From burberry.com: Formulated with patent-pending technology, Burberry Nail Polish has a protective and long-lasting high-gloss finish with accelerated drying and hardening times. The formula contains strengthening and moisturising elements, including anti-oxidant pro-vitamin B5 and myrrh extract, to help protect and care for nails and prevent breakages. Effortless application is guaranteed with a high-precision rounded-end brush design. A two-coat application dries in under 2 minutes and is completely hard within 6.5 minutes.”
As most of you probably know, last Autumn Burberry introduced a nail polish collection into their beauty line. I immediately grabbed an Oxblood #303 and a Stone #104 to try out the formula. As promised, the polishes do indeed dry very quickly – there is no need for a fast drying top coat with these. However, I find that I do need a top coat for shine and to even out the application, as I have some issues with the brush. It’s wide, flat, and the bristles are a bit thick; meaning that the application can be streaky, especially when applying the lighter shade. Compared to the other HE nail polishes there is room for improvement – bellow are OPI, Burberry, Dior and YSL brushes for comparison.
That being said, I do love them and have a few additional shades on my wish list. I realised I reach for them quite often, especially when I’m in a hurry, as they dry so fast! The formula is just right – it’s not too thick, and two thin coats are enough for full coverage.
Oxblood is a neutral dark red. It has a tint of pink in a bottle but it’s not noticeable on the nails. It’s a beautiful vampy shade, I was sure I would have something very similar in my collection, as this is “my kind of colour”, but to my surprise I couldn’t find anything close to it. Chanel Lotus Rouge is lighter, while OPI Mrs O’Leary’s BBQ is darker and less red.
Stone is a greyed out beige, one of those tricky shades to pull out on fair skin, but I love how it looks on me. It’s not a typical nude but still very elegant and chic.
Burberry nail polish – 8ml, £15.