I have a confession. I am a terrible, terrible nail biter. I’m notorious for destroying my nails and cuticles without even noticing or thinking about it until they start to throb with pain and soreness.
It’s a totally awful habit and I’ve tried to stop so many times. I once even nursed my nails back to such good health that I had my first (and only) shellac manicure on my natural nails – I really thought I had quit for good then. All it ever takes is one or two weeks of peak stress though, and before I know it I’m back to my old ways. Needless to say the manicure didn’t make it long enough for me to return to the salon without hanging my head in shame.
I’ve finally accepted that it’s a habit I’m just not going to kick any time soon, and over the last year I’ve taken to hitting the salon on a regular basis for artificial nails and a cuticle clean-up to keep my hands looking presentable and clean. So there you have it – nail shots you see on RLBE will likely never be real. If it ever changes, know I’ll be the first to shout it from the rooftops.
Most recently, I’ve been skipping polish at the salon to work on my painting skills at home (and, let’s face it, to save five bucks), so when Revlon sent along some beautiful pink shades from their new Colorstay Gel Envy line of nail enamels, the timing couldn’t have been better. I had a ton of fun playing with the products and was excited to see how it performed on my “enhanced” tips.
The Colorstay Gel Envy line is different from your average polish for a few reasons. It’s a two-in-one product that saves you from using a base coat before applying your colour of choice and promises a long-lasting gel shine when paired with the Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat.
I found the colours to be very vibrant, and depending the shade you only needed a few coats (the darker ones really only warranted one-two coats). I wore the polish for about one week and experienced no chipping or lack of shine, but I do find polish wears a lot differently on artificial nails than natural.
Check out the swatches below!
All or Nothing
Each polish retails at around $7.95 CAD and is available now for purchase. My personal faves are All or Nothing or Cardshark – so chic! Have you tried any?