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Monday, 25 November 2013

best drugstore nail brands

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If there is one thing I think the UK high-street does well then that's nail polish, because of this I've decided to talk about some of my personal favourite high-street nail polish brands. I'm not talking particular colours as I could talk for ages about nail polishes that I love from each of these brands. I've chosen to be a little bit more general with my picks dividing them into three categories: colour, dry time and best brush. These are my three main selling points when looking at nail polish brands, and I'm sure many will agree.

Colour Range: This was a no brainier as I had to go with Models Own. They currently stock over 150 assorted nail polishes in a HUGE spectrum of shades. They have glitters, matte's, flakes, textured, creme and so many more. Each season they are adapting and updating their shade range with exciting on trend colours and textures. Their colours are always the unique and compelling brand colourwise to check out.

Quickest Drying: 'Aint nobody got time for that! If there is one thing I hate about doing my nail is waiting for them to dry. None the less, this pick is an absolute no brainer for quick dry polishes. I wholeheartedly recommend the Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polish. Ok, so maybe it doesn't dry in 1 second, but it does dry really quickly and you can easily get a full manicure done and dried in less than 5 minutes. Tops. The finish is also a really glossy high shine and gel nail inspired which is a big plus.

Best Brush: I recently road tested the Rimmel 60 Second Nail polishes and was really dazzled by their wide one stroke brushes. They can coat the whole nail in one swipe and give exceptional even coverage on the nail. No streaks or lines and leave a good thick but not too thick coating. These also dry really fast as the name suggests.

I'll have to give an honourable mention to Barry M. They were THE nail brand when I was growing up, and I'd always spend my pocket on their nail polishes. But when Models Own launched they quickly fell to the side, yet they have gone from strength to strength over the year. Bringing out a ton of new shades, formulas (I love the Gelly Hi Shines) and finishes.

Which are your favourite drugstore nail polish brands?

36 comments

  1. I completely agree with Rimmel having the best brushes! I wish they stocked Barry M in Australia, they sound like a good brand. :)

    Loved this post! :) x

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  2. I love bourjois and Models own ! I never try Rimmel nail polishes, maybe I should ?!

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  3. Wow...I.m not really in nail polish (funny shaped fingers-long story) but nice to know there is an option out there!

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk Jess. x

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  4. Barry M still remains my favourite ;)

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  5. Barry M is awesome! I wish we could get them in Australia though x x

    zoetrope2468.com

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  6. I'm an Essie addict. I can't help it. Nothing beats Essie imho. Best brush, best formula (majority of those I've tried) and super cute bottles. :)

    Blu Button Box

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  7. I think Barry M wins the high street contest. Ooh and Sally Hansen! Great brush on Hansen polishes x

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  8. I'm also a big fan of Models Own, Essie is great too.

    Alice ¦ BeautyByAlicee ¦ YouTube

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  9. Rimmel is a great brand x

    fabheadtotoe.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I love the Bourjois 60 seconde nail polishes, and the shade range of Model's own is just incredible! x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Such a helpful post! I have to say I don't really use drugstore nail polish, which is such a shame because there are some good finds there. x

    Živa from Nothin' Fancy. Really.

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  12. I still haven't tried Models Own, I feel like I'm living a sheltered life.

    Charlotte - blotandreapply.com x

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  13. Definitely need to try out bourjouis
    http://shradhaloves.blogspot.co.uk/
    S xx

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  14. I love Barry M nail polishes lately, the shades are just amazing! I also really like Essie nail polishes xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

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  15. I love Barry M, I also love Essie but don't know if they count as drug store?

    beautyandtheb1.blogspot.co.uk

    B xx

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  16. I love Barry M & Bourjois polishes!

    www.notanotherbeautyblog.co.uk

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  17. you're the first person I've seen to have a similar amount of polishes to me!
    elizabethsophiee x

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  18. Love all of these brands, I'm not sure I could pick a favourite! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  19. completely agree with you here, models own are by far my favourite nail brand!

    love Katy @ THE RAWRDROBE

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  20. I love everything about Barry M Gelly polishes, they're by far the best high street ones for me.
    lillies and lipbalm

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  21. I'm personally a huge fan of Barry M and Models Own :)
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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  22. Models Own is definitely my favourite colour-wise too :) I barely ever paint my nails because I just do not have the patience to wait for them to dry - I always end up smudging them and having to take it all off again. I've never tried the Bourjois ones though, I'll definitely be picking some up the next time I'm in Boots!

    Claire // clairelly.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. I completely agree with you on all of these choices! Barry M and Models Own are my overall favourites! x

    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

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  24. I wish they stocked Models Own in my boots but I totally agree about the shade range there is one for everyone, it was nice to see Essie not featured as they seems to chip like crazy on me!
    catrinteleri.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. I love Essie, Rimmel and Revlon. They would be my nail polishes of choice.

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  26. I need to try out Rimmel polishes!

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  27. I need to amp up my nail varnish collection big time!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  28. I'm not sure if they have Wet N Wild in the UK, but I do like their nail polishes a lot! Granted, they don't have very many colors, but they only cost $1 and I'd rather be able to get more nail polish for the same price as a slightly pricier drugstore nail polish!
    Plus, the quality is really nice. I always wear black nail polish, and Wet N Wild's is perfectly opaque and one of the best black nail polishes I have ever used.
    manicpixiegirl.blogspot.com

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  29. Yep, Rimmel have the best brushes..

    definitely one of the best nail polish brands

    ..x

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  30. I love the Maybelline colour show polishes too, they do some great glitters!

    www.walking-in-heels.blogspot.com

    xxx

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  31. I love the barry M nail gelly shines, but I have just picked up some nails inc ones and you can tell the difference, they glide onto your nails so much better, I do still really love the colours Barry M have though!

    Ineffable Beauty

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  32. I'd love to explore your box with nail polishes!

    http://exquisiteelixir.com/

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  33. I love Models Own too, I currently own 12 and would love to invest on more! x

    http://moiraparton.blogspot.co.uk/

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  34. barry m is definitely my favourite!

    chloebeautyy.blogspot.com

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