November 27, 2014

Max Factor Gel Shine Lacquer in Sheen Merlot

Max Factor Gel Shine Lacquer in Sheen Merlot
By now we've well established my love for gel effect nail polishes so this week I decided to go for Max Factor's Gel Shine Lacquer in Sheen Merlot.  Having loved their Lacquered Violet shade from the same range, I had high expectations.  Here's how it performed.

Sheen Merlot is a rich berry shade with a sort of metallic finish, quite different to the other shades in the range.  It's a beautiful autumn/winter shade with a lovely glossy finish.  Application was fairly easy, two coats were needed but blended out very well, covering the entire nail.

Compared to Lacquered Violet, I do have to say they are very different.  I find Lacquered Violet performs better with it's slightly glossier finish and sadly Sheen Merlot didn't last quite as long on the nails.  I'd say roughly 3-4 days before signs of chipping.  Not bad but I did expect longer for a gel finish.  I would say that is probably due to the metallic finish which I find in general don't last too long.

I think the colour on it's own is definitely worth it, it's almost a slightly more plum version of Nails Inc's The Boltons which is one of my favourites.  However if you're looking for longevity, I'd recommend checking out other shades in the range.

*PR Sample

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