Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about anxiety, minimalism and eyeshadow.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Birchbox Product Review: Leighton Denny Nail Polish

I received this in my February Birchbox in the shade "Diamond Diva" (I think, there's no label on the bottle and Birchbox doesn't list it, so I'm getting this from not-great quality photos on the Leighton Denny website) - if you'd like to see my first impressions and what else I got, I did an unboxing post here. Initially I was disappointed as out of all the options available this was the one I was least drawn to, that was, until I looked closer.

It's a truly amazing colour that I'm still not even sure how to go about describing in some light's it silver, in others' it's blue, green, grey or all of the above. It can look super subtle, it can look metallic, sparkly or bold and colourful - it's a true chameleon. It's different from everything not just in my collection, but unlike anything I've seen anywhere else - and of course, as is always the case when you find a new amazing colour of anything... the photos don't do it justice.

So, I'll try and pick my jaw back up and wipe away the drool shall I. Let's be objective for a minute here Kitty, then you can go back to huddling in that dark corner with "the Precious".  We were given full size bottles in the Birchboxes, always nice, and that full size is a very pleasing 12ml - which certainly helps the £11 price tag seem even more reasonable. Packaging wise, I like the style, it's nice and chunky and solid feeling (though I'd have said that about Nails Inc until I dropped and smashed one all over the kitchen floor... and chairs... and jumper on the chair.. and very almost the cat too, but that's a story for another time) and the clear plastic shell on the lid, matching the thick glass at the bottom, gives it a very deluxe feel.

Application wise, OK, much as I'm in love with it, it's not the best.It takes at least four coats. Yup. It goes on very transparent and also, unfortunately quite uneven so I really don't think you could kind of 'get away' with fewer coats - it would be really noticeable. The brush is quite long and thin, it feels like an Essie brush to me: not my favourite, but obviously lots of people do love 'em. 

 The one on the left has the white under it, and while it is a little noticeable here, it's a lot more obvious in person!

In the interest of research I tried painting it on over a couple of coats of white, to see if that built it up better/faster but no, it didn't help. It took two coats of white to get a nice even base and then three coats of the Diamond Diva on top... so that's actually an extra coat and to be honest, I actually don't like the look of it with the white underneath, it makes the colour look much more flat, so scrap that idea Kitty!

Obviously, one of the downsides of having to apply four coats (and not really thin ones at that) is that the dry time is insane. I don't know if you can really see it in the photos, but there's a little chunk outta my thumb nail, which obviously I would not normally photograph, but given that it had taken almost an hour to get them to that point, there was no way I was starting one again! Obviously, you could use a quick dry topcoat and reduce this issue immensely, I didn't because I wanted to be able to talk about dry time, wear time and removal fairly.

So how did it wear? Well, once it was finally dry, it did pretty well. I'm a clumsy person so I don't typically like to say it lasted X amount of days - because it would probably last more on a less clumsy person - so what I'll say is that compared to other brands of polish I like it held it's own. Didn't do as well as Nails Inc or a couple of others, but was certainly inline with Revlon and Bourjois for me.

Removing it was fine, like a lot of you glitter polish fills me with fear and makes my little Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover start to quiver and sob, but relax this is actually absolutely fine to take off; you notice the glitter, but there's no battling with it. 

So, overall I do still love this, despite the long application process. It's definitely not something you'd fling on as you're running late and trying to get out the door, but then it's nice to have some polishes that are special and we maybe keep for more special occasions, and this for me, definitely warrants being one of those; it's a truly unique colour, that yes, is slightly let down by the formula, but I'm sure that's not enough to stop me making use of it when the special occasion arises.

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