Nail it!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

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.

Nail it!

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.

Other articles you may be interested in:
Winter nail colours
Your party colours
Nail your personality
Do your own mani
Autumn nail colours

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  1. Sue1N

    Love Chanel’s colour, but just too pricey for me.

    5 years ago •

  1. Nettie

    i like Mavala nail polish products – but i wont wear any of the above colours on my nails

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Love the Esse colour. Have not tried mavala or tip top before, will give them a try.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Essie’s colour range is still the best in my opinion. Completely worth every penny as far as quality and longevity goes.

    5 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    I have a Tip Top nail polish, very nice and affordable.

    5 years ago •

  1. Gee Whiskers

    I’ve always wanted a Chanel nail polish! I didn’t realize that they aren’t THAT expensive for a once off treat :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Lah

    Tip Top is SUCH nice nail polish, why waste money on the rest! That and Catrice are my faves and they have such a wide range of colours!

    5 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Lol! I’m probably staying in the inbetweener section ;)

    5 years ago •

  1. Gisela

    I adore nail varnish in all colours! The Essie range has some of the prettiest colours out there. When it comes end of the month and I want a treat pick me up, I go to the Essie stand and go crazy!

    5 years ago •

  1. Chocolates

    Mmmm Essie I love….got to have….

    5 years ago •

  1. GoldenShimmeringCloud

    Ooooh! I SO want the Chanel one! Stunning..

    5 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I use Tip Top often but would love to try the Chanel one! OOOHH!

    5 years ago •

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