinion. I mean, who goes through an entire bottle of nail polish? I hear the Essie polishes are awesome and I DO plan to purchase at least one, one of these days. But for now, me being the bargain hunter that I am, I will stick to nail polishes under the five-buck mark.
And so I lucked out and found a dupe for “Chinchilly” — literally “Eiffel For You” is pretty much identical to “Chinchilly”. I don’t know what it is about this colour but it just really appeals to me. I would consider it a neutral shade, somewhat in the nude family. It’s basically a very soft grey colour with a hint of lavender running through it. In certain lights it can look like a very medium shade of pure grey, a taupe-y grey shade, or even a greyish lavender shade. So versatile and very pretty!
My photos may not give this colour justice so I would recommend the next time you walk by the nail polish aisle while shopping, look for it and try it out — you’ll see how pretty it actually is.
The formula of the L’oreal Color Riche nail polishes are easy to work with (I have two in my collection). I find that the first coat can go on a tad streaky, but with a second coat, the finish is smooth, saturated and very easy to work with. I wouldn’t say that these are fast-drying polishes, however they seem to dry a lot quicker than other brands that I’ve tried. The colour payoff after 2 coats is pretty much all I need to bring out the true colour of the polish. The brush is your typical nail polish brush — small but not too small that you need a crazy amount of swipes to apply a coat — usually 3 swipes with a good helping of the polish on the brush is all I need to cover one nail.
I can definitely see myself coming back to this colour on those days when I want to wear something on my nails but just can’t decide on what colour to use — my new “go-to” polish for sure!
If you’re looking for a neutral nail colour I suggest this! I purchased this on sale at Shopper’s Drug Mart for $4.99Cdn.
I give the L’oreal Color Riche Nail Polish in Eiffel For You: a HIGH FIVE!
And how many of you Pretties simply love to wear nail polish but hate to wait for them to dry? Me Me Me!! Well, I have found a solution: the Essence Express Dry Drops.
No joke, this stuff is saving grace for saving time. First off, the Essence brand is a budget-friendly make-up brand that I believe is exclusive only to Shopper’s Drug Mart. The make-up I’ve seen in my SDM display includes nail polishes, lipstick, lip glosses, mascaras, eye shadows, blushes and much more.
I picked the Essence Express Dry Drops for $2.49Cdn. And listen to this: after I had used them for the first time… I went out and bought two more bottles of the stuff (I would’ve bought more, but the display only had 2 left!).
Basically, this is an oil formula. It comes with a little pipette applicator. After you paint your nails you can apply 1-2 drops of the Essence Express Dry Drops directly on each of your freshly painted nails. Within 2 minutes, my nails are dry to the touch! I got overly excited the first time I used this and I assumed my nails would be completely dry all the way through and I pressed them with my finger tip, but alas, they were not. (If anyone knows of such a miracle product please let me know!!!)
But dry to the touch is better than having to do the blowing on the nails for 5 minutes until you’re out of breath or waving your hands around in a fan-like motion for 10 minutes like a lunatic until your wrists are sore!
For me, the only downside of this, is that once it dries, I find that my cuticles and skin surrounding my nails tend to look a bit dry – but that’s nothing that some good hand moisturizer can’t fix and it is only temporary. After a couple minutes of this on my nails, I usually give my hands a gentle wash, rinsing around the fingertips and nails to wash off the excess oil, and then finish off my mani with a top coat.
These drops have saved me a lot of time over the past few months — especially with me changing my nail polish colour (or re-applying Eiffel For You once it gets a bit nasty looking) at least every weekend!
I give the Essence Express Dry Drops: a STANDING OVATION!
I hope you enjoyed my double review today, Pretties!
What nail polish are you obsessed with – colour, formula? Have you tried the Essence Express Dry Drops or another fast-dry nail pollish solution?
Thanks for tuning in Pretties!!