Spring Budget Buys: Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish

Monday, March 10, 2014
Spring has finally returned to Oregon - and by "returned", I of course mean we have intermittent days of sunshine and torrential downpours. I'm not going to lie, I've definitely caught the sun bug and my normally dark and moody preference for nail varnishes has been replaced for bright, poppy colors to either reflect or remind me of the wonderful bright days of spring!

Polish shades from top to bottom: 120 Hot Chili Pepper,  311 Caramel Cupcake, 410 I Lilac You,  210 Mintilicious 

My latest voyage to the drugstore brought me to the Rimmel stand at a local Walgreens, and the 60 Seconds polish line certainly caught my eye (especially since the whole brand is 50% off this week). I'll shoot straight with y'all (like always), and say that this line isn't without fault, but for under $2 a bottle, I'm willing to overlook a few boo-boos.

Hot Chili Pepper: A bright firey coral creme, opaque within 2 thick coats. Shades like this I normally reserve for the summer months since they're so freakin' eye catching (and marvelous pedi shades), but I just had to grab it.

Caramel Cupcake: A light, pink-y fawn creme with nearly indistinguishable shimmer, opaque with 3 coats. I had a few doubts about this shade after I got it into direct sunlight and saw the micro shimmer, which just screams granny mani to me, but it actually ended up being really flattering! A nude nail that is similar to your skin tone is one of my favorite go-to shades for spring.

I Lilac You: A light lavender creme, opaque within 3 coats. Aaaah, now this shade really takes me back! For some reason, my mom would always paint my rooms with a light lavender shade, which, granted, is one of my favorite colors, but looks really tacky when you're not a tween anymore. This lovely lilac pastel would be a gorgeous complement to dying easter eggs.

Mintilicious: A robin's egg blue creme, opaque within 3 coats. Ok, who can resist a nice Tiffany's blue shade, am I right? Sure, I've had a few similar shades over the years (essie Turks and Caicos being my favorite), but never at this price tag.

Rimmel claims that these polishes are "one-coat nail polishes" that "dries in less than 60 seconds", both of which are wrong, but c'mon now... since when are cosmetic claims ever 100% true? I'm not all that bothered that these things take more than one coat, much like most other polishes I've used, nor am I seriously let down that the drying time isn't under the unrealistic one minute mark (still pretty fast with more than 1 coat and no topcoat, if I may add). The only things I can really gripe about is that these suckers can accentuate any nail flaws (ridges, divots, rough spots) and can get pretty gloopy pretty quickly (thanks, quick drying formula), but with a good base and topcoat, those can be avoided.

My main high points for these polishes are the price point, the small bottle - this may be a down point to some people, but I've only gone through ONE bottle of polish in my entire life -, and the awesome, curved brush, which hugs the contours of my nails just right for minimal screw-ups.

TL;DR section:

Price: $1.69 (based off of Walgreens price)

Size: 0.27 oz, 8 mL

Availability: Most Rimmel retailers (I've had no luck at my local Rite Aid though)

  • Fairly large selection of shades (42)
  • Super cheap
  • Excellent brush
  • Quick dry time
  • Doesn't meet product claims
  • Can get goopy quickly if exposed to air
  • Can accentuate nail flaws if not used over a base coat or buffed nails

Cruelty free: Oui, mon ami! 

Overall rating: 7/10

See more shades and product info HERE!

Disclaimer: These products were purchased with my own funds for personal use and review purposes. There are no affiliate links in this post and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment:

  1. These are a pain in the tush to find, at least in Florida. I have a black one and army green one that I found at walmart, but they're so cheap that I want more!


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