Sunday, 20 June 2010

NOTD - Sleek "Nailed" polish in Turquoise

After several years as a niche brand catering particularly to women with dark skintones, Sleek have branched out and become a major drugtore player with shades to suit anyone/everyone. Perhaps their best-known product is the i-Divine palette, but there's plenty more tricks up their sleeve. They're busily expanding their range, and the "Nailed" polishes are the latest addition.

I picked up "Turquoise" (aka shade 19), one of 30 bright, classic and neutral shades available from the range. My local Superdrug only had a handful and this was easily the standout, but after perusing the shades on the website, I'm also tempted by the bright orange "Burnt Amber" and greigey "Truffle" colours they're offering.

The brush that comes with the bottle is pretty standard - it's not one of those user-friendly flattened brushes, unfortunately, but it does an OK job. The formula, with "Turquoise" at least, is thick to the point of gloopy, and very tricky to apply without dragging or leaving an uneven finish. Sleek say that "Nailed" polishes "provide complete coverage with only one stroke", but I'm afraid that as far as I can see this is a massive fib. It took me three coats to get a reasonably even, opaque result.

Hard work pays off however - this is one of the longest-wearing nail polishes I've ever owned. It actually stayed on long enough that I started to see bare patches by my cuticles where it had started to grow out. You may be able to see this in the second photo, which was taken after four days of wear. Pretty much unheard of for me (except on my toenails). I'm extremely impressed to get this result from a £3.49 polish.

You can buy the full range of nail colours direct from the Sleek website at £3.49 each. Sleek is also available from Superdrug, however the Nailed polishes are not currently on the website. (You can find them in stores though.)


  1. oh wow! Never really paid any attention to sleek nail polishes but I think its time to browse and shop! Such a shame about the application tough!

  2. I think the wear-time makes it totally worth it! Use a base coat though, this stuff is *pigmented*.

  3. This is a beautiful shade and the formula sounds amazing. I have a Barry M nail paint that is a real dupe for this colour though, i'll have to have a look at the others.


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