So one of the things that happens when you have two little girls: they help themselves to your nail varnish stash whenever they feel like it, including base and top coats. Just when you need to do the quickest mani of all time and you’re searching for your quick dry top coat, you find that they’re all gone. All of them. Not my Seche Vite nor my Sally Hansen Insta-Dri were anywhere to be seen. Heads will roll, but in the meantime, I needed to replace pretty quickly.
My local Boots has just about every Sally Hansen product you could wish for, except for the Insta-Dri. Same story for the local independent chemist. So I tried the Mavala Minute Quick-Finish version; at a purse-friendly £4.75, it wasn’t the biggest risk in the nail universe.
Great things come in small packages, and it’s certainly true of this little beauty. Small enough to be a permanent fixture in my daily makeup bag, its super-powerful, literally leaving the varnish touch-dry in a minute with a high-gloss shine that lasts for upto three days. And at less than a fiver, you really can’t go wrong.
What’s your favourite top coat?
Mavala Minute Quick-Finish, £4.75, here