Polish - Maybelline Express Finish 50 Second Nail Color in Banana Bamba
Nubs - Days 10-15
I know you'll be shocked, but I got this polish on clearance at Big Lots. I got it because it looked like a nice mellow yellow in the bottle, and I didn't have a nice yellow in my collection. I had a possibly-school bus yellow (that's later on down the list of untrieds) but nothing soft like this one.
The brush was squat and very thick. It really sucked up the polish, which you'd think would make it go on a lot smoother. Well, it didn't. It was kind of a streaky mess to apply. But with 3 thin coats and some Seche Vite, it came out as well as could be expected.
The day after I put on this polish, I started reading about how horribly the Maybelline Express Finish polishes chip and don't wear well at all. Well, at that point, it became a quest to see how long it would last. I wore it for 5 solid days and it wasn't as awful as I'd expected. I never reapplied my top coat, and it still ended up with just tip wear and just a couple of small chips. I will say that the first of those chips came within 12 hours of application, though. If you look closely, you can see it on the edge of my thumbnail. But that was it until the last day. I was impressed, for the most part. But that doesn't mean I'll be flying out to scoop up anymore of this polish. If I come across another color that I like the look of, and it's cheap enough, I'll probably buy it. But I don't plan to start hoarding it or anything.
You can see the soft shimmer in this photo. It gives it a little extra kick and makes it just a little more special, don't you think?
And this is after 5 solid days of wear. It's not a wonderful photo - the sun was almost set by the time I remembered to go out and take it. But you can still see the wear. Not too bad.