However it got me thinking, especially with the soon to be released Victoria Beckham x Nails Inc Duo (priced at a whopping £45), is there a standard price point for polish (not gel) that most of us wouldn't go over. For me, buying polish is in the same bracket as a takeaway coffee and the latest Nail It magazine. I will easily spend between £3-£5 and think noting of it, however above that I have to seriously think whether I want to commit to buying something I will no doubt wear once and then use very occasionally, occasionally if it's lucky.
With the release of many high end and in my opinion, over priced nail polishes, I was wondering if I am the only one that thinks of polish this way? Last year I remember adding the gorgeous Rouge Louboutin to my Harvey Nicks shopping basket and entering my card details before I realised what I was doing. I know many across the IG nail community raved about this product but the more I thought about it, the more I realised I was caught up in a very clever ad and pr campaign. For one thing, I don't really wear much red polish, for another, I'd need a whole new storage solution for that ridiculous bottle and lastly, I could get around 10 Barry M polishes for that price.
Don't get me wrong, I spend money on beauty products that I believe warrant a higher price tag. Face and hair products being a couple. I will happily spend £36 (the price of the Louboutin polish) on a cream, plus more. However I use this day in and day out. I was never going to wear that red on my nails everyday.
Louboutin isn't the only label to produce a nail polish line that's pricey, although it is one of the most expensive. Chanel, Micheal Kors and Dior are all brands which I have products from however I would never spend the money on their polish regularly. It's also why I have few indie brand polishes. I appreciate they have to make a living, but here in the UK we have to buy through 3rd parties and I feel the standard price of £10 is a little steep.
I love to go into a shop and feel I'm getting a bargain. The thrill of the hunt and the illusion (it is an illusion) I am somehow getting a great deal by buying 3 for 2 or 2 for £6 is what makes polish buying fun and allows me to do it on a weekly basis. Something my bank account wouldn't thank me for if I was buying the new Louboutin range rather than the new Models Own collection.
I'd also like to state that a higher price tag doesn't mean a better quality product when it comes to polish. Many of my Essie polishes I own are the worst to weather the test of time and a lot of the indies I was fortunate enought to get back in the days we UK girls were able to have nail mail, have turned nasty. I think each brand on the high street has their good and bad polishes, however I am happily their biggest fan. I will more likely recommend a Gosh/Models Own polish over Nails Inc/OPI.
Saying that many pricey polish brands have upcoming and recent releases I would be happy to own, if only someone else footed the bill.
Here are just a few;
What are your thoughts? Do you have a price limit on polish? Have you spent a lot of money on a polish and regreted it, or thought it was the best decision ever?