Maybelline Express Finish Nail Polish (any color)


151 reviews

76% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$


Age: 30-35

Skin: Very Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I'm honestly very surprised that this product gets so many good reviews. Either my nails are really weird, or this is a really bad finish. Yes, it does dry super quick... which is what I was looking for cause I ain't the kinda gal who is willing to sit around for half an hour, waiting for her nails to dry. But as a few other disappointed people here have reported, this chips off real fast. In fact I just did my nails around 1 PM today, and it's now not even 3 PM, and on three of my ten fingers, it's already chipped -- so much that I was wondering whether I have possibly lost my mind and simply had forgotten to do the last three fingers... but I did do them!

Bought it in transparent, and it has very little shimmer and brilliance. You need to go over it again and again to even see you're wearing finish.

So I will definitely not repurchase. I don't know whether they changed the formula on this or what, cause I had purchased this finish a while back and I didn't seem to have any issues with it. That is why I bought it again! But i am really disappointed by it this time around. I do have to mention that I have health problems and my nails aren't in the best of shape (kinda dry and with a lot of ridges), but i doubt it does have something to do with that.

on 7/4/2014 3:00:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Not sure if this line has been discontinued or what. I love this nail polish - the formula is so much better than the new Maybelline Color Show polishes. I have this in two shades - Sunset Prisms (a coral cream) and British Red (a bright true red). Both dry very quickly, in less than a minute and have a super creamy, glossy and opaque finish - plus they last several days without chipping (a miracle for me since I work long hours and am always on the go). I have had my bottles for a long time and they haven't separated or become gloppy or any of the issues I generally have with my other polishes. I also love the brush - it's perfect for my smaller hands - many of the polishes I buy today have such thick, wide brushes that make doing my nails more of a chore, more messy. .ugh.

It's a shame I cannot find these anywhere - this worked better for me than any of the other pricier polishes (from Chanel to OPI and everything in between) I have tried to replace them with, most "quick dry" polishes look a bit dull but not the case with these. I wish Maybelline would bring them back. . .I would buy an entire case of at least the red shade.

on 6/12/2014 8:05:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I typically purchase a nail polish if the color appeals to me, and secondly if I trust the formula to have a lasting effect. I've never tried Maybelline Express nail polish prior to this purchase so I was a bit leery. I purchased this in "Timely Turquoise". It really is a beautiful color, one of my favorites to wear in summer, and sometimes at other times of the year for a change. It's a metallic like color with some shimmer to it. This product dries quickly as it promises. However, I do feel it may have a bit too dry of a finish, because it chips and flakes SO easily. My process for any nail color application goes a bit like this:

1. File nails
2. Wash hands
3. Apply Orly Rubberized Bonder
4. Apply thin coat of nail color
5. Apply Gelous nail gel coat
6. Apply another coat of color
7. Apply Out the Door Top Coat
8. Use Orly Nail Drying spritz

(I do allow coats to dry between applications). This process works well with most brands/colors I've tried, allowing my polish to last a week or more without any major chips or flaking. So with that said, I am in love with the color, but it just doesn't work well for my hands anyways. I will most likely use the rest of it on my toes since it seems to last well enough.

on 3/6/2013 2:42:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I love the way this product is quick and easy to apply. It really dries fast and unlike other products that claim to dry quickly, it does not clump or come off the next day. I LOVE this product. The colors are gorgeous!

on 8/7/2012 12:57:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Green

I got the shades Rapidly Rosy and Chocolate Grape from a drugstore that was going out of business - Rapidly Rosy is a dark purple-red with a very fine golden shimmer, and Chocolate Grape is a dusty medium brown with a hint of purple and gray in it. I found the formula on these to be great - I used two coats to get an opaque manicure, and the polish was just right in consistency (not too thick or too thin). The brush was just slightly wider than other nail polish brushes which I liked, because I didn't have to go over the nail too many times to fully cover it. The polish dried quickly and looks great. Overall I think this is a solid choice.

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

Not impressed with this brand of polish as a whole. There are a few nice colors but overall I think I will stick to Essie.

First of all, I can't find the full line ANYWHERE. I can only find the new spring collection in the drugstores near me, so not very pleased with that.

Second, the formula. BLECK. Of the four colors I own, only 3 are really any good, and even then they aren't so great. The formula doesn't settle particularly well and streaks like crazy. Due to the "50 second dry time" you have to work in really thick layers or it dries in streaks. And working in thick layers means more chances for bubbles and unevenness.

Moving onto the colors that I own: (all four are a part of the spring 2012 collection)

PEACHY PETAL (60): This one is the worst of the bunch. The color is a very light pastel peachy color that I should have run away from. The color makes me look sickly and weird. The formula is also awful. It dries streaky and uneven. Into the trash it goes.

TULIP TANGO (70): Tulip Tango dries a hot pink-ish color with some peach tones throw in. This one I actually quite like. It coats evenly, but takes a few layers to get really opaque.

LOVE ME LAVENDER (80): This one is a lighter and less blue version of Essie's play date, which I greatly prefer. This one is thin and takes around 3 coats to get really opaque.

ORCHIDS OH MY (30): My mom LOVES this color. She likes a thinner application of polish. This one is a pretty thin formula, but the color is a very vibrant dark fuscia. I like it well enough.

So overall, the brand is eh. I think if you want to spend the money, go to Target and get some Essie polishes. They apply more opaque and less streaky and you can find almost the exact same colors as these four I have.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 5/8/2012 2:24:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

Express Finish has a huge color selection, dries real fast,and are always on sale from online sellers. I gravitate towards these polishes because I don't like waiting too long for my nails to dry after painting them. Maybe I am a bit impatient but clipping and cleaning nails take lots of time already.

on 5/5/2012 11:28:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

I bought 3 Maybelline nail polishes for the first time ever. They are from the limited edition spring/summer collection 2012: Peachy Petal, Orchids Oh my! and Posy Pink. Initially I was looking for Essie's Tart Deco ($11.00) but then when I saw Maybelline's Peachy Petal for less $6.00 I quickly changed my mind. I swatched them both while at the drugstore and I didn't see any difference. Is Peachy Petal the dupe for Tart Deco? I think so and that's why I bought it.

They are creamy and opaque, applied 1 dose of base coat+2 coats of nail polish, they dried quick, they last longer enough until the next color (I change colors twice a week, but Peachy Petal lasts about 1 week), the formula feels light on the nails (some nail polishes give a weight as if they were solid caps covering the nails), another brand added to my nail polish collection.

I probably would buy this line again, depending on the creamy colors available and price tag. : )

Final note: looooooove Maybelline's Peachy Petal, Orchids Oh My! and Posy Pink nail polishes. <3

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 3/19/2012 10:14:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I bought Tulip Tango (a bright pinky coral creme) & Posy Pink (a medium carnation pink creme) from the Limited Edition Spring 2012 Collection. These are my first Maybelline polishes & definitely my last! The first thing I noticed was the brush - ugh, it is TERRIBLE!! It's too stiff or something, I couldn't apply the polish evenly, either using thin or thicker coats. Also, the formula applies super streaky with absolutely no self-leveling, so three coats at minimum is required for full coverage. Crappy brush + no self-leveling formula = recipe for disaster. I'm so bummed b/c Tulip Tango was the color I was hoping Essie Cute As A Button (a slightly reddish coral creme) would be, but I just can't get over the brush & formula. I'll be returning these to Rite-Aid for sure.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I love this nail polish however it does have a couple cons. I have two colors and LOVE them both but of course they are limited edition. They do dry very quickly but i sometimes need 3 coats because they sometimes go on streaky, even when brand new but with a third coat and a top coat i can deal with it you also need to be careful to do thin coats if you want the advantage of fast dry.

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