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Monday, September 30, 2013

avon gel finish 7-in-1 nail enamel

It's almost time to say goodbye to September... I was just checking email and got a shipping notice saying the delivery would arrive on Oct. 2nd. Stupid me assumed that was like a week away. Gah, where did September go? I can't answer that one, but September did bring these new Gel Finish 7-in-1 Nail Enamel. Read on to see how they compare to a gel mani!

 Avon Gel Finish 7-in-1 Nail Enamel- Lavender Sky*, Parfait Pink*, Envy*, and Royal Vendetta* 12ml $7.99

Gel manis are ALL the rage right now! Skip the chichi salon and get a shiny & fresh gel-like mani without the UV. Available in twelve high shine shades. Does not contain formaldehyde, toluene or DBP.
7 benefits in 1:
  • shine
  • gel-like finish
  • vivid colour
  • base coat
  • top coat
  • protection
  • strengthener

Well, I know what you really want to know- do these really look/wear like a gel manicure? Yes and no. They do dry to a really shiny finish that looks like you've apply a top coat, so in that sense they are similar to a gel manicure. The no is the fact that these don't wear as long as a gel manicure, but I'm assuming you'd assume that. Huh, that's a whole lot of assumptions... I wore Royal Vendeatta on it's own- no base coat, not top coat- and it wore pretty well. I had some minor chips and tip wear after about four days when I took it off, but that was impressive. I find all polishes chip easily on me, so to get four days wear with no top coat is nothing to sneeze at. The formula was great too- two easy coats for all shades. Got to love that!

Lavender Sky is a really pretty medium-light lavender but with a hint more blue than your average. I'm not a huge fan of purple- I like it, but don't go crazy for it- but I LOVE this colour!

Parfait Pink is a semi-bright red toned pink. It's not quite fuchsia, but it's on it's way their. It also has a really light dose of iridescent shimmer. Pretty, but not the most unique shade I've ever seen. Nail line wasn't visible in person.

Envy is a deep emerald-teal shimmer that glows when the light hits it. It is a little bit brush-strokey, but careful application does minimize it.

Royal Vendetta is a gorgeous medium royal blue. I love this shade! To me, this is an all seasons type of colour, and really is just so perfect. Love it!

Overall, I like these. I'm still going to end up using a top coat and base coat, but that's more out of habit than necessity. Are you a fan of gel manicures? Would you try these?

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