It seems that the latest thing in nail polish is a "gel" effect finish - everyone wants shiny, long lasting colour. To me, as someone who changes their polish every few days if not more, a gel manicure seems like a big commitment! Two weeks with one colour! Luckily, lots of brands have realised this and it's now easy to find gel effect polishes on the high street, and Beauty UK seems to be the latest to join in!
Beauty UK have always been a favourite high street brand of mine. I'm sure I've said before that they are always on trend and at a great price point. When I was first restarting my collection, I would always head to the Beauty UK stand in Superdrug first, and as a result have quite a few of their pretties sitting in my drawers. Their newest range, Posh Polish, comes in round 9ml bottles, and has glitters, textures, denim effect and now these Gel FX polishes. Beauty UK were kind enough to send me three shades to show you: Blue Himalayan, Pink Orchid and Cafe Cosmos. On to the swatches!
All of these swatches were two coats, with no topcoat. I wanted to see if you really could get a good "gel" shine from these polishes. The formula was good, all solid two coaters that weren't runny or streaky. Dry time was average - I would reach for a quick dry topcoat if I was in a hurry but if I had more time I could wait. First up, Blue Himalayan, which is a lovely creamy blue with just a hint of cornflower.
Next is Pink Orchid, a lovely berry-toned pink perfect for Autumn if you're not ready to let go of your summer brights just yet and still want a pop of colour.
And lastly, Cafe Cosmos, perfect cool toned nude. Everyone needs a good nude, and this is a good one! I loved this and you'll see it again avec nail art next week!
You can see the colours are lovely classic shades that wouldn't go unloved in any collection, but do they live up to the "gel" reputation. When I think of gel polish I think of longevity and shine, and you can see these are certainly shiny! No topcoat was used for these swatches, and you get the shiny, squishy effect perfectly. As for wear time, I've been wearing Pink Orchid on my toes for over a week, with no topcoat, and there's only now just a little bit of wear. A week is usually my max for pedicures, but that's with a good strong top coat so for this to equal that without is good going. Overall, I would recommend these polishes if you're looking to extend your collection of good quality basics (there are three more shades available - a dark burgundy, navy blue and classic red), and at just £3.49 you wont break the bank!
Beauty UK Posh Polish is available at Superdrug, Select stores and the Beauty UK website.
The product featured was a PR sample provided to me for free for review consideration. All opinions expressed are my own and 100% honest. Please see my disclaimer in the tab above for further details.