Looks like I got sucked in to the whole week-before-Christmas panic buying phase after all, though it’s usually me accompanying someone who does the panic buying and I happen to pick up a few items for myself. The last of my Christmas shopping was capped off with a stopover at Girl Stuff for a few bottles of nail polish to give to my kikay (beauty-loving; beauty junkie) relatives. I also got myself two pretty new colors, Marilyn and Audrey, but the focus of today’s post is Marilyn (PHP 100).
Quick Specs: made in France; formaldehyde-free; toluene-free; dibutylphtalate-free; around 8 ml, if I remember correctly
- In general, Girl Stuff nail polish has unique colors and finishes that the cheaper end of drugstore polishes don’t always have. In short, Girl Stuff is a bit of a trendsetter. You’ll be able to find glitter, sand, washable, and regular finishes there.
- To prove the above point, Marilyn is actually Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala. Believe me, I’ve checked the drugstore nail polish collection. They don’t even have Marsala yet. It’s a gorgeous muted wine that’s way more wearable than Radiant Orchid.
- The SA proudly said that I got their gel formula polish that would dry fully in two minutes. It’s quick dry. She’s right.
- SA also said that this gel formula eschews the need for a top coat. Right again. It’s insanely glossy as evidenced by the photos.
- The color and gloss survived the overnight pillow test, even with three coats. Some of my other nail polish tend to get smudged in the morning, even though I wait ages for each coat to dry. I was so impressed to wake up to full color and gloss completely intact. (Had to do three coats, because I wasn’t happy with the opacity I got from only two.)
- Removes easily with the average nail polish remover.
- The shape of the bottles are both cute and functional. They can be stacked on top of each other securely because of the wavy shapes that interlock.
- Affordable for the quality. You can still have your PHP 30 polish, but this is a PHP 100 polish that has the quality of something that’s in the PHP 500 range. Some of their other offerings go up to PHP 150.
- I find the brush a little too narrow, especially because I have wide nails. I can’t easily color in the requisite three quick strokes.
- The lid, with its silver-painted plastic, gets scratched up easily. I haven’t even used Audrey yet, and a small portion of the silver paint has peeled off already. It’s no big deal, but just wrap it carefully if it’s meant to be given as a gift.
- This is totally a minor thing, but the color’s label that’s printed on the bottle rubs off easily.
Verdict: The cons are easily manageable, and the pros completely outweigh them. Doesn’t hurt that the products offer good value for money. I’m so excited to try out this brand, though I think I’ve gotten a small bottle of GirlStuff a decade ago as a gift from family in the US. I’m thinking of purchasing again already. 🙂