I've been wanting to blog about this polish for a couple of weeks now. I'm just going to put this out there: it's amazing.
I have a love hate relationship with pale pink polishes like this. I love them because they look quite natural even when they're applied opaquely (I'll get to that...) so they go with everything. For me, they're a lighter alternative to other neutral shades like Chanel Particuliere. I hate them because they're often on the sheer side so it's difficult to achieve an opaque finish. I knew that when I bought it so I'd resigned myself to the fact I'd probably need about ninety coats of the stuff to get the look I wanted.
Thankfully I didn't need ninety coats, only four. Only! The nail line is still somewhat visible but it's not visible enough to annoy me so I can live with it. The first two coats looked pretty streaky but coats three and four sorted that out. The brush itself is quite large (not quite OPI-esque but getting there) and easy to use. The handle is excessively long, though.
In the swatch I've used the ColorStay Base Coat and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri as a top coat. The finish isn't exactly how I'd like it to be; mostly because I had to apply so many coats and was in a bit of a flap about my family descending on me for my graduation. So, I'd say this is a take-your-time polish, even with a fast drying top coat like Insta-Dri.
Did I mention that this polish didn't chip on me for a week!? Yes, a whole week, despite having to apply so many coats and not taking my time. And I probably could have kept it on for a few more days but I fancied a change. This is the first 'long-wear' polish I've tried that actually does what it claims to and I'm thrilled.
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the fact this polish allows me to get away with only painting my nails once a week. I'm a three-times-a-week minimum sort of girl usually; partly because I get bored of the same polish and partly because most polishes chip after two days on me. I've got another shade to try out which should be a bit easier to work with so expect to see a post on that sometime very soon. If it performs as well as this one, I'll definitely need to try more shades.
Have you tried any of the Revlon ColorStay polishes? What did you think?
Ps - these are £7.99, which is a lot for a 'drugstore' polish but I'm too in love with it to care...I did get it in a 3 for 2 offer.