Gel-effect polishes are like buses right now! A new collection every few days. I’ve just reviewed the L’Oreal Paris gel- effects – their gel power lies in the top coat, but Max Factor Gel Shine Lacquer is a one-coat-does-it-all. My main criteria for polishes claiming a gel effect is that it covers nail ridges – it’s the proof that they’re plumper and thicker than normal polish. Max Factor Gel Shine Lacquer is bang on for doing exactly that and I think it’s a little shinier than L’Oreal, too (I’m holding my two painted thumb nails next to each other!).
My initial thoughts with the Max Factor Gel Shine Lacquer were that they are very Dolce & Gabbana shades (thinking specifically of the Sicilian Jewels collection) – rich and jewel like, which would make sense because Pat McGrath has creative input on both ranges. To my eye, there is absolutely no difference in quality either – I’m not sure why you wouldn’t opt for Max Factor at £7.99 as opposed to D&G at £19; in fact, Max Factor Gel Shine wins hands down.
It’s actually in my press release that the formula is self-levelling (thicker) which stops it moulding into the natural ridges on the nail – certainly that translates to the use.
Shades clockwise from green are: Gleaming Teal, Sparkling Berry, Patent Poppy and Glazed Cobalt, but there are actually nine colours to pick from. They’re launching this month so keep your eyes peeled – if you have ridges or uneven nails, these are going to be your saviours!
All products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.