One of my recent January sales purchases was this fab Color Carnival polish from Boots’ Seventeen range. I am not ashamed to say I tried it out almost immediately after I got it home, and I was not at all disappointed. Look how gorgeous this is:


Okay, yes, my nails themselves are basically hideous right now on account of the fact that I had an Unfortunate Incident with a chopping knife (frankly, I was lucky I lost only a nail and not a finger, so let that be a lesson to you, folks: pay attention when using sharp implements!) very recently. How gorgeous is that polish, though? It has amazing depth. In dim light, it has a pretty shimmer, and in intense light you can see the tiny gold flecks in the polish.

I’m always on the lookout for nice green nail polishes. For some reason, it’s the hardest colour to get… But it also happens to be my favourite colour to wear. I am so thrilled with this one, and in my opinion, it’s also a pretty good dupe for China Glaze’s “Running in Circles”. From the pictures, I thought it looked like my Holy Grail Green, so I was disheartened to discover I couldn’t get it in Ireland.

This one is a more than adequate alternative, though. I also believe it rivals any of the super fancy indie polishes that cost €30– except this baby will set you back a mere tenth of that. For that price, I didn’t expect the polish to have much staying power, but I was astonished to find it was still going strong, chip-free, on day three. That’s including three days of heavy daily typing– and even one instance of fixing a toilet with a broken flush. How’s that for a marvel bargain?


The shade is #57 Green Gold Shimmer, and you can see the bottle above. (I haven’t tried out the blue in that picture – I suspect it’s less full coverage and more translucent than the green, but if it is anything like the green one, it’ll still be brilliant.) I suspect Seventeen is going to be my new go-to brand for budget polish now, especially after recent disappointments with other budget polishes because of their applicators.

The brush on this one was medium-sized, which is just what I like, and isn’t tapered, so it has none of that “one stroke” gimmicky nonsense that some other brands try to push. Yes, this is basic: but it’s effective, and allows for precise application. Doing your polish neatly when your nails are this short is a real pain in the backside, but I managed it with this applicator with relative ease. That’s no testament to my skills, and speaks mainly to the ease of application when you have a slim brush with a uniform width.

I’m super impressed by this stuff, from application to appearance to how hard-wearing it is. If you’re into nail polish and you can hunt out €3 from the sparse January coffers, this is definitely worth your time and attention.

What nail polish bargains have you discovered recently? Have you tried Seveneen nail polish before? What other great green polishes can you suggest? Drop me a line and let me know!



  1. Posted January 21, 2015 at 21:12 | Permalink | Reply

    Wow thats a bold color. I LOVE IT! My nails are the only place i feel comfortable experimenting with brighter colors! Great post, doll!

    • Posted January 21, 2015 at 21:44 | Permalink | Reply

      Thank you! I love bold polish colours and greens in general, so this is a definite winner for me. It’s funny you mention only experimenting with bold colours on the nails, because now you mention it, I tend to stick to quite natural makeup, most of the time. You might be on to something there…

      Thanks for commenting! ❤

  2. Shygirl
    Posted January 22, 2015 at 10:20 | Permalink | Reply

    I actually need to get a blue nail varnish. Do you know the name of the blue varnish please? The green is lovely, looks really good!

    • Posted January 22, 2015 at 14:27 | Permalink | Reply

      Yep, it’s #49 Blue Glitter. (Seriously, that’s the full name.) I have a review of that coming up soon, but alas, it’s not at all the same as the green one here. Less opaque, more textured, less easy to apply. It’s definitely more a blue glitter effect than a blue polish, in my opinion.

      I believe the same range has some normal blues in it, though– Baby Blue is very similar. For other standard budget blues, you could also try “It’s Raining Men” from Essence, “Blindfold me Blue” or “Pillow Talk” from Rimmel, and Barry M have one called “Blue Moon”.

      I also recommend you give Claire’s (yes, Claire’s Accessories, honest to god) a look– their polishes are ridiculously brilliant for the price, and the selection is astonishing. I’m not sure if this link will work, but I’ll give it a try. Click here to see how many blues they have on offer. There’s about 20, no kidding.

      Thanks for commenting, and it’s good to see you around again! ❤

  3. Shygirl
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 18:32 | Permalink | Reply

    Oh great thanks for all the suggestions!

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