REVIEW: Rimmel London 60 Seconds Nail Polish

Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish: I really love wearing grey nail varnish, as it complements so many outfits, so I was really excited to try out Rimmel London’s 60 Second Nail Varnish, #805 Grey Matter. I have a grey polish from Nails Inc that is a bit lighter so this was a nice change.

The bottle makes three claims:

  • That it is a one coat nail polish
  • Its trademark Xpress Brush means a one second application
  • It dries within 60 seconds

I put it to you that these claims are all false. Or, one or more are mutually exclusive from the other claims. If you use enough loaded on the brush to make one coat sufficient, it doesn’t dry within 30 seconds. If you manage to sufficiently apply one coat in one go with the brush, chances are it takes slightly longer than one second and you will probably need to apply a second coat.

However, that said, five minutes down the line and two coats later I was very happy with the finish. It’s a good texture and dries with a shiny and flat finish. I found some tip wear developing after 2 days, but I think this is probably reasonable. And I would agree that it dries slightly quicker than normal polishes although I would be unwilling to engage in any heavy activity after a mere 60 seconds!

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At an altogether reasonable £3.49 at Boots currently, I would say this is definitely a decent buy. It may not do exactly what it says on the tin, but it’s a lovely colour and a nice finish.


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