13 April 2014

The Best Lacquer Brush Debate



Back in the early beauty days, I wouldn't be able to reel off any brands of bottled up nail colour (Claire's Accessories as an exception), let alone be able to tell the difference between a quality brush and a cruddy one. After years of revamping and varnishing others fingertips on a near-daily basis, I feel I now know a good lacquer applicator when I see one. Hear me out, my current bulging box of bottles is made up of all sorts but have a rummage through and you'll sense a recurring theme as the following three get best brush bonus points...



It wasn't until I'd bagged my first posh spa job where all mani/pedi's were topped off using OPI 's Nail Lacquer that it hit me I'd been messing with the wrong enamel. With a time slot of 20 minutes to file, cuticle tidy and layer on four coats of paint, speed was key and the brushes these bottles house helped out a heck of a lot - hence why, to this day they're still my in-salon polish of choice alongside OPI's GelColor. Don't be fooled by their initial blunt-looking appearance - pressed on and pushed down for one centre-of-the-nail stripe, they spread over the talon plate whatever the shape, and followed by a stroke either side means all is neatly covered.



Reigning supreme of the drugstore shelves in my eyes are the Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polishes and for many good reasons, but brush wise, they're just the right size - sliding snug over the nail's natural curve with its fan effect format coats in one clean stroke and matches up close to your cuticles without the fear of flooding. A single dip picks up and dollops on the amount needed - for some of the sheer shades you'll have to go in again but for the higher coverage colours you're done in one. Rewind back to the days before the Diffusion Line and Essie's Nail Polish would not have made the best brush cut; thin, flimsy and streakily applying, they only had a decent formula and always on-trend shades going for them. Fast forward to when larger Boots and Superdrug stores welcomed stands of the wider kind they now make a perfect paint job easy breezy - the new broader, round-tipped brush shapes up to the whole nail and allows for an even and opaque application.

And the morale of this blog post? When it comes to lacquer applicators, go big or go home. Have you got any better brush suggestions to throw into the mix? 
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22 comments

  1. I'm a big fan of the Sally Hansen brushes, and for me they're the best on the market - not too big but can easily do a nail in a swipe! Perfect.


    Katie x

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  2. I'm a big fan of essie's, as they aren't too thick, but not too thin :) xxx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  3. I'm not a fan of Essie brushes, but I continue to buy their nail polishes religiously because the bottles are so gorgeous; it's quite obvious I have a problem. I totally agree that the brushes on the Rimmel Polishes are amazing.

    xo Lillian from Parisian To Be

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  4. i really like the essie brushes, i find them really easy to use xxx

    mollyox.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. I was just painting my toenails a new color the other day, and I realized how amazing Sally Hansen's brushes are. I have the Insta-dry bottle which is triangular, and the brush is amazing! It's wide and coats the nail in one stroke. The formula of the polish is amazing as well, and I was able to coat all my nails in one stroke and got perfect, saturated color!


    xxTanya
    minacoleta.blogspot.com

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  6. Amazing! I'm yet to try these, but this reminds me my local Boots now has a huge new SH stand - I'll have to check these out ;-)

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  7. Ah that's a shame - but I agree, a bad brush will never put me off as I'll just work with it ;-) Must get my hands on some of the Rimmel Salon Pro's!

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  8. I agree Molly, they're fab :-)

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  9. Ah I've got to give these a go - I think the huge new Sally stand in my nearest Boots was meant to be ;-)

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  10. clairabelle030613 April 2014 at 17:50

    I love the Essie diffusion line, though there are never any of the new shades in all the Boots near me, which is a tad irritating for a nail junkie like me! :)
    xxx Claire
    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. Check them out on Fragrance Direct first as they're only £1.49 compared to £5.99. They have so many of their shades available too! x

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  12. Ah got to love a bargain - thanks for the heads up ;-)

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  13. Haha! Probably the best for your bank accounts sake Claire ;-)

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  14. I love OPI brushes too - they seem to coat my nails perfectly. I agree with the Essie brushes as well - thinner than I'd prefer, but it's the colors that make me keep buying them all the time!

    xx becky / star-violet.com

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  15. I love the Essie brush, and the other two I really like are the ones from Essence and Sally Hansen. :)

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  16. Agreed! Haha, I know the feeling - they're too pretty to resist ;-)

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  17. Ooo I've never heard of Essence - must get my hands on a few SH polishes now ;-)

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  18. Ah thanks Kat! Yes I've heard they're fab - the brush looks almost identical, must give these a go as they come in some amazing shades too ;-)

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  19. It' an amazing and cheap European brand. Their nail polishes and eyeliners are outstanding for the price!

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  20. I adore the Essie boots diffusion brushes as well as the rimmel 60 seconds ones :)

    Kate xo // www.beautybabbles.com

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  21. I noticed that when I get my nails done, they always place a topcoat over the nails and they don't chip for like a week (which is a long time for my nails). I know it is by OPI, but I'm unsure of what exact formula - do you know which OPI topcoat salons normally use?

    Also, I have terribly thin nails that break all the time, even my nail salon pointed it out and thought it was odd. What nail product would you recommend to make them thicker/stronger?

    Thanks!

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