I am sure by now you are aware that I am a huge nail polish geek, I adore nail polish and have a rather large collection that's ever growing, you won't see a haul from me that doesn't feature at least one nail polish. So when I received a parcel a couple of weeks ago containing two Leighton Denny nail polishes I was over the moon, I have been using them since and today I am going to be sharing my thoughts on the polishes, and sharing swatches too. The polishes I received are Just Perfect (£12.00) and Porcelain Doll (£12.00)
About Leighton Denny
Leighton Denny’s passion for nails started over 20 years ago. In 2001, 2002 and 2003 Leighton won British Nail Technician of the Year and in 2004 he was voted into the Hall of Fame and became a judge.
The two polishes I received are part of the Kaleidoscope collection which has 40 shades including some glitter and metallic shades, plus various different colours. The shade range is brilliant and there is something for all tastes and also polishes to create a French Manicure. Leighton Denny nail polishes are 5-free meaning they do not contain Tosylamide Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde, I always buy 5-free polishes when possible so I was pleased to learn these are 5-free. Leighton Denny polishes all have a high gloss, chip resistant and self levelling finish.
I have used Leighton Denny Angel Dust for many years, it is a beautiful subtle glitter that I use over many polishes and I love it and apart from Angel Dust I had only ever tried one Leighton Denny polish a few years ago that I picked up in the January sales and it really disappointed me, so I am really pleased I have been able to try these shades to try other formula's and shades from the brand and see if they differ.
I do use the Leighton Denny large crystal nail file and love that, it is so good and I would highly recommend that if you're after a nail file, I have had mine for around 8/9 months and both myself and my daughters use it and it is still like new.
Just Perfect - £12.00
Just Perfect is what I would call a deep warm toned coral/pink, it is a lovely shade and a shade I would wear all year round. I usually wear coral and pink shades throughout the spring and summer and change my shades up for autumn/winter but sometimes I find a nice coral/pink that I can wear all year and I think this is definitely one of those shades.
Porcelain Doll -£12.00
Porcelain Doll is a lovely nude shade with peachy tones, I worried this wouldn't suit me as I am quite pale but it actually looks really nice. Again this is a shade I will wear all year round.
I like the packaging of the nail polishes, the square bottle with silver lid encased in a clear plastic lid, the clear plastic does come off meaning you can use either lid to hold the brush. The brush I would say is a standard size nail polish brush, I would have preferred a wide brush as I do prefer a wide brush when applying nail polish, but the brush is fine and the polish is easy to apply, it's just a personal preference of mine to use a wider brush.
I needed 3 coats of both shades, I found the brush easy to use and applied 3 thin coats to build up the colour to a nice opaque finish, I always allow each coat to dry before applying another, as I find I don't get any bubbling with the polish applying that way. The polish has an average drying time and a lovely glossy finish, I did still use a top coat because I always do but the polishes are very glossy so you could miss out the top coat if you didn't want to use one or were in a rush.
I wore Just Perfect for 6 days without any chipping at all and only removed it because I was having a gel manicure and I wore Porcelain Doll for 5 days without chipping, it chipped on the 6th day. So really good wear time for both shades I thought. I always use the Essie Gel Couture top coat over all my nail polishes, so I used it when trying out the Leighton Denny polishes too to enable me to try them as I normally would. I liked the finish of the nail polishes, they are lovely and glossy and looked really nice and I can definitely see myself wearing them quite a lot, both my girls have tried the polishes too and really liked both shades.
Swatches - Without Top Coat
Swatch Of Just Perfect - With Top Coat
Hopefully you can see in the swatch photograph of both polishes how glossy they are without a top coat applied, with the top coat they are super glossy. I stupidly forgot to photograph my nails whilst wearing Porcelain Doll but you can still see what a lovely shade it is from the nail wheel swatches.
Overall I really like both shades and would like to try some more shades from the range, there are some gorgeous bright pink shades that are my kind of shade. I am pleased to say the two shades definitely changed my mind on the brand after having a bad experience with the one shade I had previously tried, they have both been lovely to wear the times I have worn them so far and I am looking forward to wearing them both more throughout the summer and the rest of the year.
If you would like to try the two polishes I have, you can find Just Perfect here and Porcelain Doll here and if they're not really your kind of shade, you can find all the other shades in the range here.
Have you tried Leighton Denny polishes? If so which are your favourite shades? And if not, which is your favourite from the two shades I have?
Thank you for reading, much love as always
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