I’ve been waiting for Andrea to get this range into the shops since last March! I was lucky enough to get my nails done by this lovely lady at an event and we had a really good natter, so when I found out the range was finally available at Superdrug, I leapt to collect some bits and pieces. I love that alongside some great polish shades, Andrea has really thought the nail painting process though, and brought out some great tools for both creating nail art, and making your application neater and easier!
The first thing I’ve really taken a good look at is the Colour Layering System in Foxy Lady. Essentially a double ended nail polish, featuring (in this case) one opaque metallic copper, and a shimmering sheer purple shot through with beautiful turquoise shimmer at the other end. The idea is that you can either wear the shades alone, or layer them one over the other to create different effects, for example:
L-R Copper alone, Shimmer alone, Shimmer over Copper, Copper over shimmer. All show two coats.
Application was fine and smooth, and the polishes are very quick-drying. I liked playing with them a lot, trying to figure out which combinations I liked best. The brush is a standard round brush (no pro-wide brushes here, which is a shame, as I’m increasingly finding I like a flat brush for varnish application). I think you can see from the picture above that the polishes work best when you layer the shimmer over the metallic polish, and you do get a very lovely “twinkly” effect on the nails under different lighting effects.
In fact, I liked the effect so much that I immediately applied a full manicure of the turquoise over the copper – a combination that I chose because I couldn’t see, at all, how that could possibly work together – and my nails are a kind of turquoise-y-purple-y-gold-ish shade that is very hard to describe – Sometimes it’s bronze, sometimes pink, sometimes lilac, sometimes purple, it depends on the light! Lots of depth, lots of twinkles, lots of interest, and yet, not too in your face you could wear it to the office. Which I am, in fact, planning to do.
What I also like about these polishes is that they’re not really mini-sized bottles. A full-size bottle of Andrea Fulerton polish will cost you £4.99, and contains 5.5mls. Each of the bottles of polish in the Colour Layering System contains 4.4mls, and they cost £7.99. Ml for ml, that is exactly the same price. Ordinarily when bottling polish in smaller containers companies take the opportunity to double – or even triple – the ml for ml price! Bravo Andrea for not doing that, and making sure that the bottles are a decent size in the first place.
I’ll bring you some reviews of the rest of the bits I have soon, I especially love the pop up nail varnish remover bottle! Andrea Fulerton products are available from Superdrug
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