If you have been reading my blog for a while, you'll know I absolutely love nail polish and painting my nails, and every week without fail I file my nails, attend to my cuticles and then paint my nails, it is usually my Sunday ritual but sometimes something I do midweek. I have a lot of nail polish and more often than not, if I'm out shopping I will pick up a new bottle of nail polish, I think I have a little problem, non?
So when a lovely lady from the company Jacava London contacted me and asked me if I'd like to choose one of their nail polishes to review, I was thrilled. To be honest before I received the email I hadn't heard of the brand which made me even more intrigued to find out more about them and their nail polish.
Jacava London is a UK based company and all their polishes are made in the UK, they are a cruelty free and vegan friendly brand and all their polishes are non toxic and "8 free" which means they are free from DBP, Camphor, Formaldehyde, Toluene, Cellophane, Parabens, Phthalates and Animal Ingredients. Jacava claims their polishes are long lasting, high gloss and help your nails stay stronger and grow longer. I was very interested to see if their claims were true, so using the websites fantastic try it on - colour selector tool I chose the colour Damson Delight, a gorgeous deep burgundy colour, which I thought would be perfect for Autumn and Winter and I don't have a colour like that in my collection. When my polish arrived I was thrilled to find Jacava had also sent me their Top Coat with UV inhibitor to try also.
Jacava Damson Delight* and Top Coat UV Inhibitor*
The first thing I noticed about the polishes apart from the gorgeous colour of Damson Delight was that the brush went right to the bottom of the bottle on the top coat, I thought this was fantastic because using a polish that's running low is a nightmare when trying to tip the bottle to reach for the product, but with the brush reaching the bottom of the bottle I won't have to do that when I'm running low on this.
I painted my nails as always on the Sunday afternoon, I used my Orly Bonder base coat as always and then applied 3 coats of Damson Delight and then 1 coat of top coat, to be honest I only needed 2 coats of Damson Delight but to test the polish out against other polishes I have used I applied 3 coats as that is what I would normally do, and as I would normally use my base coat I used that too so it was a fair review.
The above photograph shows my nails immediately after painting them, the colour is amazing, a rich deep burgundy colour which looked exactly as it did when I used the Try It On colour selector on the Jacava website. The colour selector is brilliant, all the colours of the polishes are at the right hand side of the page and then there is a bottle of polish which changes colour as you select the colour of polish you require and there's also a hand and if you click on the hand you can select the skin tone and nail length and then as you select each colour it shows you how the polish would look on the nail. It is fabulous and made choosing a colour so much easier, this is something I think should be available on all sites that sell nail polish. I think the way you can choose your skin tone and nail length is genius.
The polish applied well and the brush was easy to use, like I said I applied 3 coats so it would be a fair review as all the other polishes I have reviewed for you I have used 3 coats but I could easily have just used 2 coats to achieve a gorgeous and very glossy finish, the top coat also applied well and was easy to use and I had no problems at all with either polish. Now it was time for the chip test.
I have to say I was absolutely amazed that after 9 days, yes NINE days, I had no chips at all, ZERO, nada, nothing, I did have a little wear at the ends of my nails and obvious re growth at the base of my nails but as for chipping, there wasn't a chip in sight.
After 9 days wear
After 9 days wear
As you can see from the above photographs there are no chips on my nails at all just some wearing on the edges and re growth at the base of my nail. I am super impressed with Jacava, and to be honest I could easily have left this polish on as it wasn't chipped but I needed to try out some other brands for a favourite Autumn/Winter nail polish blog post/video I have coming up, I can promise you already that Damson Delight will feature in it! To remove the polish I used acetone free nail polish remover as I always do and it removed easily without leaving red colouring all over my hands which I do sometimes get after removing red coloured polish. I think I can safely say that the polish definitely lived up to the claims on the Jacava website, the polish was super glossy, my nails were strong and as you can see from the re growth in the photographs above, my nails did grow a lot in 9 days so my Jacava polish did exactly what it said on the tin, well website.
Overall I am very very impressed, the polish applied beautifully, didn't chip at all for the duration I wore it and had a lovely glossy finish and I can rest easily in the fact it doesn't contain any nasties either, I would love to try some of the other colours in the range as to be honest I was spoilt for choice when I chose Damson delight, there really is a colour for everyone. I highly recommend the Jacava nail polish and top coat, I never thought I would find a polish to rival my beloved Essie or Orly polishes but I have done so with Jacava, it is fantastic.
Have you tried Jacava? What's your favourite colour?
Thank you for reading, much love as always,
*This post includes pr samples