Max Factor Gel Shine Lacquer – Review

Post by CM

Last Thursday I reviewed Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation, and my verdict was mixed. Lovely for perfect skinned girls, trickier for those of us who struggle with the old epidermis, but with a bit of effort it can fulfill its luminating destiny. Luckily something most people can enjoy is a nice nail decoration; call it varnish, call it polish, call it lacquer, it’s the simplest way to add the final touch to your outfit.

So I tried out three of the nine colours in the new Max Factor Gel Shine Lacquer. Why not all of them, bright and tempting as they were? Because I wanted to give you readers a fully researched and scientifically sound (ahem) result, to better make an honest decision on whether to invest your €10.39 (RRP) on one of the colourful little bottles of fun.

Prettyful colours! Max Factor Gel Shine Lacquer collection

First thing’s first; I loved the colours! The first I tried was an electric blue called Glazed Cobalt. It turned out just a tiny bit darker than it appeared in the bottle, so it really did live up to its cobalt name. The others have similarly super monikers, and are categorised by the decades of the 20th century; Patent Poppy is distinctly vampish 1950s; the blues – Lacquered Violet and the aforementioned  Glazed Cobalt are suitably disco flavoured; the 80s category are as brilliantly brash as they come, Twinkling pink, Gleaming Teal and Vivid Vermillion and the 90s are represented by Sparkling Berry, Radiant Ruby – and Sheen Merlot.


Well of course I had to try the wine inspired colour, and it was full-bodied, deep and sultry and had great legs; or, fingers. The first coat went on silky smoothly, and after a while I did another to deepen the colour further. I was impressed with its lasting power – normally my carelessness would ensure chipping in the first few hours, but this lasted just over a day before breaking down. Here it is on day three, without any top ups or any further manicuring:


God, isn’t chipped nail varnish unsightly? This is why I usually forgo it completely. Anyway, on day three it’s decidedly skank looking, but the colour is still purdy.

Now, despite Gleaming Teal being marketed under the 80s category its always a colour I tend to associate with the 70s, and thought it would finish my outfit inspired by TM’s last post on boots.


I love this colour, and it’s great for autumn. It’s easy to steer clear of greens; in the past they may have had a tendancy to resemble an unfortunate fungal infection, and that’s not a look anyone wants to rock. This one is subtle yet strong and is a great accent to my ensemble.



They are genuinely good quality, and a temporary alternative to Shellac if you don’t have the time or the money to spend. If it’s an occasion you’re worried about I would think that as long as you’re careful in the drying time not to smudge, the gel lacquer will last the day, and sufficiently into the next.

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