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.
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.
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?
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.