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Kester Black Reviews
Was looking forward to receiving this product but was disappointed with the applicator, didn't realise it wasn't a brush, more like a cotton bud not sure if it will do anything for my nails.
Not big on nail polish these days, but when the urge arises, it will be Kester Black. They have a not-too-humble array of shades, both classic and some, a little off kilter. My pick is Petal, an inoffensive neutral with a touch of mauve. It's a smooth formulation to apply. Easy to remove as well. Yes, there are likely many other nail polishes that would do a similar job, but this one ticks some other boxes that make it a better choice than much of its competition. Cruelty Free, B Corporation, Halal, Vegan, and Carbon Neutral. Does your nail varnish meet all the aforementioned criteria? Perhaps it should.
I have found the lid/applicator thingamajig can get a bit sticky but I am prone to screwing the lid on real tight so, in all likelihood, it's just a user issue. Nail polish noob alert.
Although I love the brand ethos, I never quite noticed changes in my nail health or overall nail application experience (the "no nasties" advertisement point). The nail oil and cuticle mask is nice - but I wouldn't repurchase due to the price point and other products half it's price could work the same. On that note, I have been using both products forever and have lots more to go. The nail oil is what you expect - a nice hydrating oil, but the packaging is so clean and luxe, definitely a nice experience and Insta pic. The cuticle mask is a bit meh - doesn't do a whole lot that any other nail/hand mask or just a thick hand cream can easily replicate. The nail colours are pretty (I bought nearly 1/3 of the range back when I was obsessed with their pretty aesthetic) but the product chips/lifts very quickly and doesn't assist to help strengthen nails. There was also the water-based nail remover which was pretty cool, it's like oil based and feels very hydrating (and oily) afterwards. I didn't have a negative experience with the products but it wasn't exceptional. Plus, now I get my nails done by a private nail tech using soft gel and builder gel - so I get pretty, long lasting colours, neatly applied (that part's on me, not Kester Black), that assist to help grow my nails nice and strong.
Price point for sure - I understand the pretty aesthetic, breathable formula, etc. that the brand sells but underneath the fancy schmancy words, it's just really average nail polish.