Beauty Tuesday review: Max Factor Glossfinity nail polish

After the success of the Aqua Mirabilis skincare review a fortnight ago I thought maybe I should really give Beauty Tuesday a bit more of a push. At the very least it would mean that I looked a bit spiffier.

I gauge how I am by a few simple markers. After I had babies taking a shower was quite an achievement. One of the benefits of stripping all the colour out of my hair is that I don’t have to wash it very often. It’s glorified hay but it’s silvery hay that’s seemingly impervious to dirt, so that’s ok. If I blowdry it, it’s a very good day. If I shave my legs above the knee that’s, well, amazing. I keep my hands looking pretty but rarely use anything but clear polish. They work and varnish doesn’t stand up.to disgusting kids and washing up and typing and much else really. 

So I use a pedicure as another failsafe. I do it on Tuesdays or when the varnish starts to chip or wear – whichever comes first. It means that I can always look down at my toes and see a little colourful cheer.

I had heard mixed reviews about Glossfinity. My makeup artist friend was keen but a few people complained that the colours are boring. There are 26 shades if you buy directly from Max Factor but most retailers stock about 6. It’s a shame because I ended up with a pretty – but bland – colour and I would prefer something with a bit more ‘pep’. 

So…I was left with the colour my daughters picked. It’s ok. It’s not me but it’s ok. I took an unusually thorough approach and used a basecoat – Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Hardener because it’s, well, hard as nails – then I went for it.

If I’m honest I was a bit cross with it as it took two coats to really look acceptable. The photo isn’t great (mainly because I have witch’s feet) but I was happy. It was adequately shiny and easy to apply. The blurb says it lasts up to 7 days. The Tuesday afterwards came and it was Valentine’s Day. I was busy and, if I’m honest, I couldn’t see any difference. 

So I left it. I figured I would push it and see what happened. 


And here with have the pictures from yesterday evening – there’s evidence of the lack of top up from the growth but not much in the way of chipping. As far as I can tell the only significant damage is a little wear on the big toe of my left foot. That’s good enough for me.

The comparison is pretty impressive – so, yes, I will be going back for more. Now I can find more colours, I think I’ll try one of the new season Chanel style colours they offer. Hey, it’s not ripping off a brand if you’re another big brand, is it? That is homage, people. That’s the difference. Ahhhh, the arrogance of big business. I would despair of it – except that I love collecting on trend polish colours and I have a Glossfinity budget and disposable qualms.

Another week, another colour. This week it’s Nails Inc’s Kensington High Street. Maybe I’ll try the Glossfinity on my fingernails too.

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