Sunday, 21 April 2013

Mavala Pastel Polishes Review and Swatches

These Mavala polishes were used to create the nail look for the Holly Fulton S/S13 show at London Fashion Week (well not these exact polishes, you know what I mean!).

Gorgeous pastel shades that are perfect for this time of year.
The bottles each contain 4.5ml of polish.
All the shades apart from white have an iridescent sheen.
One coat of Lemon Cream.
Two coats of Lemon Cream, as you can see it is still very sheer and definitely needs a third coat!
Three coats of Lemon Cream, indoors.
Three coats of Lemon Cream, in daylight.
My nail line is still slightly visible after three coats but the colour is lovely!
One coat of Aquamarine.
Two coats of Aquamarine.
The coverage is better than Lemon Cream but still needed three coats to achieve good coverage.
Three coats of Aquamarine, indoors.
Lovely and opaque in three coats.
Three coats of Aquamarine, in daylight.
I don't know if you can see the iridescent sheen from the polish in the bottle? I've tried my best to capture it for you.  It doesn't pick it up on any of the pics of my nails.
One coat of Lagoon.
Two coats of Lagoon, indoors.
This is my favourite out of the four polishes.  The polish was the best consistency and was opaque in two coats.
Two coats of Lagoon, in daylight.
One coat of White.
I found this polish hard to apply, it was very watery and seemed to get everywhere!
Two coats of White.
Even after two coats the polish was streaky and had lots of bald patches.
Two coats of White topped with one coat of each of the colours.
I think two coats of Lemon Cream and Aquamarine would be needed really, Lagoon was fine with one coat.  I did find that using the colours over the White bought out more of the iridescent sheen.

This is the first time I have tried Mavala polishes, they were sent to me for review.  I am not used to having to apply 3-4 coats of a polish for it to be opaque - I think it may be because they are pastel shades as Lagoon was a dream to apply.

I tried the polishes over a number of different base coats as I found this made a real difference to the finish, the one I found best was Sally Hansen Insta Grip Fast Dry Base Coat.  The polishes applied beautifully to my nail wheel and only needed two coats of each to be fully opaque with no streaking or bald spots so it may be that my nails are a bit oily?

The polishes retails for £4.50 and you can find them in John Lewis, Debenhams and Boots.

Have you tried any Mavala polishes?


  1. These are lovely colours but it would send me demented having to apply 3 coats xx

  2. I won the yellow one, but I've yet to try it. The white looks awful, but it's so hard to find a good opaque one!

  3. I love the shades but my nails would never allow me to paint 3+ coats haha!! Fab review!



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  5. Lemon Cream and Aquamarine are very pretty colours - - eventually! Lagoon is my favourite though :) The while just looks like hard work!

  6. The colours are so pretty after a few coats....I love mavala as I've tried the nail's a tiny little bottle but it goes a really long way!

    I don't like the sound of having to apply 3 coats to get good coverage though which is a shame as I like mavala as a brand overall.....

    Colours are pretty though... :)

    Layla xx

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  9. Lagoon looks lovely! Applying so many coats would do my head in xx

  10. I've tried Mavala, have quite a few shades, I love the polishes, good quality and quite cheap. These new colours are lovely.

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  11. I always find that no matter what the brand; white nail varnish is hard to master! Mine always go patchy. Great review though :D