Seven weeks ago I had one of those heart-dashing moments. That flicker in the corner of your eye, when you just spot something. And then you realise, yes, there it is. No it was not love at first sight, nor was it Ryan Gosling (although I’d be surprised to see him in Boots in Guildford); it was a stand full of inexpensive nail polishes by Sinful Colors. A well-known American brand, they only just started selling their 15ml bottles of goodness in British territory at the beginning of this summer… but the impact has already been made. ‘£1.99’ struck out to me like you would not even imagine. I hopped, yes hopped, over there pretty quickly. Let’s just say, we had a magnetic attraction.
When I first found these back in early July, I purchased four polishes as they were on offer. (I’d like to quickly thank Boots for having deals like that: I love you. My wallet, however, does not.) This meant that I picked them up for a grand total of £6, not half bad considering two bargainous Barry M block-coloured polishes would equal the same amount. After bringing them home, I was quick to try out Kissy. I wanted to go for the Ariel-but-not-a-full-blown-mermaid vibe, which this polish enabled me to meet. It’s the perfect peacock green shade, with tiny golden speckles to add dimension. Winterberry is the ideal unique shade for Autumn/Winter, displaying a dark and muted mauve with underlying silver. Nirvana fit the mushroom nail polish shaped hole in my heart and fits the bill perfectly for the upcoming Autumn months. Nirvana, along with Vacation Time are the two non-shimmery polishes out of my quintet, yet do not disappoint in the slightest. I’d describe Vacation Time as Victorian rose, an unorthodox shade that would suit a plethora of skin tones. It’s both transitional, stylish and importantly, cheap as chips. Let Me Go finishes off my small collection and is an ideal party shade. I’m not one for neon so this is the ideal celebratory shade, a pale lilac with blue shimmer shining through. One key observation I must mention is how it is really sheer, so reaches its full potential when layered with a lilac polish. I tried it with Barry M’s Gelly Polish in Prickly Pear and loved the outcome.
All in all, I give these a massive thumbs up. They’re the perfect fix to fit a nail polish craving (please tell me I’m not the only person who gets these?!) and a real bargain too. My favourite is Winterberry, which will most likely adorn my nails many times in the upcoming cooler months. They’re not available in every Boots store, only in larger ones, but you can grab them online and pick from some statement shades. Have you tried Sinful Colors nail polishes before?
Sinful Colors Nail Varnish is available from Boots stores nationwide, as well as online, priced £1.99 per bottle.
Written by Thalia Fairweather