Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lipmann first came to my attention as part of the Lupita Nyong’o glam squad during the run up to the Oscars and subsequently. Genie in a Bottle specifically caught my eye as it is a lavender base coat and I am obsessed with all things purple.
Described as an ‘illuminating nail tone perfector’ the violet micro pigements are said to neutralise dull and stained nails. I wear a lot of dark nail colour but always wear a base coat so I was interested to see what if any effect it would have on my nails.
The colour is very sheer on the nails so you don’t see the purple tone at all. There is very sparse shimmer which on bare nails catch the light occasionally. My natural nail colour is a yellow/peach tone and whilst Genie in a Bottle does not whiten my nails, they do look a bit brighter with it on. If like me you are someone that likes a neutral nail shade but does not like the white based pink and peach tones this is a cracker. You can still see your natural nail but the overall effect is polished.
This is a five free formula – no toluene, formaldehyde, camphor DBP or formaldehyde resin. I like the cube shaped bottle and the easy grip short lid with a standard brush on a short wand made painting the nails pretty easy.
It dries slightly tacky so I prefer to wear it with a top coat. As a base coat for other shades it works well but it is not the tackiest base coat In terms of staying power I don’t think that it was better than other products that I have used but when I removed my polish I noticed that my nails were very clean.
At £18 a bottle it is not the cheapest base coat, but if you have nail discolouration and are looking for an every day effective product, this is a good option. This is one of those products that you don’t think that you re going to use, and then you find yourself reaching for it
Genie is a Bottle is available from QVCUK and other authorised stockists.