L'OrÉAl Jet Set

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In Sixty Seconds Flat.

Aug 22, 2000 (Updated Aug 22, 2000)
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Pros:Quick drying as advertised, cool colors, not expensive.

Cons:MY fingernails chip quickly.

Out of all the new "Quick Dry" nail polishes out there, it seems to me that L'Oreal Jet Set is the best. It lives up to expectations in most areas, they're not too expensive, and the colors are fresh and modern. I bought this polish mainly because I liked one of the colors, and I'm a very busy person. Fast drying was just a big plus. Now, it's a necessity.

Jet Set is really a quick drying nail polish. To test true dryness (as opposed to nails that are simply dry to the touch): Touch two painted nails together. If they stick at all, and don't just slide off, they are not truly dry and can still be ruined. Usually when using this polish, by the time I've finished my second hand, my first hand is dry again. I then wait sixty more seconds, and both hands are dry. I can even go straight to bed without fear of sheet prints embedded in my nails. I've tried several other brands and not had as much success. Whereas this nail polish really seems to take about sixty seconds per nail, others seem to take at least two minutes, despite their advertising.

I personally like to use two coats of nail polish, although this particular brand is advertised as a one coat color. It is possible to suffice on one coat, but you will not have as full of a color as an end result. Application, by the way, is as neat as can be expected for any mass produced nail polish. I have yet to see a better way of application other than the messy drippy brush. I do remember the nail pens of days gone by, and I don't miss them. Although the concept was nice...I won't be going back there.

For wear and tear, I do notice that this seems to chip off pretty fast. The polish on my hands usually starts chipping within twenty-four hours of application. Still, I should let you know that I have very thin fingernails that chip and peel very easily, and I type approximately 95 words a minute. The chipping could be due to the condition and speed of my hands. However, my toenails, which aren't as exposed (and can't type nearly as fast...or accurately) do hold up rather well. The polish usually lasts anywhere from one to two weeks. As the edges fade and chip on my toes, I continue to trim them, keeping my pedicure looking fresh.

Although I couldn't find a mention of toulene or formaldehyde in the ingredients, Jet Set does not have a separate label of "Toulene and Formaldehyde Free" like many polishes do these days. I'm not sure if this means that none of their polishes contain these chemicals, or if just the colors I bought were free of them. For those who don't know, toulene and formaldehyde are both responsible for a great number of allergic reactions in people. My mother, actually, is very allergic. If she uses polish with these chemicals in them, her eyes will swell up and the skin around them will dry out. It's a good piece of information to know, and I wish it were a little more clear.

L'Oreal Jet Set has a wide range of colors, and most of the newest and most modern colors come out in this particular line. Because they are not expensive, it's fun to experiment. The polish itself is not a heavy lacquer and does not have a high shine. Once you put it on, you will notice that despite the shimmery colors it is available in, the end result is more of a matte texture.

The two other nail polish lines that are most similar to the L'Oreal Jet Set are the Maybelline Express Finish and the Revlon Top Speed. These lines also have a great variety of colors and do dry pretty fast, but they just don't live up to the standards of the L'Oreal Jet Set Quick Dry. If you want something in fun colors that dries quickly without breaking your pocketbook, give these a try. You'll be able to apply your polish and get right back to that busy life of yours!




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