Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polish

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Anyone who shops at Cheap Smells will know that they've had a March Madness sale happening throughout the month.

I've needed a new black nail polish for a while (I love dark nails) so when I saw they were selling what appeared to be a black Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polish for only £1.99 I ordered a bottle.

It came about five days later and I was surprised to see that it was actually a metallic black/dark grey.

I have to admit, I wasn't happy at first, since the colour sample they show on the website looks like a normal flat black. But then I painted my nails with it, just to see if it was any good, and fell in love.

Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polish

On nails, 24 is an iridescent black, shot through with flecks of khaki and silver. It mainly looks like a metallic black, but in some lights the silver really shines through. In others there are even hints of cherry tones.

It's gorgeous.

You need two coats, plus a top coat, to get an opaque colour and it dries far quicker than regular nail polish does.

The brush and the whole idea of being able to paint your nails in a second is a lifesaver, especially if you're impatient or can't paint them without making a mess (I fit both these descriptions).

The bigger brush means you can cover the nail in a few strokes and you don't get that weird striped look the way you do sometimes with a thinner brush. Why can't all nail polishes come with a brush like this?

The long lid makes it easier to keep a steady hand, too.

I am really impressed with this product, and relieved that I decided to try it before writing it off as the wrong colour. It can be really frustrating when something you buy online doesn't live up to your expectations, but occasionally the product is even better than you thought it would be, and luckily this was one of those moments!

Have you had any similar experiences with online shopping?   


  1. I just had a look and I agree shade 24 does just look like a regular black polish from their picture! I like the sound of the brush, it sounds much easier and quicker for doing your nails. I'm off to have a look at this march madness sale!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

    1. Glad to hear I'm not the only one! I'm not sure if it'll still be on, it's worth a look if it is though, there were some good offers xx

  2. Lovely review! I will definitely try this out! :)

    1. Thank you, it's a great colour xx


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