Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Avon Lady Calling

Now I haven’t used Avon for years! Not since I was a kid and everyone used that SkinSoSoft stuff. For a long time it hasn’t been the “coolest” brand and if I’m honest I thought Avon was a bit naff. But Avon has come a long way since the early 90s and with celebrity endorsements and its products creeping into magazines “must have” lists I figured it was time I gave it a try. A woman at work “does” the Avon so it wasn’t difficult to grab a catalogue and browse the pages, which I admit, is kind of the best part. I was pleasantly surprised by their cosmetic lines – some very on trend colours and products for all ages and their prices are really reasonable. The major downside is that you can’t see, feel or smell the products before you try them, for that reason I’m unlikely to buy a lipstick or foundation from Avon.

Nailwear Pro+ in Aqua Fantasy £2.50, normally £6

This nail polish caught my eye straight away – I never expected to find a pastel aqua green in the Avon catalogue... and it was half price so there was no hesitation. I had no idea what to expect in terms of the quality, finish etc but I’ve got to say it’s one of the best polishes I’ve used, SERIOUSLY! Now I love the shade and it’s exactly the colour I wanted it to be from the magazine, but it’s the quality of the formula that blew me away. It’s very pigmented and opaque, I got full coverage from one coat, but added another for good measure. The brush is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  It’s one of those that’s really fat and coats the nail with one stroke, yet it’s cleverly curved and doesn’t overlap on the cuticles. The brush holds a generous amount of polish, but it’s not runny and doesn’t end up sliding down the nail (like my beloved Revlon ones sometimes do). As you can see the finish is a creamy pastel one and it lasted a good 4-5 days, which is what I expect. It’s so good, I’m about to order some more.

Nail Experts Peeling and Brittleness Solver £2.50, normally £5

I’ve been suffering from soft, peeling nails lately (probably a side effect of excessive painting) so anything that can improve them is worth a try. I have and love OPI’s nail envy, but this product is very different to that. It’s more of an instant fix nail hardner. Just one coat left my nails feeling noticeably stronger and very glossy. It even works well as a base coat, which many don’t – sometimes the nail polish doesn’t slide over nail treatments evenly. I’m not sure if this product will yield any long term benefits like Nail Envy, but for £2.50 it’s a great buy and something I’ll continue to use.

Angled Blush Brush £3.50 normally £7

I’m afraid this one is a FAIL! But for £3.50 it was worth a try. The size and shape of the brush is very good, but the bristles aren’t as soft and bendy as I’d like. Given the angle it’s a good brush for contouring, but I’ll not be swapping my MAC or Real Techniques brushes any time soon.

Has anyone else tried Avon lately?



  1. the nail polish is a gorgeous colour! xx

  2. I've never actually tried Avon, I wish it were available in shops to try the products ! xx

  3. Glad to her that you will buy Avon again. I've been a rep for 19 years.For foundation and lipstick ask your rep for some samples,that way you can have a look at colours.Any make up product can still be returned even if it's been opened/used as long as it's within 90 days of purchase.xx


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