Know what’s neat about UV-cured nail colour like OPI Axxium, GelColor by OPI, CND Shellac, and Artistic Colour Gloss? If you expose the stuff to direct sunlight (hello, UVA + UVB), it cures. That’s why the bottles and pots are all protectively opaque. In fact, if sunlight hits UV-sensitive colour as a technician is doing nails, the stuff hardens on the brush right quick.
Know what’s neat about Revlon Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel? Inspired by the current no-chip, soak-off-gel craze, the formula includes UV-sensitive elements so the polish doesn’t just dry — it cures. And it does so in natural light, for a stronger, hardier finish than regular polish. Good, geeky news for the DIY mani fan.
“You still have enough working time to apply the polish smoothly,” says Tips Nail Bar’s Leeanne Colley, our best nail friend and Revlon nail expert. “But it dries much faster than regular lacquer, and in a way shrink-wraps your nail. And the finish is super shiny.”
The polish won’t harden in the bottle, but once it’s on your nails, expect a little nail tingle as it dries. (I’ve never felt a tingle during my Axxium, Gelish, Entity or Artistic Colour Gloss applications, mind you, but maybe it’s because the warmth of the UV bulbs distracts?) Don’t expect the cured finish to be quite as strong as standard soak-off, no-chip types, but certainly expect to get a couple of extra days from your at-home manicure.
The other Colorstay difference is a double-tuft or double-barrel brush — two slender bristle-tufts side-by-each, designed to fan out over the nail as you apply, so you can get the job done in two easy strokes.
And removal? Regular nail polish remover and a cotton pad or two, as with standard polish.
Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel comes in 16 shades ranging from soft neutrals to edgy to wow, in a mix of shimmer and non, plus a base coat and a top coat. Leeanne’s favourite shades: Marmalade, a splashy orange; Midnight, a deep turquoise jade; and Bare Bones, a putty colour.
The line hits drugstores and mass retailers in December.
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