I've had acrylic nails on since February so you could say it was time to wave them goodbye and to give my real nails a little bit of TLC. I will be honest with you and say that removing the acrylics was a bit like trying to fake tan your body with a teaspoon - ie, bloody hard work. My nails aren't actually in bad condition which is remarkable considering I have had acrylics on for over two months but now is definitely time to look after my natural nails and hopefully make them healthy again.
Before I took my acrylic nails off I was asked if I wanted to try out some nail varnishes which were free of the 5 nasty chemicals usually found within nail polish formulas - umm, yes please! I was asked what sort of shades I would prefer to receive and I opted for nude shades. Don't get me wrong, I still love the reds and the hot pinks but after two months of staring at nude ombre nails, I wasn't ready to let it go just yet. I was sent two beautiful shades from the Leighton Denny High Performance Nail Colour* range in the shades Starkers and Supermodel - you can't really get a more 'nuder' shade than one named Starkers, can you?!
About the Leighton Denny High Performance Nail Colours:
"These gorgeous polishes are formulated for advanced wear and an ultra-glossy, chip-resistant finish. All Leighton Denny Expert Nails polishes are formulated free of the 5 nasties - Tosylamide Formaldehyde resin, Camphor, DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde!"
The Leighton Denny High Performance Nail Colours* are formulated for advanced wear, leaving the nails with an ultra-glossy, chip resistant finish. What I like most about the formula is that they don't include the 5 nasty chemicals found in most nail polishes, meaning they should be slightly better for your nails rather than your average, run of the mill, drugstore polishes.
The two shades I have are Starkers and Supermodel. Starkers is a really pretty, soft, nearly-sheer nude pink. Think french manicure pink with this one. It is very nude. If you were after an opaque shade then I would maybe stay clear of this one but if you persisted and applied a few layers of it then eventually you will build the colour up to be more opaque. The next shade I have is Supermodel, which is soft mink colour. Perfect for everyday, this shade is one I know I can rely on. It reminds me ever so slightly of Barry M Mushroom, a shade I loved back in the day so it is nice to have a similar shade back in my collection. I recently had a massive cull of my nail polishes after accumulating nearly 250 and sticking to the same 5 shades which somehow ended up in rotation, I think I am down to about 20 now which is still a lot to some but for me that's hardly anything!
I have only worn Supermodel so far, the shade I applied as soon as I took my acrylic nails off, and I was so surprised at how opaque it was. I literally applied just one coat to each nail and that was all I needed. No need to faff around with layering up the nail varnish to get a bold statement shade on the nails, the formula is so good that you don't need to waste time with all of that. One coat and you are good to go. I never tend to believe brands when they say their nail varnish is chip-resistant and unfortunately this nail varnish doesn't live up to their claims, although I didn't apply a top coat. I have worn Supermodel for 3 days and my nails have chipped just ever so slightly but in all honesty it doesn't bother me at all. Yes it would be nice to find a chip-resistant nail varnish but there are bigger things in life to worry about than a chipped nail and it's nothing that a fresh coat of polish that won't solve!
Overall, I am really impressed with this range of nail varnish! There are over 100 shades in the range to choose from so you will be utterly spoilt for choice, the shades are really pigmented and you only need one coat to cover each nail and whilst they may not be chip-resistant, they are formulated without 5 of the main chemicals commonly found in nail polishes and they are reasonably priced at £12 each.
(* PR sample)