In a past life, I was a nail technician! A few years ago, I was toying with the idea of opening up my own nail spa, and decided to get my nail license. I worked for a lovely salon in Melrose for about a year and met many wonderful co-workers and clients. Although I don’t “do” nails anymore, I was asked to do a review of the Spring 2013 MiniLuxe nail polish collection, and I was happy to oblige!
As a former nail tech, I look for four different qualities in a nail polish line: colors that clients are attracted to, ease-of-application, aesthetic when dry, and longevity/ease-of-removal. To make this easy, I will use a five-point rating scale to judge the last three qualities (five being great, and one being not great).
The MiniLuxe Spring 2013 Collection has five different vibrant colors. I asked some of my girlfriends to be my manicure “guinea pigs,” and each of them was drawn to a different color. The most popular colors were Luxe Hingham (hot pink), Luxe Lolita (purple), and Luxe Lucky (teal). No one chose Luxe Corey or Luxe Jade. In general, this collection has some very attractive colors!
EASE OF APPLICATION RATING: 5
These nail polishes were very easy to work with. They were a pleasure to apply. The brush was easy to control and the polish was not overly thin or thick; it had a good consistency.
AESTHETIC RATING: 3
I love the finished look of the MiniLuxe polishes when an OPI top coat was applied. Just beware that before applying a top coat, the MiniLuxe polish dries matte and doesn’t look very appealing. As soon as I applied the top coat, though, it turned out beautifully!
LONGEVITY/EASE-OF-REMOVAL RATING: 4/5
My girlfriends and I were extremely pleased with the overall look of the polish, however two to three days after the manicures were done, the polish began to chip. This is fairly normal for all nail polishes I’ve used, so I can’t really fault the polish…we just loved the colors so much we didn’t want them to chip! The removal of the polish was easy; it came right off with regular, non-acetone polish remover.
Overall, I loved these polishes and will continue using them on myself, and recommend them to friends. For more about MiniLuxe visit the website.