Reviewed by Laura Ashworth
I remember the first ever bottle of Leighton Denny nail polish that I purchased, I was working in the beauty industry at the time, providing beauty treatments daily and yet I hadn’t actually heard of Leighton’s product. Since purchasing my first ever bottle of Leighton Denny, it has definitely become one of the very few brands that I trust to help make my nails look tidy and keep my nail plates healthy. I was beyond thrilled when I was asked to review these polishes – I Love Juicy & Brief Encounter – although admittedly I didn’t know what colours I would be receiving.
I was excited to try something new as it had been a while since my last purchase of a bottle by this brand and my style preferences in recent years have changed. Before I was all about darker colours, these days being a very busy mum of 3 and having very little time to tend to my own needs.
I sometimes like a lighter polish, so I don’t have to worry about my manicure being “perfect”. Leighton Denny has been using the same award-winning formula since 2005 which boasts: high gloss, chip resistant and self-levelling, the latter of which I am very happy about. All of Leighton’s products are formulated without Tosylamide Formaldehyde Resin, Camphore, DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde. I believe this brand is cruelty free and vegan as I have read about them on several cruelty free blogs, however I could not confirm this as I couldn’t find anything on the website. I have always preferred short nails and I am not a huge fan of nail extensions for myself so when I choose a polish what I am really looking for is how resistant it is to being roughed about as I like to get my hands dirty doing different projects, not to mention cleaning several times a day. I know from my own time in the industry that a basic manicure will last about 2-4 days tops without a chip or 10 which is why aftercare advice is usually given to help maintain and prolong the manicure, so I don’t expect miracles.
I Love Juicy – 12ml
This colour reminds me of a very vintage bygone era, a colour where a lady of the day was making a statement. The website says “a super bright orange with coral undertones” I honestly didn’t see the orange aspect until I read the description but the corals are unlike any I have seen before, the colour is very rich and I applied 2 coats, although I could have gotten away with one but I am a bit out of practice to skilfully distribute one even coat! The brush is round and looks like it would be difficult to work with, however when you place it on the nail it fans out so effortlessly and glides like it is doing the waltz. The applicator handle on the bottle is something else I love about this brand as they just feel comfortable and help you control the distribution.
Brief Encounter – 12ml
This is a colour I think of when I think of a bride’s hand or a modern take on a 90’s nude. The website says, “a new take on Taupe, Caramel beige with a sophisticated shimmer” The problem I have with Nude/Taupe’s is most of them are very “samey” but this one upon closer inspection has its own personality. I had to apply 3 coats with this polish as after a few application attempts it seemed to work better being applied very thinly rather than 1 even coat but I was ok with this as it dried very quickly in between coats, I would say about 30 seconds a coat. Overall this polish would be lovely for a quick nail tidy. I personally wouldn’t have purchased this colour for myself as I don’t think it compliments my pale Celtic skin and I normally choose a Nude/Taupe with purple undertones. As with the previous polish the applicator handle is absolutely brilliant.
I know from my previous bottles of Leighton Denny that they are very good, I have had bottles last years with the same consistency in the formula and at no point did I need to thin the formula out. You can tell Leighton’s heart and soul have gone into his products, so it is not surprise he has won many awards. Set at £12 for a 12ml bottle you really are paying for a quality colour that will last. I would give this brand 5 out 5 with confidence in every digit.
RRP: £12 each
Available to buy from www.marksandspencer.com.