No-one likes a negative Nigel, that’s for sure. Many people review products that they absolutely love, and I for one am guilty of that as a newbie blogger. It’s hard when you just want to shout your fave products from the rooftops and pretty much shove them in everyone’s face. But sometimes when perusing reviews/blogs en general for a purchase, “5 star reviews” aren’t overly helpful or that informative, and it’s annoying when the hyped products just aren’t for you. I’ve decided to start a series as titled above “Is It Just Me?” *captain obvious* chatting with you about products that to me have been a little (and a lot) disappointing to me.
First up is the Models Own HyperGel nail polishes. Lord knows I love a good Shellac, so when a good brand like Models Own brought out their HyperGel range I went my pants with excitement (not literally) and got cracking on reading reviews. 10/10 from everyone I read. More excitement for the weekend’s purchase! Classic Boots 3 for 2 meant I could get my mits on, and justify, three of them. I chose Coral Glaze, Pink Veneer and Naked Glow. It was a hard decision as they had a really good variety of colours but I went with some of my faves, as if they were going to be as good as everyone had said I would want them in my staple nail colours.
I already owned a couple of nail varnishes from Models Own, with my favourites being the Ice Neon collection. They applied like a dream, dried super quick and had lasting power. Surely adding a gel into the mix was going to make these super invincible for months?! (I exaggerate, weeks would be more precise).
But no. No, no, no. I don’t know if I am doing something wrong with these babies but I have tried with base, without base, with top coat, without top coat, thin layers, thick layers and I just cannot get them to look nice. They applied really streaky to my nails with brush marks fully visible (I don’t like my nails to make me look like I’m a polish novice because I’m not!) and took ages to dry. Definitely not a “quick before bed” polish choice.
In terms of staying power, I painted these last Thursday before a party on Saturday and I am sat here tip tapping away like chippy tramp-hands. Not a good look and something that personally winds me up on people (apologies to myself). I was hoping for a solid week at least!
If anyone has any tips for how they snake charmed these to work for them then please let me know, but for the time being my colour selection will not be broadening and I don’t think they will be seeing the light of day any time soon.
Have you tried these before? What were your thoughts?