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TAKE 5: Pretty Polish

Nail polish has stepped into the spotlight as of late and it is hard to keep up with all of the trends. Is the new it colour black? Is it blue that looks almost black? Is it orange? We are going to stick with what we like, colour wise, but we’ve tested five major brands to bring you the best of the best.

OUR RATING SYSTEM
1 – Lackluster
2 – Not the worst of the bunch
3 – Getting there …
4 – Almost perfect
5 – Knock-your-socks-off good

Essie in Mini Shorts

Essie in Mini Shorts The Claim: Famous for its chip-resistant formula, durability and huge selection of colours (over 200 in all).
The Truth: You get what you see with this bright, bright orange. After a few rounds of dishwashing the polish did begin to chip a little but it was minimal. Perfect for a manicure because it stays put.
One coat or two: 2
Chipped: 4 out of 5
Colour: 4 out of 5
Wow Factor: 4 out of 5

Essie
www.essie.com
Available at select salons and online at essieshop.com


RIMMEL Play Fast in 810 Chill

RIMMEL Play Fast in 810 Chill The Claim: This polish promises a speedy drying time so you don’t have to wait the usual 20 minutes before using your cell phone or grabbing for your wallet.
The Truth: The smooth application and glittery finish make this ideal for night-out-on-the-town nails.
One coat or two: 2
Chipped: 4 out of 5
Colour: 4 out of 5
Wow Factor: 2 out of 5

Rimmel London
www.rimmellondon.com
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Wal-Mart and online at www.drugstore.com

OPI in Yoga-Ta Get This Blue!

OPI in Yoga-Ta Get This Blue! The Claim: Each bottle is filled with the best quality products on the market and the cute, catchy names for each shade keep customers interested season after season.
The Truth: OPI is the original luxury name in nails. This brand does not disappoint. The names are the best part because forgetful gals will have no trouble remembering their fav shade.
One coat or two: 2
Chipped: 3 out of 5
Colour: 5 out of 5
Wow Factor: 5 out of 5

OPI
www.opi.com
Available at select salons

CoverGirl Boundless Color in Rose Coral

CoverGirl Boundless Color in Rose Coral The Claim: Rich, vibrant and fashion forward colours are the focus of this line.
Truth: This long lasting polish didn’t flake out on us after a heavy load of housework, but it didn’t wow us either. You only need one coat, so it’s good for girls-on-the-go.
One coat or two: 1
Chipped: 4 out of 5
Colour: 3 out of 5
Wow Factor: 3 out of 5

CoverGirl
www.covergirl.ca
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs and Wal-Mart

M.A.C Nail Lacquer in Illegal Purple

MAC Polish in Illegal Purple The Claim: The formula is streak and chip free and contains conditioners and UV protection.
The Truth: This one comes in the best bottle with a great brush. The handle is wider than most and offers easy application and precision. The luxurious finish leaves nails looking great for days. Best to protect your polish with a topcoat for maximum longevity.
One coat or two: 2
Chipped: 2 out of 5
Colour: 5 out of 5
Wow Factor: 4 out of 5

M.A.C Cosmetics
www.maccosmetics.com
Available at M.A.C stores and online at www.maccosmetics.com

And the winner is: OPI Nail Lacquer!

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