The previous reviewer 'ashleyanders' did an amazing job with her review of this product and I 100% agree. :)
This polish is awesome from the colour, formula, and wear time. The colour is gorgeous, a cool toned metallic gray and I can easily wear this for up to a week before it starts to chip. Rimmel's new Lasting Finish Pro collection is seriously amazing quality for an inexpensive price.
What it Claims:
"Professional polished perfection for flawless up to ten-day colour and shine...Lasting Finish Pro Nail Enamel creates a smooth and super glossy finish for up to 10 days of maximum colour impact and shine...The formula is ultra flexible and long wearing with superior shock absorption and chip resistance. The Mistake-Free Pro brush features a wide angled brush for a fast and mistake-free professional application. With more than 800 fine textured bristles, the brush is designed to adapt to any nail shape and require less strokes to apply, while delivering a super smooth finish and truly streak-free results."
Claims - True or False?
1) Up to 10 days of wear: Mostly true.
2) Smooth and super glossy finish: True
3) Chip resistance: True.
4) Fast and mistake-free application: True.
5) Streak-free results: Mostly true.
Comes in a square glass bottle, completely clear in colouring, and a black cap. The cap is quite long and narrows toward the tip, and has a small crown on the top. The plastic used for the cap is slick, meaning it has less grip. It's not a huge problem, though. The brush is on the larger side, although not as wide as the OPI brushes, while also thinner and more rectangular. The plastic that holds the brush is not rounded, but instead flattened on both sides, making it easy to remove any residual polish from its sides before using.
This is a very pretty blue-based metalic grey, almost a gunmetal shade. The polish has very fine silver or white shimmer. The tones are cooler, but on my warmer (peach-ish) skin tone it looks quite flattering; I can see this shade working for numerous skin tones. The consistency is thicker yet runny, and spreads evenly and beautifully over the nail. One coat gives a semi-opaque finish, and one could easily go wtih just the one coat. Two coats were all I needed for an opaque finish. Because of the type of finish this polish gives, minor brush strokes are visible, but mostly from close-up. As with my other two Rimmel polishes in this line, it does take a little bit of extra time to harden even when using a fast-drying top coat - do not apply just before bed!
I didn't pay very strict attention to the wear of this polish, but I'd say that the polish still looked great with some minor tip wear by around 3-4 days of wear before I decided to change colours. I find that with the other Rimmel polishes in this line, I can get up to a week of solid wear.
Bang for your Buck:
This polish cost about $6.00CAD for 0.45oz or 13.3ml. Prices will vary from store to store, averaging between $5 and $7. While some of my other polishes contain more product, the amount given for the amount paid is good, and the polish only requires two coats for coverage.
Not a shade I'd normally go for, but I've been trying lately to pick out colours in cosmetics that are a bit out of my normal comfort zone. This is a great neutral with a bit of punch, and a nice alternative to other plain darks such as dark charcoals or blacks. The colour doesn't wow me, but it's still a great colour and great formula, and a nice addition to the fall and winter seasons.
- Pros: Cheap, pretty colour, perfect amount of fine shimmer, buildable, fantastic brush, easy-to-find, only requires two coats, minimal streaking.
- Cons: Can take a while to dry
Overall Rating: 5/5
Packaging Quality: 3/5
Would you buy this product again: Yes