20/10/2013

Magpie Mix: Paul & Joe Beaute Nail Lacquer Review


I have been wanting to try out the Paul & Joe Beaute range for a while now, so while browsing in Harrods a few months ago I thought it the perfect opportunity to pick up a little something. I opted for a nail varnish over other cosmetic products, as I generally have lip colours I tend to stick with and rarely wear eye shadow, but I love changing up my nails and experimenting with new colours and brands. 
I chose no.10, a pretty pinky, lilacy hue as I thought it would go with pretty much everything but looks a little more interesting than plain old neutral. 
I absolutely adore the design and packaging of the Paul & Joe products; another reason why I wanted to make a cheeky purchase - I am a sucker for pretty packaging! 
I must say I was quite surprised that I had to apply three coats to create complete coverage, due to the polish being extremely watery. I would have expected a higher end product to be thick, luxurious and rich, so that the colour would glide on in one simple stroke. However, with that being said, once I had layered up I was very pleased with the outcome as the colour was 100% true to how it looked in the bottle, which is sometimes a disappointment with cheaper polishes. Something that I found differentiated this product to many similar high street brands, was the very pretty, pleasant scent it provided as soon as the bottle was opened, which remained on my nails after application for the rest of the day, which was a lovely USP. Another tiny thing I thought could have given this product that little extra je ne sais quoi, would be to give a creative name for the colour, rather than just a number. This I felt was something that could easily be done as many cheaper, high street brands do give that personal touch- and I'm sure that it would be so much fun coming up with different names! Therefore I came up with a title I would have called it: Lady Lavender Rose.
I completed my manicure by finishing off with a coat of Sally Hansen's 'Mega Shine' top coat, which is an absolute gem of a product, and a must have for any cosmetic junkie out there! It really does work wonders, adding amazing shine to finished nails and gives the effect of shellac it's so shiny!
 All in all I was very happy with my P&J treat to myself after so long lusting over the beauty range, and I would happily make another purchase, (if only just for the packaging!) in the future.

Has anyone else tried products from the Paul & Joe Beaute collection? What did you think?

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