Saturday, 12 October 2013

Fabulous Nails #53 - Jacava London*

Hi guys! Today is another Fabulous Nails post but featuring a different and new brand for me - Jacava London*. I was lucky enough to be sent a polish and top coat from the lovely people at Jacava, so read on for my thoughts!

Jacava nail varnishes stand out from most other brands because they are '8 free' - this basically means they don't contain DBP, Camphor, Formaldehyde, Toluene, Cellophane, Parabens, Phthalates and Animal Ingredients and they're also vegan friendly! I was very intrigued to try a natural polish to see what it would be like...

My first impressions of Jacava were good - I like the bottles because they're different to other brands. They remind me slightly of the Bourjois polishes because of the long handle but really they're much prettier, classier and look beautiful sitting on my dressing table. 

I chose the colour Blueberry Muffin because it looked so unique and unlike anything I own already (which is no mean feat!) It reminded me a little of a Barry M polish I love but I was delighted when I actually received the polish in the post to see that it really isn't the same at all.

Blueberry Muffin is the prettiest, most true purple shade I've come across. It's a classy creme colour that strikes the right balance between bright and pastel and I can tell already it's going to be a favourite of mine. As for the application, the Jacava brushes are really easy to use because of the long handle and they apply the polish onto the nail well. The formula of the polish reminds me of Barry M Gelly Hi Shine because it's quite thick and creamy, but this dried much quicker. I was impressed that after only two coats my nails were opaque - in fact I think you could probably get away with one thick coat if you're in a rush. I followed two coats with one coat of the UV inhibiting top coat, which was also thick in consistency but again dried surprisingly fast. I think this is one of the quickest manicures I've done for a while!

As you can see on my nails, the finish is very glossy and reminds me of a gel manicure (in fact several people have stopped to ask where I got my gels done!). The longevity is what really seals the deal for me though, this just lasts and lasts and lasts! If you read Bee's Knees you'll know I don't do too well with chip free nails but I am currently typing this after having Blueberry Muffin on for 48 hours and my nails remain perfect, which is nothing short of a miracle for my flakey dry nails! I am seriously, seriously impressed with this polish, especially because my initial expectations of a 'natural' nail polish were that it wouldn't apply well or last at all.

Overall I think you can tell I'm blown away by this nail varnish, which doesn't happen often to a seasoned nail gal like me! I think this combination of colour and top coat from Jacava is a winner and I'm so pleased I have this gorgeous shade to add to my collection! I will definitely be asking for another colour for Christmas.

The only downside for me is the price, because Jacava polishes retail for £14.50 each which is out of my usual price bracket. But if you're looking for something really special that will be a firm favourite in your collection I definitely recommend giving this a try. You can pick up Jacava nail polishes direct online HERE or from Feel Unique HERE.

*PR sample

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