September 4, 2011

Best Nail Treatments: Review & Swatches

I got the opportunity to try out a new brand a while ago and have been testing out the colors and top and base coats. Best Nail Treatments is a company started by a former owner of Poshe, the brand of one of my favorite top coats (easily found in Sally Beauty Supply). They have 54 polish colors right now, everything from crèmes to glitters to "effects" top coats.

First is my favorite of the colors I tried, by far. Pineapple Express is a neon yellow crème that is pretty easy to work with and has tremendous color payoff. This is three coats. Beware, though, this beezy stains like no other.

Next is a glitter called Midnight Star. The BNT glitters are just straight glitter pieces in clear polish, as far as I can tell. I typically do not like these type of polishes because they are gritty, hard to apply, hard to remove, and spread like the plague. I would say these are true to that pattern. This is a fine color, I just didn't like putting it on or taking it off, and there are a billion little pieces still stuck to my nail even after a hefty clean up job. Three coats here.

This is Baby Pink, a color that is meant to be used when doing a French manicure, but I used it on its own. This color is lovely, a tad thick and w/o much color, but yes nice and milky. Three coats here.

Next is Lemon Cello, which sounded delicious in my head haha. It's a light gold yellow frost, very different from anything else I own. It was pretty sheer, this is three coats.

This is another glitter that I had trouble with, Promiscuous. I honestly chose it for the name haha (funny enough, the label is spelled as "Permiscuous".) It's lovely enough, once I got it on. I just can't imagine wearing it again after all the clean up I had to do. Three coats.

This is a pretty color, Preston On the Creek, a blue with slight purple pearl shimmer. This one stained too, but it was very lovely and easy to work with. Two coats here.

Last of the colors is Brick, a red glitter with slight color in the base. This one was a tad easier to apply but not much. Three coats.

The Base Coat and Top Coat have a technology called "Air Cure" which means that they use the air to harden, without the use of uv light or fans or heat. It sounded wonderfully unique when I first heard about it, but really aren't most top coats and base coats like that? Oh well, that's marketing 101 for ya ;) The Base Coat is rubberized, like Orly's Bonder, flows easily and attaches to polish nicely. It didn't do much of anything for staining unfortunately. I use this for swatching sometimes, but it is a tad thick which is odd for a base coat, that adds to drying time.
Stock images from BNT

The Top Coat was one I was really excited to try out, boasting that it was significantly better than Seche Vite or other quick-dry top coats on the market. Unfortunately, after exhaustive (really, believe me) testing, I just couldn't get it to dry on me. It was thin and hard to apply in the first place, and it just stayed tacky and sticky even after an hour or more! I tried it and failed again when I read my friend Andrea's blog post about the brand, because she said it was the best top coat she'd ever used. I am a firm believer in different body chemistry affecting how polish wears from person to person, so I guess I just struck out with this one.

You can find them for $5.99 each on http://www.bestnailtreatments.com.

Products provided for review.

19 comments:

  1. I like the colours, although I agree with you on body chemistry. My nails HATE SV or China Glaze FF, and if I wear Zoya, I have to wear the base coat other wise they won`t dry, or chip easily!

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  2. The are all so pretty! I think I like the glitter ones best.

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  3. Thanks for the awesome swatches!! I NEED some of the glitters!
    Sorry about the top coat! I want to give it a try but I am scared haha

    xoxox

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  4. Midnight star, Promiscuous and Preston on the Creek are gorgeous!

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  5. The glittery shades are amazing :)!

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  6. I LOLed at Pineapple Express. That polish name makes me think of the movie by that name (seen previews only of it, but I LOLed at it). Funny is I think I like that shade the most out of all these. So bright!

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  7. Very pretty colors!!! What type of top coat do u normally use??? I'm having a tough time finding one I like!!

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  8. Makeup4Nessa9/4/11, 3:37 PM

    New to following && you're pretty amazing!!!! Just wanted to let you know! I'll probably be back on a daily basis. lol. Keep up the amazing nails :D
    ~Nessa

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  9. @sheeni813 i usually use poshe or seche vite though both have their shortcomings. nubar is also nice.

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  10. Pineapple Express and Preston On the Creek are absolutely gorgeous! It's a shame that they're staining though. :(

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  11. Pineapple Express is stunning!

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  12. These are really great! Pineapple Express is amazing!!! It glows so bright it looks like it has it's own light source, lol! And Midnight Star is so beautiful! I really love Poshe products so I'd be excited to try these. I'm also really interested in the top coat. I am a believer in what you said - different body chemistry, different results. <3

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  13. I think the whole body chemistry is really interesting. When i'm In HK I'm going to pick up a few different base & top coats to trial and I'll post the results on my blog.

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  14. Strange about the top coat. I love Midnight Star and Preston On the Creek. The rest look nice also.

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  15. "Preston on the creek" is gorgeous!!!!

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  16. UUUmmm. Best does not sound so much like among the BEST of polishes out there. Not sure if I would ever even see if offered anywhere around where I live. I do like Midnight Star - reminds me of Essie Starry Starry Night - but know what you mean about crunchy glitters - not what I like to put on or wear for that matter - I don't like the grit feeling. Like all hate to remove them. Also, I find I get really tired of glitter polishes FAST. I can were non glitter shade for a week (2-3 on my toes) and not tire of it - but glitter and I want it off in max 2 days.

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  17. Its interesting that you bring up the chemistry vs different base/top coats now, I just had a conversation about this on my blog this week! It makes it a challenge to find good matches when often we're going by other's recommendations on which base/top coats to check out. We really have to depend on what works for us individually it seems!

    As an aside, how does 'Midnight Star' compare to CG's 'Skyscraper'??

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  18. @beauty-obsessed.com i actually don't have that one to compare :( i think skyscraper has some silver glitter in it tho, and this one is straight blue.

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