Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Laval Crystal Finish: Silver Glitter

So… Hai. These are my nails!

As you can see, they're not square like most bloggers (square doesn't suit me), but they are sparkly! That's because they're wearing my first ever blog mani: Laval Crystal Finish, in Silver Glitter.

There's a special reason for starting with this mani: it's the first nail polish I ever tried! (No, really. The same bottle and everything. Talk about a blast from my past!). 

Laval are still around today, and have probably changed their packaging and formula and just about everything else about a million times since I was given this particular bottle almost seventeen years ago. It's nothing special (not surprising considering its age), just small round particles of silver glitter in a clear base, but back then I thought it was the bomb. Glitter? On your nails? I was hooked instantly.

Originally, it was easy to apply, but now is so thick and gloopy, that it bears almost no resemblance to the original polish - you have to kind of 'splodge' it on rather than brush it, and it takes over half an hour for just one coat to dry. Pictured here are two coats, with basecoat but no topcoat (it really needed at least one or two more layers of glitter, but I was losing the will to live by then - second coat took almost two hours to dry!). But it's sparkly (more so in real life than in this picture), reminds me of being a teenager again, and it still makes me smile. It even got me three compliments on my 'pretty nails' today! Interestingly though, despite the mammoth drying time, this ancient relic has amazing staying power. Three days on and it hasn't even thought about chipping!

(Seeing as this is my first post, I should also probably apologise for how lame my camera is. It’s actually a phone camera, and not a very good one at that. Sadly, I can’t afford a new one right now, so I'm making do with this one until my birthday... in the meantime, hopefully you can at least get an idea of colour/texture etc from these shots, even if they don't look like they fell straight out of a glossy magazine!)


  1. Welcome to polish blogging, first of all!
    Have you put thinner into it, to see if that helps at all? It's SO pretty. I like your nail shape! I could never pull that off, but I love to look at it. I wish I still had my first polish, that's really awesome!
    Oh, and those photos are pretty good for a phone, haha!

  2. Aw, thank you :D
    I've never tried thinner, I'll have to get some!

  3. Your nails and the shape are beautiful! Your phone takes great pictures, no need to apologize. We all have those first pictures where we are figuring out this whole blogging thing. Welcome!

  4. Thank you so much! I feel better now :D

  5. I just added you on gfc. I started reading your blog and love it! This post was great and I love that shade

  6. Thanks! I've added you on my gfc too :)

  7. Hi :)
    Simple things are pretty too :)