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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Review & Swatches: Londontown Lakur Enhanced Colour Polishes in Purple Reign, Weekend Cheers, Across the Pond, and Water in My Wellies

Londontown Lakur Enhanced Colour Polishes in Purple Reign, Weekend Cheers, Across the Pond, and Water in My Wellies
It's no secret that the nail art trend is kicking off its shoes and cozying up to the fire - it's here to stay for a bit!  While it might mean having fantastic, intricate, long-lasting, sometimes glitzy works of art on every finger, it can also mean damage. Deep, prolonged damage. Beauty lovers are no stranger to products and processes that might be less than beneficial for your health, but nails can be a particularly pesky and sometimes painful beauty bungle to fix. Londontown is a nail brand that has positioned itself to be there for you when your nails finally need a little TLC.

Londontown's line of Lakur Enhanced Colour polishes is 5-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free brand with nail lacquers formulated with vitamins, minerals, and vegetable protein to keep nails nourished and prevent cracking or splitting. They also boast a collection of 16 gorgeous shades, proving you don't have to sacrifice pretty nails for rehabbed ones. At $22 a bottle, these fall squarely in the luxury category making it pretty essential that they live up to their promises. Fortunately, I am beyond happy with their performance. Each of the 4 shades I tried apply smoothly, streak-free, have a high shine finish, have a speedy drying time, and last above the 2-days that polish typically average on my nail.

Purple Reign is a cream finish polish that has a royal purple feel with a hint of pastel.
Weekend Cheers is a bright pink with a nearly undetectable frost.
Across the Pond is a cream-finish deep blue that has become a go-to color for fall only to be topped by...
Water in my Wellies - a cream-finish green-greige that breathes new life into the earth-tone trend.

After using these polishes off and on for well over a month (only to alternate with my fave press on nails and at-home gel manicures), I've noticed the overall health of my nails has improved. While the processes I previously mentioned weren't horrible for my nails, it would take a while for my nails to regain the same hardness and length they had before I did them. I think using Lakur in the interim has made the downtime a lot shorter and lessened the negative side effects. Part of the strength I've noticed my nails having is due to Londontown's Nail Hardener - part of their Kur treatment line and the topic of a future blog post. But I can't help but think the good-for-you nail colour formula hasn't also contributed.

Would you try a $22 bottle of polish if it meant a mini physical therapy session for our nails with each mani?

Londontown Lakur Enhanced Colour Polish in Purple Reign

Londontown Lakur Enhanced Colour Polish in Weekend Cheers

Londontown Lakur Enhanced Colour Polish in Across the Pond

Londontown Lakur Enhanced Colour Polish in Water in my Wellies
By Bailey B

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