So I was tidying up my makeup this weekend and organising things a bit better. When I was going through my nail varnishes I couldn’t help notice how similar the bottles were for my cheap George Nail varnish and the more expensive No. 7 varnish. In fact I would say the bottles are identical except that there is slightly more glass at the bottom of the No. 7 bottle.
Now I know the bottle that your nail varnish comes in has nothing to do with the quality of the product inside. Nevertheless it put me in the mood for doing a brief comparison of them both.
Size: The George varnish states a volume of 5ml, whereas the No. 7 is only 4ml. Despite the bottles looking the same I am guessing this is partly due to the thicker amount of glass in the base of their bottle. Smaller bottles are good for if your’e not sure if the colour will suit you I guess. But I find because there is less in the bottle it starts to go gloopy quicker. Also buying a smaller bottle for the sole reason to try a colour out is only good if the cost is low I guess. This brings us onto the next comparison.
Price: When I bought the George varnish earlier this year it only cost £1 a bottle, which was a bargain. However since then it has gone up to £1.75 a bottle, which is still a fair price, or you can get 2 bottles for £2.50. The No. 7 however costs £7.00 a bottle. Seeing as it is only for 4ml of varnish, this is quite expensive in my opinion. This means that per 1ml you are paying £1.75. If you compare this to brands such as Nails Inc, you will see that it is even more expensive than their nail colours. A standard bottle of Nails Inc varnish currently costs £11 for a 10ml bottle, meaning that per 1ml you pay £1.10
Consistency: I found the consistency for both varnishes were near enough the same and are they are slightly thicker than other nail varnish brands that I have tried. For the George ones I assumed that this is part of their attempt to make it quick drying. However I found that some of the darker colours for the George ones are thinner.
Application: Due to the consistency, I found that for both brands, you need to make sure your brush is loaded up with varnish well and it has to be applied thicker than I would like. Otherwise it starts to dry before you can finish the nail and then you end up making a mess as the brush will pull more off the nail than apply it. I would say the George varnishes are slightly worse for this than the No. 7 ones. For both two coats of colour was needed. However for some of the darker George colours, you need to apply more coats to stop it looking so transparent on the nail. This is probably due to its thinner consistency.
Durability: I’ve never been very good at not chipping my nail colour so it is hard for me to make a fair comment in this area I guess. On a work day I would have chipped at least one of my index fingernails before lunchtime the day after painting them. Whereas when I have a couple of days off or if it’s a weekend it will take me a couple more days to chip them. Both the George and No. 7 varnishes seemed both as good as each other in terms of durability. My most used fingers chipped quickly like expected, whereas the little finger didn’t chip at all by the time I wanted to repaint them for both brands.
Lifespan: I find that both brands start to dry out quickly when compared to others. I think this is partly due to their smaller size. Just like a smaller cup of water would dry up quicker than a bigger one. The annoying thing about this is that by the time you get to about the 7th nail, no matter how much varnish you put on your brush, it has started to go too gloopy inside the bottle to paint with so you have to give it a shake for a bit before you can continue. However I think the George varnishes were slightly worse with this problem than the No. 7 ones.
Finish: The finish from both brands are good. The colour you get on the nail is what you would expect from looking at it in the bottle. They both dry glossy before adding your topcoat. I don’t know if the No. 7 range have any matte colours, but the George ones do. However with these I find it harder to get an even distribution of colour across the nail so sometimes it can look a little patchy when dried.
Does it do what it says on the bottle: For both brands my answer to this would be no. The No. 7 varnish is supposed to be ‘stay perfect’ and long wearing. However for me it chipped just as quickly, if not quicker than any other brand that I have tried in the past. As for the George varnish it is supposed to be quick dry. Now in a sense it is quick drying, as it starts to dry before you have even finished the nail you are on. However it will then stay tacky and soft for hours meaning that there is risk of ruining your nails for ages after painting them, which for me is inevitable. You wouldn’t realise how much you use your nails until they are wet lol. I usually have to paint them and then go to bed so that I don’t need to use my hands. Therefore, to me this completely cancels out any quick drying that it does.
In conclusion the quality of the No. 7 isn’t anything more special that the George nail varnish in my opinion, although they both have their pros and cons. You can slightly see why the George brand is the cheaper of the two however, but it doesn’t really justify why the No. 7 brand costs so much considerably more other than the brand name on the bottle. There are other brands that I prefer a lot more to both of these brands, and that are more affordable than the N0. 7 varnish. However if I had no choice but to pick between these two brands I would go for the George one. Now I am in no way against N0. 7 products. I absolutely love their metallic eye liner pencils. It’s just that their nail varnishes do not do anything for me unfortunately.