Let me start out by saying that I’m very biased towards LONDONTOWN.
Terrible way to start a review, huh? 😉
Here’s the thing though: This is my second review of this company. I’ve been using them for, what, two years now? And in that time, I still haven’t found a nail polish that I love more than them.
Their colors, their durability, their beauty, their gentleness…What’s not to love?
Products were used in this order:
- Strengthening Lacquer Remover
- Nail Hardener
- Polish: Piccadilly Square
- Glitter: Manchester Nights
- Protective Top Coat
This exact set has lasted unchipped for up to 5 days. The one you see above even lasted through heavy cleaning without gloves. I’ve never had a polish last so well for me. Maybe I’m just a bad polish applicator (no, actually, I am), but LONDONTOWN tempts me to do my nails far more often than any other polish ever has.
Polish- Picadilly Square
Thick and creamy, this polish is a breeze to apply, even for me. Ha! It takes very few coats to get an even layer, and tends to be more forgiving if your strokes aren’t perfect. It dries to the touch within 20 mins or so, though still takes probably 6-8 hours to fully cure. Their colors are gorgeous, and they put out a new set every season. I’d really like to collect them all!
Picadilly Square is a true coral shade. Warm and cheery, it looks better on cooler skin tones. The model above has cool/neutral skin, and as you can see, it looks lovely on her!
Even by itself, this polish has pretty decent durability. But to get the most out of it, you really need to pair it with it’s sister products: Nail Hardener and Protective Top Coat.
Glitter- Manchester Nights
I’m so not a glitter person. But this glitter isn’t glitter. Well, it is, but not really.
There is only a tiny wash of color in the suspension polish, that adds the faintest hint of additional pink to the polish. The glitter itself is not at all sparkly. Rather, it has a pearlescent glow that adds an unexpected layer of fun elegance to the manicure. The suspension polish is very thin, but has excellent adherence. It leaves the glitter as a texture on the polish that does not knock off independently.
This stuff. This stuff is magic. Whatever polish you have on hand (pun intended), this bottom coat will grab it and make it last days longer than it would have on it’s own. However, to get the full power of this bottom coat, you really do need to pair it with LONDONTOWN’s own polish.
It has very little scent, dries extremely rapidly, yet makes your manicure last and last. There’s really not much more to say about it, but I love this stuff so much it feels like I should keep going. It just works. And now I never do a manicure without it.
Protective Top Coat
The final piece to the cocktail of enduring manicures: The top coat. LONDONTOWN’s top coat features a spit-shine finish, a decently thick consistency, and it’s own lasting power.
Again, it’s such a basic product, and yet it does it so well. I love the usage, the finish, and the way it stays clear and beautiful until the end.
Strengthening Lacquer Remover
Don’t you hate it when you try to use a polish remover, but it’s better at drying out your nails than removing the polish? It always irritates me to have to work at getting polish off my nails. But fortunately, LONDONTOWN’s Lacquer Remover does its job without fuss. Which, considering that it’s acetone free, is a mini-miracle. I don’t like acetone, but I tend to dislike non-acetone removers even more than the acetone itself. In this case, you get to ditch the chemical and get a great removal job at the same time.