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Beauty Review: E.L.F. Nail Polish

by The Budget Babe's Beauty Expert
Thank you E.l.f. (Eyes Lips Face) for creating a shining star in the budget cosmetic world! After weeks (seriously) of testing, I am happy to report that the recently launched line of E.l.f. nailpolish is fantastic!!!

For the sake of a good and thorough review, I ordered one of every color they offer (Decadent? No! they’re a buck a bottle. I’ve spent more on one Starbucks. I literally was sent a grocery bag full of polish bottles. Yay!)

At first glance one can note the cute packaging the bottles come in, for a dollar they’re not even loose bottles, but rather are protected in their own box (each bottle also has this fun little plastic polish drip hanging off the side to show the shade, how original!). On said box is a list of all the magical things this dollar polish claims to do for you (ha!… right?): Chip resistant shield, infused with vitamin E, toluene free, formaldehyde free, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) free, with revolutionary bristle design on brush, quick dry formula for no messes, and key nutrients for healthy long lasting shine, AND its hypoallergenic! Say what?! None of my other polishes claim all these things, and are way more expensive.

Ok, so it talks the talk, but does this polish walk the walk? I am so excited to say that it does! I can honestly say that after playing with these polishes for the last two weeks I love them! The colors are fun and flirty, and are remarkably accurately depicted on the website and the bottle (aka- the color on the nail looks like the color it should be). They go on smooth and easy, dry ultra fast, remain shiny, and don’t chip (I even filed my nails while wearing Coral, and the polish didn’t chip or fray along the edge). After a week and a half I changed the color, just because I wanted a new color, I could have kept going indefinitely the color was holding up so well.

All and all, I have to say it’s a big green light with this polish. Works fabulously, looks great, and I seriously think it works better then some of its more expensive counterparts. For a buck it’s a steal, and a serious Budget Beauty Babe must! For fall I fell in love with Dark Red (shown above), a really nice rich wine color—try it, you’ll love it!

All E.l.f. nail polish is just $1 at
what a thorough and professional review!
very very well done, baby budget babe!
when i first saw the polish on the outside i thought it was a joke. cute touch.
#1 maggie z on 2007-10-05 08:08 (Reply)
thanks maggie z! :-) Only the best for our readers! And we loved that touch too! Very clever!
#2 BBB (Homepage) on 2007-10-05 10:18 (Reply)
btw is this stuff sold in stores? which ones?
was in wal-mart and they don't have it. but then again, the polish in wal-mart looks like it's been there since the 20th century!
#3 maggie z on 2007-10-05 11:18 (Reply)
K-Mart sells it. Also, check the E.l.f. store locator:
#3.1 The Budget Babe on 2007-10-05 14:48 (Reply)
any swatches? :-)
#4 gel (Homepage) on 2009-04-28 04:15 (Reply)
i bought black and clear at my local dollar store and i'm happy that for a dollar, this line of nailpolish doesn't chip. Now I'm looking for funky colors to play with for the same amount of money.
#5 cat lover on 2009-06-26 06:11 (Reply)
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