Lately, I just haven’t been in the mood to be bothered with nail polish. I swear, no matter how expensive the polish is or what grand promises are plastered across the bottle (ultra fast drying-no chipping-no peeling!), the main is smudged an hour after polishing them and the paint chips within a day or two. It’s frustrating to be honest, which is exactly why I’ve been going bare-nailed for the past couple of months. So, I have no idea what came over me the other night when I pulled out my basket of polishes and started going to town on my nails.
This time, I went with a nail polish from H&M’s beauty line called, Mushroom. The color could best be described as concrete grey, even though its given name is also fairly accurate. It’s actually boring on the nails and doesn’t do anything especially flattering for my complexion, but I’m fond of its subtlety. It could easily be taken up a notch with a sprinkling of glitter on the tips or something fancy like that, but I kept it simple this time around. In terms of formula, the polish is good considering it retails for $5.99 (it’s on sale online right now for $3.99!). It doesn’t go on streaky and honestly, one layer does it, but I always do two coats to be on the safe side. It goes on thick and opaque.
Another good thing about this polish is its brush: it’s tailored to go across an average-sized nail bed evenly without causing any lumps or bumps, particularly if you’ve done a thorough job of filing and buffing your nail beds prior to the painting process. I also have to give kudos to this polish on its relatively speedy drying time. After applying two coats of polish, I waited five minutes and then topped it with a clear topcoat to create a glossy finish. I got into bed for the night and was knocked out within 10 minutes. When I woke up the next morning and inspected my nails, I noticed that the polish hadn’t smudged or otherwise ruined during my restful slumber, and I have to say that I was thoroughly surprised.
And finally, the last good thing I’ll say about this polish is that it wears well. I’ve had it on for a full week and it’s just beginning to chip. Given that I’m always manically tapping away at my MacBook and texting, I’m shocked the chipping hadn’t started sooner. All in all, this is a fab albeit boring color if you’re looking for a neutral nail polish to quickly throw on and walk out the door.