Nail of the Day – Mavala Tokyo

There won’t be too many Nail of the Day posts around here for a couple of reasons, the main one being that I’m lousy at applying it, and the other one is that I have truly dreadful nails that don’t grow, and when they do, the second I start to think they’re looking reasonable they start to split, peel, flake and then snap.  It’s very frustrating! 

When I do wear polish though, I tend to favour dark shades, as I think they’re a rare example of something that actually looks better on short nails (at least, that’s how I justify it to myself, anyway!).   Mavala sent me some samples of their mini-polishes to try recently, and it was love at first sight for this shade!  It’s a gloriously rich inky purple, and under natural light the colour is gorgeously vibrant and not at all “gothy”. I’m wearing it in my rather staid office job right now!

Mavala specialise in mini pots of polish, and they promise a ” unique formula” that is free from parabens, formaldehydes, toluene, camphor, cellophane, animal ingredients and heavy metal.  They also say that their product delivers microscopic air pockets to allow nails to breathe, so is allegedly a healthier option for your nails than some other varnishes on the market.  I love mini-products – seriously, give me a miniature version of anything, and I’ll love it way more than the full size version, I’m a bit odd like that – so the dinky size of the bottle really appealed to me, and it means the polish won’t dry up completely before I get to the end of the bottle.

I found the polish easy to apply (the pic shows two coats, with neither a top nor base coat, with flash), and although the brush on my bottle had a few stray bristles that I’ll need to remove for next time I use this it, I really like it. I’ll keep you posted on how the wear is!  I was slightly disappointed in that I was expecting the colour to have a matte finish, but I actually really like the satin-y shine of the polish, I’m looking forward to seeing if anyone notices it at work …

You can find Mavala polishes for around £3.75 at good chemists and department stores.

4 Comments

  1. November 9, 2009 / 8:02 pm

    I love dark polish on short nails too, it can look too vampy on long nails!

  2. November 9, 2009 / 9:15 pm

    I love Mavala polishes, Velvet (a mauvey dusky rose) is one of my favourite nail varnishes ever! Unfortunately it recently ended inside the toilet bowl by accident (=ask my son!!) And I agree, the size of the pots is perfect! I have a thing about dark nails at the moment so this particular colour you have on is calling out to me…pity my nails are in really bad condition the moment :((

  3. November 10, 2009 / 4:17 pm

    Totally agree. I love Mavala base and top coat and the sizes of the pots are just perfect. The purple shade is lovely! Cant wait to see the new colours..

  4. November 15, 2009 / 7:29 pm

    Yeah, I've got a few more Mavala things to mention on here at the moment, trying to grow my nails for better NotD posts!

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