This week I discovered some more bargain beauty products in, of all places, the pound shop!  To my surprise, I found that Poundland and Poundworld both stock hundreds of branded make up items for, well, £1 each, so I decided to grab a few things.  I managed to get two Sally Hansen nail varnishes, a Sally Hansen lip gloss and two Sinful Colours nail varnishes for a total of £5.  I spotted various other brands too, including Revlon, Maybelline and Stila.

So, in honour of my £1 finds, today’s NOTD is Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Nail Colour in the deep shade of ‘Grape Escape’.

The formula of this nail varnish is, in my eyes, close to perfect.  It is fairly thick, but not gloopy, and applies opaque and even in one coat.  I swatched this in the car just after buying it and my sister was amazed at how good it looked after one coat.  I think the impressive application is helped by the wide brush that comes with the varnish – you can cover the whole nail in one stroke so you get no streaking.  In the end I applied two coats, which gave more intense colour and flawless coverage.

Being named ‘Insta-Dri’ I expected this to dry very quickly, and luckily it lives up to its name.  Within minutes it is dry to the touch and it doesn’t take much longer for it to set fully.  After sitting down to apply this on Thursday afternoon I was on my way again after half an hour, and it didn’t smudge or mark at all.

In the bottle the varnish looks deep purple with a slight pink hue, but once on the nails it looks different.  As you can see above, it has a dark blue colour, almost like midnight sky, but it is a definite deep purple in the right light.  There is no pink in it at all though.  I do love this shade, however – it has so much depth to it and a delicate shimmer finish which gives it a real look of luxury.

After two days the varnish is still looking as good as new on my left hand, but on my right there is quite a bit of chipping – no idea why!  I’m pleased with how it’s lasting so far though.

Which Sally Hansen Insta-Dri shades have you tried?

Naomi x