Mani Monday | Testing New Look Nail Varnish

It’s always interesting when fashion brands branch out into the makeup world as if you love their clothes you want to love their makeup.

New Look have recently re-vamped their beauty range and given it a whole new look (geddit?!) as well as adding some new products.

I heard from a friend that the New Look nail varnishes lasted really well on them so I thought I would give them a go.

New Look Nail Polish.jpeg


The packaging is pretty basic but that’s why it works because it has a very clean and modern feel to it.

The bottles are clear and square with capital lettering letting you know the type of varnish; plain, simple and to the point.

The names of the shades are on the back of the polish and the bottles are topped with a simple grooved black lid for easy grip.

New Look Nail Polishes.jpeg


There are four different types of varnish on offer, of which I’ve tried three: gel, matte, textured and the last one I haven’t tried is just your regular polish.

They also have base coats and top coats in the collection along with your usual nail accessories such as nail files etc. I also got the gel top coat to go with my gel varnish.

New look textured nail varnish.jpeg


All polishes are priced at £2.99 which is a very good price for a decent size bottle. They are usually on 3 for 2 (which is when I got mine) and they come in sets in a nice box which make great presents.

New look textured nail polish.jpeg


Each polish has the same size brush which is a fairly wide one. This is my favourite kind as it coats the nail in a maximum of two strokes giving good coverage. They apply nicely and not patchy. Two coats is enough for all polishes.

The drying time on these is quite long it took a good hour to paint my nails overall including the top coat and I just don’t have time for nails to take this long so that was a disappointment for me. The top coat especially stayed tacky for a very long time which means you can’t do much whilst your waiting!

New look gel top coat


Gel polish

The gel polish has a shiny gel-like finish that I would expect from a gel varnish and looks really nice. I got the shades Nude Rose an Heather.

New look gel polish swatch.jpeg

Matte polish

This has a very matte finish which doesn’t look flat. I got the shade Dusty Pink and I really like the way this turned out!

New look matte polish swatch

Textured polish

This one is very glittery and sparkly without being chunky. It did look really nice as it was very opaque and pigmented with two coats. I got the shades Gunmetal and Heartbeat.

New look textured nail polish swatch.jpeg


This is another hurdle they didn’t make as they chipped after a couple of days. They did last more than a day which is more than I can say about some nail varnishes I use but they didn’t last all that long after.


They were quite hard to remove especially the textured one as it was glittery it took the absolute mick to take off!


These are a good price and the range of colours and the finish is lovely but the drying time and the chipping just doesn’t cut it for me, sorry New Look!

Have you tried any New Look nail varnishes? What did you think? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below!

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    • Sophie in Wonderland xo
      June 26, 2017 / 9:37 am

      It is lovely packaging! thanks for reading hun xo

  1. June 26, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Hmmm yeah the drying time and chipping would be a huge issue for me- especially since I already tend to chip quickly. But I love that they have wide brushes- and the textured ones really look like they pack a lot of glitter which is great. Definitely worth trying considering the price point! Loved reading this xx

    • Sophie in Wonderland xo
      June 26, 2017 / 9:37 am

      Yeah there are some fab points and some bad points it’s annoying when that happens!! They are pigmented and look lovely when finished!! thank you so much lovely xo

  2. June 26, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    I love the nude & sparkly silver look you’ve created! Beautiful.

  3. June 26, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    I’ve tried their lipsticks which are really good, but never tried these! Will have to give them a go! xx

  4. June 26, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    Some really nice colours but the drying time and the chipping is disappointing. I do like the look of the bottles though.

  5. June 26, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    The packaging is so nice! I love square bottles like this – they store so well in bins.
    The Nude Rose shade is so pretty – I don’t care for matte finishes either, I always put top coat on them!

    • Sophie in Wonderland xo
      July 3, 2017 / 10:21 am

      they are handy shapes! it’s just a shame about the chipping! xo

  6. June 26, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    I love glitter polishes but I have always found they are a nightmare to get off! If I paint my own nails with glitter I always go to a salon to get them taken off because I just dont have the patience haha.

    • Sophie in Wonderland xo
      July 3, 2017 / 10:21 am

      haha I don’t blame you I get sick of it too! xo

  7. June 26, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    I didn’t even know New Look made nail varnishes! I love all the shades you picked out, although I can’t deal with that much dry time and chipping. It’s too bad..

    • Sophie in Wonderland xo
      July 3, 2017 / 10:21 am

      It’s a shame isn’t it! xo

  8. June 26, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    My biggest problem with New Look nail varnishes is their drying time. I just don’t have the time or patience.
    It’s so difficult to do more than one coat when the drying time is so long.
    It’s a shame because they do such beautiful colours and finishes.

  9. July 5, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    These look lovely and the price is so tempting !

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