Finally, a mani on a Monday. An actual Mani Monday! 😛
This is the nail polish that was one of my favourite nail polish discoveries of 2016 and I even made the bold claim that it’s the best formula I’ve tried all year – it is: CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in #95 Being Blonde.
The CoverGirl Outlast line of nail polishes don’t get talked about much, and I’m not sure why. I’ve now tried 3 different colours and the formulas on all of them have been outstanding. I hauled a bunch of them earlier this year based on the stellar formula. There are 38 shades in the range:
The shade Being Blonde is a beautiful metallic mauve-y rose gold that is work-appropriate but also provides an edgy look.
The finish is metallic but not mirror shine so it’s more forgiving with brush strokes. This formula is everything I wanted Essie’s Penny Talk to be – that polish is so finicky – it demands a steady hand and perfectly smooth surface. CG Being Blonde looks fine even if you’re sick and have a shaky hand (which was the case when I did these swatches 😛 ).
The brush is slightly flattened and not too wide – I prefer the non-wide brushes personally. Sometimes those “pro-wide” ones are too large for my nail beds. Unfortunately, the square cap isn’t the kind that can be removed to reveal a smaller handle (like Burberry or Illamasqua). I find these kinds of “fat caps” to be unwieldy. I do like the square, squat bottle – very easy to store! 🙂
This could be a one coater if you don’t tend to apply very thin layers. Notice my ring finger is a bit on the sheer side as I did a thinner layer on that one.
I find this polish to dry very quickly, as is typical of metallic finish polishes. One caveat I would add is that due to the metallic finish of this polish, I would recommend a good base coat, otherwise ridges could show. I use Orly Bonder for all of my manicures.
This shade would be flattering on most skin tones, as it isn’t overly warm or cool. The polish lasts amazingly well – full 7 days with no chips. It removes easily with nail polish remover.
Today’s random item is this tulip purse mirror that I bought in Chinatown:
I enjoy the design of the petals, they’re asymmetrical when opened:
…but when closed, it forms the tulip shape:
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss retails for $5.99 for a 11ml bottle and are made in France.
I love CoverGirl Being Blonde so much that I’ve purchased 2 bottles for back-up. 😉 As I said in that post, if forced to work just one nail polish for the rest of this year, Being Blonde would be it! What’s your absolute favourite polish right now?