My story with Leighton Denny couldn't have had a more unfortunate start. First polish I bought from the brand yesterday had the inside brush falling off its outer cap. I'd never win the lottery but if there is one loose brush in a million, you bet I would be the one to find it. The very first time I bought what became my favourite and most repurchased facial wash, it also sported a funky cap. I am so happy I didn't seal my final opinion on that first purchase.
I never planned to buy any Leighton Denny polishes last week end. It all started on twitter when so and so wondered if the Leighton Denny polishes were any good, as Bazaar Magazine is offering a free Leighton Denny polish (to choose from 3 summer shades) on purchase of a copy of the magazine (£4.20) I was not ready for the huge wave of enthusiasm towards the brand. My twitter timeline was on fire. Lydia who had just come home, came out again especially to buy the polishes and my lovely Drew bought the whole collection first thing the following morning.
What was special about that brand? I was about to find out. After hearing the undiluted praise on Leighton Denny on twitter and Drew's gorgeous swatches, I decided to buy all three shades: Viva La Diva, a sumptuous shade of orange based red; Do me a flavour, a bright orange polish and Supermodel a gorgeous taupe/brown polish.
I first started to play with Viva la Diva and I just couldn't believe my eyes. The application was a dream. I don't know what Leighton Denny put in their formula but it's just perfect: it glided effortlessly on my nails, not too runny, not too thick. I could take my time to apply the polish around the cuticles and do my little gap. To top it all off, it dried so such a glossy finish and so quickly. My photos of viva la diva show 2 coats of red. My nails could have benefited from a third coat but I was so impatient to show them to you that I only applied 2 coats. Viva la diva? Viva la perfection, more like!
Viva la Diva with flash
Viva la Diva under natural sunlight
I was a bit hesitant about buying 'Do me a flavour'. Recently I bought an orange polish also as part of a magazine offer and I ended up giving it away as I had found it too neon for my liking. 'Do me a flavour' is also very bright in the bottle but fortunately not neon when you apply it. And what application that was: Like viva la diva, it was just flawless and dried very quickly.
I absolutely adore orange and can't wait to wear this shade, tanned or not tanned. if this shade is too bright for you, pop them on your toes, you'll absolutely love it. I would like to thank you Marks and Spencer at this stage who were ever so kind to replace my first faulty polish against another one.
The third and final polish from this magazine offer was Supermodel. I am not very good with describing all the nuances in brown and taupes. Supermodel reminds me of 'marrons glacés' (glazed chestnuts) and of a mixture of my favourite polish in the whole world (Nails inc London) and Eyeko Posh polish but with a 5 star application. (all right, all right. a quick little comparison below if you behave)
The photos show 2 coats of supermodel. You'll notice quite a difference in shade between the photos with flash (the ones on black background) and the ones in natural sunlight. The ones most true to colour are the ones with flash. The sunlight was so bright, it was turning supermodel into a much warmer brown.
Quick brown comparison. The swatches below were done very quickly and sloppily. Excuse the surplus of polish on the middle finger and the gap so big on the thumb you could drive a truck in there. What this little exercise showed me is that although Nails Inc London is my favourite colour of them all, I much preferred the application of Leighton Denny. In fact, if I had to rate the polishes from below for their ease of application, from less easy to easier, it would be
2. Nails Inc London
3. Eyeko and Bsrry M (sorry, I can’t choose)
and the best would be Supermodel.
Blown away I was!
Where the heck was I when the memo about
how good Leighton Denny polishes are came out?
I've got no idea but I am not missing out again. If you have never tried the brand, now is your chance to try. A Leighton Denny polish would usually retail around the £11 mark, so £4.20 to try one is an absolute steal. or perhaps you want to let this opportunity fling through your fingers and then have to buy the polish at 3 times its value on eBay? Do me a flavour, go get one now before the offer runs out...
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