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We tried it: Blue polish face-off

- September 20th, 2013

Guest review by Nicole Feenstra

Make the back to school blues a good thing with bright, nautical nail polishes that keep the happy summer vibrations going well into fall.

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Nicole tries out Santorini Blue by Ceramic Glaze, Jungle Gem by Sally Hansen, and Blue My Mind by Rimmel London. (Nicole Feenstra/QMI Agency

I put three blue nail polishes to the test – Ceramic Glaze’s Santorini Blue, Sally Hansen’s Jungle Gem and Rimmel London’s Blue My Mind – to find out which one had the best hue and lasted the longest. All three colours reminded me of tropical waters and summer beach trips, but these three polishes definitely weren’t created equal in terms of performance.

Santorini Blue by Ceramic Glaze

This deep blue polish, available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart, very much embodies the hue of the blue roofs of the buildings that stand on the Greek isle of Santorini.

The polish went on very thin and it took three coats before my nails were completely and evenly covered. The polish has a very subtle iridescence and I liked that it was shimmery without being glittery.

This was definitely the polish that attracted the most attention and the one I received the most compliments on. It’s also my personal favourite of the three colours for being shiny, vibrant and such a great shade of blue.

Unfortunately, this was the first of the three polishes to chip. I began to see wear after about five days.

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Nicole tries out three different blue shades and brands. (Nicole Feenstra/QMI Agency)

Jungle Gem by Sally Hansen

I liked this Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure line nail polish because of all the great built-in extras: base, strengthener, growth treatment and top coat. It made the polish practically chip-proof. I only began to see a little wear at the tip of my nails after nine days – nearly double the Ceramic Glaze polish.

It’s a super luxurious, matte polish that really only required one coat, though I applied a second one to make sure my nails were evenly coated.

The Jungle Gem colour is a teal. It’s a little darker on than in the bottle, but it’s very subtle and a great way to wear a little blue on your nails without being too bold.

Blue My Mind by Rimmel London

This is one of Rimmel’s 60 Seconds polishes, matte “one coat” nail polishes that are supposed to dry in a minute flat. Unfortunately, this polish failed on both counts.

Blue My Mind is a cool Robin’s Blue shade – bright and vivacious – that went on thicker than Santorini Blue, but needed a second coat as I felt it went on unevenly and didn’t fully cover the nail. It didn’t dry in 60 seconds, but took about as long to dry as the other polishes – five to ten minutes before I felt comfortable touching anything.

This polish did last longer than the Ceramic Glaze polish, lasting about six days before I began to notice wear – not enough to bother with a touch-up – at the tips of my nails.

Long story short: The overall winner was the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polish for its durability, but I liked the Santorini Blue from Ceramic Glaze best for hue alone. The Rimmel London 60 Seconds polish was a nice colour, but I didn’t feel this polish offered even coverage, long lasting wear or the quick-drying formula it promised.

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Nicole picks Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polish for its durability, but favoured Santorini Blue from Ceramic Glaze for its awesome colour. (Nicole Feesntra/QMI Agency)

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