Thursday, March 1, 2012

Review: Polished London Nail Polish


Recently I was lucky enough to be sent 3 polishes from Polished London to review. The shade that immediately caught my eye was Buckingham Blue which I shared in a NOTD post here. However I was also sent the bright shade Piccadilly and a black crackle shade called Union Black.

The important things for me with polish are :
  1. Ingredients: These polishes are "4 free - no Toluene, Formaldehyde, Camphor or DBP".
  2. Brush: The brush is wide which makes it easy to apply the polish evenly to the nail (see pic below).
  3. Formula: Is designed to be opaque in one coat which it certainly was for Buckingham Blue. 
  4. Smell: Definite polish smell but not overwhelming.
  5. Ease of application: I found both the polishes as well as the crackle easy to apply. In fact I would have to say the crackle was the best crackle polish I have tried (I have tried several China Glaze crackles and this one beats the CG ones easily).
  6. Chip resistant: Major thumbs up here. I had this polish on for days and all that happened was a bit of chip wear - which given I spend my days at work typing pretty constantly I was impressed with.
 A closer look at the Polished London brushes

Let's take a closer look at the colours shall we? Just FYI I did each tip with 2 coats of colour and then 1 coat of Union Black to show how awesome the shatter is:

 Left to right: Buckingham Blue, Buckingham Blue + Union Black

 Left to right: Piccadilly + Union Black, Piccadilly

I recently received another shade from the range in one of the monthly subscription boxes in the shade Fushcia ( yes it is spelt that way and to me seems like a dark red-based purple). This shade totally freaked my camera out and this blurry shot below was sadly the best it could manage. A hot hot colour!


So as you can see this range (from the shades I have tried) gets a major thumbs up from me. Lovely Lilit of Makeup and Macaroons has also swatched a couple of the shades - I am loving the look of Mauve Mandy personally.

The polished London range comes in 30 colours for $7.99 RRP (which I think is pretty cheap in comparison to other drugstore brands). You can find your local stockist at

Have you tried any shades from the Polished London range?

Jac x


  1. Picadilly is such a stunner! I have been looking for a nice creamy yellow, might have to check this one out. The crackle seems like a really good quality as well!

    1. It is such a great yellow colour. The only reason I haven't done a NOTD post is because yellow clashes terribly with my skintone. The crackle is definitely worth the try - that get's 2 big thumbs up :)

  2. I've never heard of this brand before! Looks so nice :)

  3. Really like the crackle. My OPI black is quite sheer/patchy, this looks a lot more even.