Review | Boots No 17 Fast Finish Nail Polish in ‘Nightshade’ (black)

Black-nail-polish

Oh dear. I really wanted to like this. I'd wanted black nail polish for a while, but I'm kinda wishing I'd just gone for the Chanel one I really wanted rather than trying to save money here, because although Boots No. 17's fast Finish Polish is certainly cheap, at £2.88 per bottle, I soon found out why.

Despite shaking this thoroughly before using it, the polish was still very watery: so much so that I needed three coats to get it to the jet black shown above – the first just left my nails a watery grey, and the second wasn't a whole lot better. It does dry fast, which is one of its main selling points, but because I had to keep piling on more of it, I didn't really save any time, and some of my nails ended up looking a little bit lumpy.

Overall, not a great performance, although I guess you get what you pay for: if you're thinking of trying a new colour you know you won't wear all that often, this could be a good option as it's certainly cheap enough to let you experiment without spending a fortune. Unfortunately for me, the 'Cupcake' colour I also bought (a very pale pink, almost nude), intending to use as my "go to" polish for everyday wear was also very watery, and therefore difficult to apply, so I don't think I'll be trying this again. If you want to give it a go, though, it's £2,88 from Boots.

5 Comments

  • Reply May 19, 2009

    Alice

    I recently bought some £3 eyeko polish and it’s amazing! (dries fast, only needed one coat for a very intense red, didn’t smell bad, cute packaging) I actually like it better than my chanel polish. They have a very dark blue shade you could try :)

  • Reply May 20, 2009

    Squib

    I am pleasantly surprised that the trend for black nail varnish has proven to be a tenacious one. (Unlike the school-uniform grey fad “they” tried to foist on us. God, that was depressing.) I tend to wear black polish only on my toenails though. Looks better from a distance.
    Barry M seems to be pretty good in terms of longevity of their polishes, at a good price. And all the colours of the rainbow, too!
    S

  • Reply May 20, 2009

    Squib

    Ahem. When I wrote “Looks better from a distance” I was thinking of my own withered claws’ inability to take such a dark shade.
    S

  • Reply May 20, 2009

    Dollface

    Thanks for the suggestions, Squib and Alice – Eyeko is a brand I definitely need to try, and I’ve been impressed by Barry M polishes in the past, so I will try and pay a visit to Boots soon!

  • Reply August 22, 2009

    Lisa

    I completly agree with your review Dollface. I was very disappointed with this nail polish, it also flakes off very easily.

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