BET ON BLACK!
I wasn’t sure why I received five of the same black nail polishes from Maybelline, until I realized that they were, in fact, all quite different. They’re Maybelline’s Color Show Black to Black collection featuring five black nail polishes that, in their clear bottles with black caps, looked the same at first glance (except for #702 Black Dust” with obvious silver glitter). But each of these five nail lacquers numbered 700, 702, 704, 706 & 708, hold something special. It’s a fresh, new way to look at one color (offering one color in different iterations is definitely a trend — see my review of the the trio of blackberry toned lipsticks from Lipstick Queen’s Bete Noir collection, for example). Each of these polishes is formaldehyde, toluene, and DPF-free. The brush is designed to keep the poilsh from streaking. The products are just $3.99 each available now at mass market retailers nationwide.
Starting with #700 (Patent Black): you’ll get a really opaque color and a patent leather shine. I sheepishly admit to using patent black to touch up the heels of my patent leather pumps…yes, it’s that shiny.
#702 (Black Dust) is a glitter top coat, the only polish that you can tell isn’t inky black just by looking at it in the bottle. It’s very clear and if you want more than just a dusting of glitter and black dots of textures, use several coats.
#704 (Smoky Black) is very sheer, alost a dove grey if you use just one coat. It’s meant to be a top coat, but I think it’s more fun as a wash of color on bare nails. You’ll use it anyway you want.
#706 (Black Matte) is one of my favorites. It is inky black, but has the modern, matte finish that makes it interesting, and a nice background for jewels, or other kinds of nail art.
#708 (Corrupted Black) is totally cool. It’s a matte “leather” finish with tons of texture you don’t have to make on your own. swipe it on and your nails have instant rocker chic attitude. It’s also one of my favorites for effortless statment nails.
Maybelline says for best results: First apply a clear base coat to prevent your nails from yellowing and to help your nail color last longer. With one sweep, paint the first line of nail polish up the center of your nail starting from the base to the tip. For the cleanest look, be sure to leave a small space at the base of the nail. Then apply nail color to the rest of the nail.