Starting off with the most expensive nail polishes of the bunch, I have three Butter London polishes: Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat, Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat and Artful Dodger (the only colour polish I have from Butter London). Let me start off by saying that despite everyone's raving reviews about the base coat, I hate it. I had heard of others doubling the base coat as a nude nail polish colour, so I decided to try it, only to find that it gave my nails a very unflattering sickly yellow tinge and chipped by the end of the day. Not only that, but this base coat thickened faster and more disgustingly like no other nail polish I have EVER owned. I've only had these nail polishes for a few months, but the base coat is already unusable. On a happier note, however, I love Artful Dodger and the top coat. The colour glides on smoothly, it's opaque in one thick coat and I have no trouble getting it on evenly, and the top coat is definitely one of the best top coats that I've used so far because it dries super quickly and leaves a very glossy finish.
Next are my Revlon nail lacquers. My boyfriend gifted me Iced Spice, which is a metallic copper colour. It's a gorgeous colour, but the metallic texture of it makes it a little tricky to get even on the nails and it clashes slightly with my skin tone. I still wear it, though, because I feel it's more unique than normal glitter or cream nail polishes. Not too long after getting Iced Spice, I was on the hunt for a nice coral polish and found Make Mine Mango, which looks like a coral in the bottle, but disappointed me by showing up on my nails a straight-up orange. It also takes some building up to get the colour opaque and I'm not a fan of the Revlon nail polish brushes, so I personally don't think that Revlon nail polishes are worth the money, especially since they are quite expensive for drugstore nail polishes in my opinion.
A nice change from the Revlon ones were my Rimmel London nail polishes. I have them in Instyle Coral and Lively Lilac, both of which I absolutely love. Instyle Coral was definitely a truer coral than I had expected of Revlon's Make Mine Mango. Of the two, however, Lively Lilac was the one that impressed me the most, with gorgeous colour and amazing staying power - it lasted me almost a full week without chipping. I am a huge fan of the Rimmel London nail polish brushes; both of these apply very easily, very evenly and dry pretty quickly.
Love, love, love those (excuse the cracks in the Instyle Coral bottle...I loved it so much I finished the bottle, which has never happened to me before). I love them so much, in fact, that I went and bought three more of Rimmel London's nail polishes - Misty Jade, Apricot Punch and Princess Pink. I absolutely love the colours of all three, but noticed that Misty Jade and Apricot Punch, although from the same line as Lively Lilac, did not manage to stay on my nails for as long without chipping. Despite this minor difference, I'll still definitely be repurchasing nail polishes from Rimmel London, because I adore the formula and although the amount in one bottle is less than a Revlon bottle, even if I bought two of these polishes, it would still be cheaper and better quality than buying one Revlon polish.
Now for the only glitter polish in my Melbourne collection, a BYS nail polish in the colour Starlette. I had thought of a nail design and set out to buy a glitter nail polish, only to find that it was a lot harder than I anticipated to find a glitter polish without coloured glitter particles in it. I had just about given up when I found this nail polish sold in not a drugstore, but a clothing store. I had never heard of this brand before, but was feeling pretty inspired that day to do my nail design, so I bought it anyway and it turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. It contains small to medium silver glitter particles and the density of the glitter is very build-able. Not to mention it was under $5AUD for a very decent amount of polish.
Since we're on the topic of nails, I decided to throw in a review about this Mavala Scientifique Penetrating Nail Hardener, so here it is: it sucks. I have extremely weak and brittle nails, which are symptoms this product claims to fix, so I was obviously pretty excited to find this god-send in a bottle. It's instructed to be applied to the tips of the nails only not more than once or twice a week. I did this for almost a year and it did absolutely nothing for my nails and if anything, my nails are even weaker than before. This did not work on my nails at all, not to mention it was pretty expensive. BIG THUMBS DOWN!
Anyway, those are my opinions of my limited (but slowly growing) selection of nail polishes that I have with me in Melbourne! If there are any questions, let me know!