The nail polish situation in Australia is truly dire. You can either stick to the rather poor offerings from the drugstore brands at Priceline, you can shell out $20 for OPI, you can hunt down $16.95 bottles of CND and Zoya at salons, or you can do as I do and leave yourself to the mercy of e-tailers like Head2Toe and 8ty8.
So when I first spotted Sportsgirls’ colourful range, I was a touch skeptical. Sure, the colours looked innovative and interesting, but surely this franchise, with its eyewateringly bad merchandising, orange sales assistants and insistence on a kind of Geelong Grammar fringey bohemian style couldn’t produce decent polish? But then I found myself between semesters and poor and hankering for a new polish fix, but not quite able to justify another order from an e-tailer, so I bought two Sportsgirl polishes at $8 a pop and gave them a red hot go.
This one, Fruit Tingle, is what I decided to go with this week. The texture was quite good, fluid and easy to apply, but the pigmentation wasn’t stellar. I have a big white flake of zinc deficiency or bruised nail bed or something or other on the nail of my index finger, and it took three coats to cover it up. It also dried to a slightly matte finish, which will undoubtedly disappoint Sportsgirl’s top coat eschewing schoolgirl clientele, some of whom were giving themselves full manicures at the tester station when I went to pick this up. The picture isn’t entirely accurate. While it’s bright to the point of neon, it has something of a dusty, coralish quality, hence the name fruit tingle.
I reckon I might get myself a few more of these and keep posting swatches as I go through them. All in all, Sportsgirls’ polishes are worth it, but only, of course, with a decent base and top coat.