With January in full swing it’s going to be a long month and I know most of us won’t be doing too much shopping or splurging on polish. However if you have a few pennies left in the kitty and would like to have a tiny splurge on something, why not try one of the many Drugstore Polish Ranges I Love! It wouldn’t hurt for morale and pretty nails!
With the horrendous storms outside currently, I haven’t ventured out much since the New Year began. This leaves me with ample time to paint my nails.
My attention on the blog focussing around Budget/Drugstore polish, I only felt it was right to reminisce and share my own love affair with drugstore polish ranges. In the past if I was ever in need of a beauty pick me up, a polish would usually be purchased. If I couldn’t afford a new outfit or bag, I would usually come home from a spot of shopping with friends with a polish haul in toe.
I would pop a cool colour or pretty sparkly polish into my basket here and there and that is really how my polish obsession/collection began. I would scour my local Superdrug and Boots and pick out the prettiest polishes I could find.
If I showed you my collection, the majority of polishes I own are inexpensive from the pharmacies or the ‘drugstore’ – my usual haunts of Superdrug and Boots. So within the polish language, I speak drugstore very well, maybe a little too well.
Now I don’t visit pharmacies or drugstores as often, generally because I have a tremendous amount of polish to be getting on with. What I will say however is that drugstores and pharmacies are full of excellent ranges which I love to speak out about! If you are on the lookout for pretty polishes for a steal, take note of this post as I have tried most of the ranges and these are the ones generally work the best!
For budget Nailcare ranges, Sally Hansen has it all, for any n- ailment, they have it covered! Strengtheners, Treatments, Base and Top coats, cuticle balms and oils, polish remover – if you are looking to put together a drugstore nail starter kit this brand is an excellent place to begin with.
Also Revlon also have decent nailcare products within their range which are friendly on the purse strings!
Now onto Colour! Where do I begin! I shall start with the cornerstone of my polish love affair- Barry M! Their purse friendly offerings made me fall in love with their statement brights and their brand has gone from strength to strength. Their most notable range, the Gelly Hi-Shine range, my absolute favourite. I would own all of the colours in this formula as it packs such a punch for the price.
Another brand which I love for their scope of shades is Rimmel. My favourite ranges from them include their 60 Second Nail Colours – just amazing for shades and price.
The Salon Pro range also from Rimmel is beautifully done range, with a little help from Kate Moss, a winner for classic fashion forward shades. This range also has some excellent dupes for more expensive polishes too.
Sally Hansen is equally as good with colour as it is with care, the Miracle Gel and Complete Salon Manicure ranges are some of my firm favourites.
Their colour polishes are pricier than some of the other drugstore ranges but I feel are completely worth it. I have rarely had a polish from these ranges I didn’t like or couldn’t get on with.
Revlon is a great nail brand, their ranges really hold their own with their Gel Envy and standard colour range. The Gel Envy range in particular has some amazing shades and I also have so many classic shades from their standard range which I use on a regular basis, I just had to mention them in this post!
No7 polish ranges are long time favourites which I check out every time I hit up Boots. In the last few years they have extended their polish ranges to Stay Perfect, Nails Effects and my favourite Gel Look Hi-Shine polish.
This has an excellent formula and really does give the illusion of a plumped up glossy nail and is often on offer or with discount which is kind on the wallet.
A range that took me by surprise was Maybelline’s Super Stay Gel Nail colour range. I had tried their Colour Show polishes with mixed results but found the Super Stay range held up rather well and had a great mix of fun fashion forward shades.
I had overlooked this range in the past but was glad I tried it on the off chance. It reminded me not presume all formulas are bad within one brand and to give more ranges a general shot.
There you have it, a fabulous array of polish ranges to try if you are on a budget this month. I am generally trying to curb my enthusiasm for more expensive polish ranges this month by trying some newer budget products. My bank balance will thank me later!
I have made note of some pharmacy brands which I am dying to try this month, so after reading a lot of good things about them I thought I would take the plunge. They are all new to me and I have some products on my dressing table ready to be tested. Exciting stuff! I will of course update you on how I got in blogposts later on in the month.
What are your favourite budget and drugstore nail ranges? Any I need to try? Let me know in the Comments below.