Thursday 11 July 2013

My holy grail green: Maybelline 'Mint for Life'

Maybelline 'mint for life' / £4.09 / Superdrug.

The hunt for my holy grail mint green nail polish is up there with the hunt for the perfect foundation and leggings which actually fit around the ankle. Short people problems... I've tried a fair few over my beauty obsessed years with Barry M 'mint green' getting the closest, but still there was something about that shade which made me reach for the nearest nail polish remover only minutes after I'd painted my nails. So needless to say it's with great pleasure I introduce Maybelline Forever Strong Gel Nail Colour in 'Mint for Life', my new favourite nail polish in the world (I'm still in shock it's not a peach or coral shade, or Essie 'Mint Candy Apple' for that matter).

This is one of the new releases in the rebranded 'super strong' range and after not really paying attention to any nail varnish that wasn't from Barry M, Models Own or Essie for years, a few rave reviews from the likes of Lily Pebbles led me to pick this up when I was at Superdrug a few weeks ago (Boots have a really rubbish selection!). The shade itself is minty perfection, so pale it almost verges on a cool blue and looks slightly fluorescent when paired with a tan. I've realised deeper green tones just don't look right on my skin tone so this subtle hint of green is much more wearable and I've struggled to keep it away from my fingers these last few weeks! One of the reasons being because it very nearly lives up to it's '7 day superstay' claim and may even go that long if you're nails aren't as chip prone as mine. The finish is nice and gel like too so you don't need to finish off with a top coat, however I still use my beloved Seche Vite on top because I do love a super glossy finish and it does help to guard against those pesky chips. Application is also a dream as the wide brush allows you to cover smaller nails in one stroke and the opaque nature of the formula means you can get away with one coat if you're in a rush. It doesn't have anything special going for it in terms of dry time, but no one minds frustratingly blowing at their fingers when they need to leave the house in five minutes when you're nails look this pretty and cost you under a fiver. Right?

What's your holy grail green?


  1. Ah i'm dying to get my hands on this range. Hurry up payday! This colour looks gorgeous.

  2. I tried one of these polishes in pink earlier and I really liked the formula and brush!i love mint polish...I'm a bit addicted!

  3. sooo pretty, I'm partial to a minty manicure ;) x

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  4. I just bought this today, love it :) xx

  5. This colour is so gorgeous, and I love the formula!:) xxx

  6. Great review Meg! I picked this up after seeing Lily rave about it too and I'm so glad I did, it's such a beaut shade and has serious staying power.


  7. Loved reading the review :) I have this in a light blue shade and I love the polish itself so I might have to try this one because I love the shade- I'd love a mint one for summer. Your short people problme made me laugh-I can sympathise!

  8. Lovely blog ! X

  9. Definitely picking this color up at the end of the month in London! So beautiful and if it stays on your nails for up to 7 days then its a win win! x


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