Name: Ceramic Effect Nail Polishes in n.09, n.11 and n.12
From Layla’s website:
Thanks to the special thickness that “Ceramic Effect” from Layla leaves on your nails, you’ll have shiny and very smooth nails. “Ceramic Effect” doesn’t need a base coat before application. Dries rapidly.
What I liked:
– beautiful shades with a shiny finish
– formula is very easy to work with, no streaks
– dries quickly
– Big 3 free
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– some base coats may make them apply streaky but I didn’t have this problem at all
Ceramic Effect is the latest nail polish range from Layla. The main characteristic of these new polishes is their auto-levelling property. What does that mean? Well, it means you don’t have to worry too much about application because even if you make some mistakes, once dry they’ll be smoothed down and not visible anymore. Isn’t that pretty cool and handy?
The Ceramic Effect Range includes 20 shades. I’ve had the chance to try six of them but today I’ll only talk about three. The second part of the review with the remaining colors will come soon, so stay tuned. But for now, here are n.09, n.11 and n.12.
N.09 is undoubtedly my favourite. I’m a sucker for pink polish, especially when they are intense and n.09 is a beautiful and bright fuchsia polish. This is the most pigmented of the bunch and one coat was enough to achieve opaque coverage with a shiny (but not too much) finish. I love this color so much that I was very sad when the time came to remove it.
N.11 is a very pretty greyish lilac shade. When you look closely at the bottle, you can see some iridescent but sadly that doesn’t translate on the nails. Still, the color is beautiful, with a shiny finish and quite pigmented. It needs only two coats.
N.12 looks similar to n.11 in the bottle but it’s darker. This is supposed to be a taupe shade, but on my nails it looks more like a dusty purple with strong grey undertones. Like n.11, it has a shiny finish and requires two coats. I think this is a very autumnal shade and one I can see myself wearing a lot in the upcoming season.
I found the formula lovely. It is creamy and a bit on the thick side but still very fluidy and easy to work with. It spreads evenly without streaking nor creating bubbles. I heard that same girls had problems with streaking when using these polishes but that was due to the base coat they were using. When they used a different one, they said it applied like a dream too.
I used a cheap base coat from L’Oreal (I’m not sure they make it anymore actually) and as I mentioned, I didn’t have problems with streaking at all. Layla also says that you can use these polishes on your bare nails, but I’m just so used to using a base coat, that I feel too naked without it and applied it anyway.
All of the polishes started chipping on me after four days, but only n.12 was in a pretty bad state. When I used the other two the chips were minimal. However, I’m pretty hard on my nails and usually use a top coat but didn’t with these as I wanted to see how long they lasted without it. I guess some people would prefer them to last longer than 4 days without chipping but I don’t mind as I get bored of wearing the same shade too long.
Available at: Layla counters
Overall, I really liked Layla Ceramic Effect Nail Polishes. They are quite pigmented and only require one or two coats for an opaque and shiny finish, apply smoothly without streaking (at least with most base coats), are Big 3 free and inexpensive. But without a top coat, they chip after four days.