No 7 Vivid Violet

Hey guys, here’s a mini polish from No 7 I received as part of a Christmas gift set from my auntie. It came with an eyeshadow duo which is gorgeous, and a lipgloss called Marshmallow which is equally gorgeous. The polish I’m not wild about. I love the colour but the application leaves a little to be desired.

No 7 Vivid Violet Boots UK nail polish Stay Perfect Nail Colour review pink purple shimmer red toned bright mini christmas gift set

No 7 Vivid Violet Boots UK nail polish Stay Perfect Nail Colour review pink purple shimmer red toned bright mini christmas gift set

No 7 Vivid Violet Boots UK nail polish Stay Perfect Nail Colour review pink purple shimmer red toned bright mini christmas gift set

No 7 Vivid Violet Boots UK nail polish Stay Perfect Nail Colour review pink purple shimmer red toned bright mini christmas gift set

No 7 Vivid Violet Boots UK nail polish Stay Perfect Nail Colour review pink purple shimmer red toned bright mini christmas gift set

No 7 Vivid Violet Boots UK nail polish Stay Perfect Nail Colour review pink purple shimmer red toned bright mini christmas gift set close up

As before, I love the colour. I’m not really a purple-girl due to my bedroom being a rather sickly combination of purples for a good 10 or so years, but this type of purple is definitely one I like. Vivid Violet is just that – vivid, eye-catching and in theory, gorgeous. It consists of blue, purple and pink shimmer suspended in a purpley-red base, a recipe for purple perfection, one might think.

Application:

Here is where the polish fell down in my denominations. The polish was streaky, leaving patches with barely any shimmer and a lot of the purple-red base, and was also a tad on the sheer side, requiring 3 coats to even it out. I feel that some of the streaks still were not covered by the 3rd coat, so maybe even a 4th would be necessary. It also dried fairly slowly for a modern polish, resulting in a couple of bubbles where I applied the 2nd coat too soon. It wasn’t awful, but it certainly wasn’t one you could slap on and go – particularly at 3 coats! The one thing in its favour was that the finish was shiny, which was slightly redeeming. I did also find the brush hard to manouver, as is often the case with No 7 polishes.

Overall I would not buy this myself, unless I had a £5 off No 7 voucher and a serious need for a purple shimmer. But I feel there are other purple shimmers on the market for a very reasonable price so this would not be one I choose to buy. However it is very pretty, so if you’re a purple-addict and you can put up with poor application then maybe it’s worth it.

The full-size bottle of Vivid Violet (as far as I’m aware you can’t buy the minis separately) costs £7 from Boots.

I am often left feeling disappointed by No 7 polishes, the shimmers I own by No 7 (particularly from the newer line) are very sheer requiring up to 4 coats for opacity, and I’ve also had problems with their longevity. Have any of you had problems with No 7?

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Disclaimer: Everything mentioned in this blog post was either bought by myself with my own money, or given to me as a gift from friends/relatives. All opinions expressed here are my own.

  • Cuti-CLUE-les

    I have never had a good No7 polish. I refuse to buy them at full price because the quality is awful. Even with a boots voucher I’m wary. I’d sooner keep the €2 for essence or catrice xx

    • I’m the same, I used to think it was a bargain at £2 but for the quality, even £2 is too expensive! xx

  • Helly (Nailnewbie)

    Nope, never had a good No7 polish either. The brush is loose in the cap, they’re either too thick or too sheer and lumpy and bubbly. Totally not worth £2 even with a voucher. I’d rather go for a lippy! They do have some nice colours though, so it’s a real shame.

    • I noticed that too, it is ALWAYS bendy and feels like it’s going to snap off! Yes I totally agree xxx

  • I don’t like No7 polish either. I only have 2 and I keep one of them for sentimental reasons, the other I got off my Mum! I hate their formula, I think they’re missing a trick because they could really do something good at the price they sell them for. Love the new design Emma x

    • I totally agree, they could really do well at that price if they produced a decent polish… but it just isn’t. All the No 7s I own have horrendous tipwear/chipping within 24hrs! Aww thank you so much 😀 xx

  • Kerry

    I was bought this in a set of polishes for christmas also, and I put it as a base for OPI’s Divine Swine. I can’t remember how good/bad it was as I wasn’t too bothered by the finish as I was putting the glitter over the top but I shall look out for this when I do use it on it’s own. Xx

    • Ooh that’s a good idea. It’s a good one for layering (for use as a base) 🙂 xxx

  • Mel

    I’m really glad I have you trying out all these polishes for me… Especially the purple ones! I nearly bought this one just last week but after reading this I think I might skip it! There are many more lovely purple polishes out there just waiting…….

    • Haha, I was thinking of you when I was writing this post! 🙂 It’s a super duper colour but I just don’t feel it’s worth it for the application problems. Hmm. Yes I agree 😉 xx

  • no.7 polishes start to be expensive now. I dont know the price and everything now since they’ve revamped the whole thing but for me, the only way forward is to reduce the amount of polish in the bottle and sell the polish for cheaper. but they’re never going to do that, the greedy monkeys. i can get a perfect polish at £1.99 from beauty uk. this polish is pretty but it has one of the things i dont like with certain ‘blood red’ polishes, this unevenness around the edge, like it has bled a bit. does it make sense?

    • I feel the same 🙁 I don’t like them at all really, I find they are so overpriced for the job they do… Yes, it’s stupid that better quality polishes are like a quarter of the price! Yes I agree, I know exactly what you mean, it’s frustrating because there’s not a lot you can do about it! xxx