Since I was a teen painting my nails has always just kind of been my thing. I'm never without a manicure these days which I know is torture for my nails but I just can't stand the sight of them without some sort of colour. So in all my years I've tried more than my fair share of formulations and these are my most favourable.
The brand that dominates my collection is Essie, those cute little bottles with the white tops just suck me in every time. The original brush was a real faff to use so when the diffusion line was released into Boots & Superdrug I know we all rejoiced at a wider brush and improved formula. A lot of people struggle with Essie but I find them to last 5 days without a chip in sight. A cheaper option that I find similar to Essie is the Rimmel Salon Pro range, they have some really lovely colours too.
Maybelline isn't a brand that I really gravitate towards, maybe it is the horrific memories of the Dream Matte Mousse? The Forever Strong Super Stay 7 Days range is excellent, a wide brush and a really opaque formula that ticks all the right boxes for me. I try and keep my polish purchases under the £10 mark but something that just goes slightly above that are Nails Inc, the brush isn't my favourite but I find the formula to be incredibly long lasting and they have a dreamy colour range.
Whenever I see mammoth nail polish collections there is always a lot of China Glaze but in the UK they aren't the easiest to find. Again much like Nails Inc the brush isn't the easiest for a really precise finish but the formula is spot on. A range that really surprised me is the Rimmel 60 Seconds Polishes, akin to the Salon Pro Range but they don't last quite as long. Some of my favourite shades I own are from this range and at £3 a pop you don't feel any guilt about buying them.
What are your favourite formulations?