It used to be that when times were hard, women bought lipstick to feel better about themselves. Now it seems that nail polish is the way we’re going instead. Sales of nail polish have grown at over twice the rate of other colour cosmetics in the last five years as women on a budget treat themselves with relatively inexpensive nail polish. It’s also a brilliant (and inexpensive) way to update your look and keep abreast of fashion.
So: here are our suggestions no matter what your budget.
The pay-day buy: Chanel Nail Lacquer, R225
The low down: If you are a brand freak and feel like spoiling yourself (or your mom) then Chanel has a gorgeous range of classic and on-trend shades.
This will suit you if: you want your digits to stand out from the crowd. It also offers streak free application and has a great texture.
The because-you-can buy: Essie Nail Varnish, R99.95
The low down: If you are one to decorate your bathroom shelves with nail polishes then the Essie bottles look great displayed all together. They have a clean shape, are a nice size and you can see the exact colour.
This will suit you if: you are a fashion fundi and love changing your nail colour to match your outfit. With their seasonal colour launches and all their many other great colours there is one to match THAT dress of yours.
The inbetweener buy: Mavala Arabesque Collection mini colours, R59.95
The low down: these gorgeous metallic colours come in little bottles which fit perfectly into your handbag for those mid-rush fix-ups.
This will suit you if: you want to experiment with a range of opulent colours and like to carry your polish around with you.
The end-of-the-month buy: Tip Top Natural Nail Treatments, R39.99
The low down: Tip Top is a market leader in nail polish and has been around since 1981!
This will suit you if: you are on a budget or want to buy lots of different shades. Also, all the nail enamels are free of toxins and are not tested on animals.