Leighton Denny Miracle Mist

I received this spray in this months Glossy Box and it was probably the most exciting thing in the box to be honest, the box was so disappointing I might have to unsubscribe. Dramatic i know. Moving on I thought the concept of this spray was really interesting and I was dying to try it out straight away.

The Leighton Denny Miracle Mist is a speed drying spray for nail polish. As much as I love my nails and having them painted and looking lovely I’m one of those people who does one layer and goes to bed or something then in the morning I’m surprised that they’ve smudged. Shameful – I know. So I was actually hoping this will be the answer to all my problems!

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The packaging is really nice and slick and such a nice size so you can put it in your bag or even a holiday bag. When I first saw what this did I was a bit dubious as to whether it would leave like a residue around my fingers and nails or come out as a thick powder or something but it’s actually very light. The smell of this as well is so nice I was trying not to sniff it because obviously smelling aerosols is bad for you but I couldn’t help but do it anyway! One other thing I was worried about before using this was that it only has a normal spray top so I wondered if it would kind of just go all over the place but it didn’t turn out too badly!

The instructions on this says to paint your nails as normal and apply your top coat but to leave it for a minute to set and then spray the Miracle Mist on your nails from about 20cm away.


So the little lamb I am I followed the instructions and did as I was told. Now I don’t know if I was genuinely expecting miracles or not but it didn’t really have the result I was expecting. While I found this did speed the process up I don’t feel like it really saved me any time or helped my nails along to dry more evenly but didn’t actually make them dry which is kind of what I was hoping.

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Hand with no top coat 

To test this out a bit more I tried using it with one hand with a top coat and the other hand without and I actually feel like it worked better on the one that didn’t have a top coat. I’m not sure if it’s because the top coat is thicker than normal varnish or what but it worked better for me without as you can see in the pictures. I mean it might be pure coincidence but the one with top coat was definitely a lot stickier! You can see from the photo below there are more smudges and dents in the polish.

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Hand with no top coat

Overall, I’m not actually that impressed but this product. I don’t feel like it dried my nails any quicker than when I don’t use it. It says that you have to wait for a while anyway for the nail polish to set so for me I don’t see the point in then having to apply this spray. I don’t think I will be buying it again, I think it’s more one of those idealist products that is an amazing concept but can’t quite be brought to life.

Have you ever tried anything like this?


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Yay or Nay – Matte Nail Varnish?

One a lazy Sunday scrolling through Pinterest I found myself looking through pages and pages of nail art and various colours when I came across quite a few pictures of matte nails. It’s not for everyone I know but it just looks SO good! Admittedly I’m not one for salons and nail bars so I decided to hunt down some matte nail varnish online which is where I found it on the Ciatè website.


I was so excited when this beauty arrived. It comes in such a cute dinky box and I couldn’t wait to use it. The first time I used this I had just received a Birchbox with another Ciatè polish mini in the colour Pool Party which if I’m honest isn’t usually a colour I would go for just as it’s a tad too bright for me but I decided I might like it better with a matte top coat on…. and boy, did I!

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I put the base colour on first, waited for it to dry properly and then applied the matte top coat as you normally would. When I first put it on I noticed it dried super quickly and as it was drying stripes started to form across my nail which I was a bit surprised at but on the next couple of nails I made sure there was an extra amount of the top coat on the brush and it applied really well and very smoothly.

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I was so pleased with the finish… until it started chipping about 2 hours after I had only just done my nails. This I wasn’t as pleased about. I think that because it is so drying in order to have the matte texture it makes it more susceptible to chipping which is a bit disappointing, however, I feel like this would be brilliant to use for a night out or one off occasion as I just love the look and feel so much.

Have you found any other matte nail varnishes that I could try?


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