SensatioNail Express Gel Polish

A little while back I reviewed the Barry M Coconut Infusion range and having mentioned my disappointment with the paint chipping in such a short amount of time, I was really excited to try a new release from SensatioNail. I’m already a fan of the durability that comes with gel polish but have been on the hunt for a quicker alternative for quite some time.

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Left: Made Him Blush, Right: I Sleep Bare Naked

SensatioNail’s Express Gel Polish range promises to take as little as five minutes to complete and last as long as 10 days. This would provide me with the resilience I’ve been seeking, while also not taking up my whole evening to do. Surely too good to be true?

At the time of purchasing, Boots had an offer on of buy one get one half price, with the retail price being slightly lower at £10 compared to their standard gel polish. This enticed me to buy two light and summery shades to suit the season; Made Him Blush and the other in I Sleep Bare Naked.

I’ve been wanting a neutral colour suitable for every occasion and the paint on the right fits the bill nicely. I find that the consistency is generally good with these paints, not too thick which avoids making it congealed. However, for light shades like these, I would advise a couple of coats to thicken up the overall texture and appearance.

I couldn’t stop at merely two shades though and the offer once again lured me in so I purchased two more; Can’t Hear Myself Pink and Mauve It Or Lose It. The names are both a big giveaway, with Can’t Hear Myself Pink being much more of a coral pink than the red colour reflected in the photo.

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Left: Can’t Hear Myself Pink, Right: Mauve It Or Lose It

With over 20 colours to choose from this certainly is a selling point for the range. But the real question is still looming as to whether you can really have it all. While I was keen to try the range, it didn’t stop me from being slightly sceptical at its ability to last up to 10 days without a base or top coat to provide a helping hand.

It’s hard to judge as generally I would get bored quickly from being spoilt with choice and would want to change colours soon after applying one. I found that Made Him Blush and Mauve It Or Lose It stood the test of time lasting up to 10 days, although I did apply a top up coat at some point in between.

However, I have to reveal that to some extent 10 days was perhaps a bit optimistic due to the other two shades having slight chips within just four days, which only worsened with daily activities. So possibly too good to be true after all?

I may have found a solution to put my hunt to an end once and for all though. On one occasion, I applied a combination of Made Him Blush topped with glitter and added the standard clear gel top coat. This was to stop the glitter from having a rough touch but as a result, I discovered the paint was stronger than ever, even giving me difficulty when it came to soaking it off.

It may be one extra step to make time for but on the whole it’s quicker than following the standard gel procedures and in the long run you’ll be thankful.

So that’s a wrap, signing off from my nail polish journey… ’til next time anyway 😉

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From left to right: Mauve it Or Lose It, Made Him Blush, Can’t Hear Myself Pink.

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Barry M – Coconut Infusion Range

It seems coconut oil is currently being named the cure for everything in the beauty world and we should basically just save ourselves the time, stop investing in other products and lather it everywhere because coconut oil is the answer to our prayers.

Barry M recently released their new line of Coconut Infusion nail paint which come in a range of beautiful pastel shades, perfect for the summer! What makes this range different is that the infusion of coconut oil and water manages to keep your nails hydrated and nourished, providing a healthy balance of vitamin B&C. This is a great benefit when you consider the damage that can be caused to your nails after repetitive use, over time.

Therefore, being slightly too obsessed with having far more nail paints than I ever use; I had to get my hands on some of these. This led me to a trip to Boots and what’s more, they were even on offer at buy one get one half price! (£4.99 each) I don’t know about you but the offers reel me in way more than they should… so I walked away with two new shades to add to my varied collection: Laguna and Flamingo. I’d like to add that I also love the names of the shades which ooze in holiday vibes.

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Left: Laguna, Right: Flamingo
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Me wearing the Laguna shade, using two layers of paint to create a thicker texture

Having tried the Laguna shade last week (see right), while my nails appear to have strengthened and the paint does come out lovely and glossy, I can report that I am unfortunately still disappointed. I don’t know if I’m the only one that has this problem but almost every nail paint I’ve tried, chips in such a short amount of time.

I was lucky enough to get the Sensationail gel kit last Christmas and this has so far been the only thing that has lived up to its selling point of lasting “up to two weeks”. However, I find that there are so many procedures to this and it becomes very time consuming so it would be nice to find a quick alternative that would last longer than two/three days. Unfortunately, Barry M’s Coconut Infusion isn’t the answer.

If anyone has found a nail paint with better resistance, please do leave a comment letting me know!