Tried & Tested: Avon Stardust Nail Polish

Avon Stardust Review

Product:

Avon Stardust Nail Enamel in Crystalized Pink & Polished Plum (10ml)

Where I purchased it & cost:

I purchased both these polishes from the December 2014 Avon catalogue given to me by my local Sales Representative!

The Stardust Polishes retail for £6 each – you can purchase any of the seven shades directly from the Avon Website

Manufacturer Description/Unique selling points:

Excerpt from Avon website: ‘Give a matte finish with opalescent glitter in different sizes for a unique 3D effect.’

Packaging:

I must admit, the packaging of these polishes reeled me in every bit as much as the pretty colours… this trendy little bottle certainly doesn’t disappoint on looks ladies! Its sassy diamond cut design oozes opulence for such a pocket friendly price tag.

Furthermore, when my goodies prompty arrived both 10ml bottles came neatly packaged in their very own branded boxes – another brownie point to making them feel that little bit more luxurious than a drug store nail enamel purchase.

Top marks for presentation Avon!

Pros:

The Crystalized Pink is most definitely going to impress if (like me) you’re a huge fan of soft blush tones. It’s subtle shade has a delicate hint of sparkle and thankfully looks pretty darn close to what I expected it to be… shopping from a catalogue always makes me a tad wary if the product will actually look like its gorgeous printed pictures!

The polish applies well and dries surprisingly quickly – so you’re not waving or wafting your hands around in mid air for too long! However like most polishes it distinctively needs a second coat to really clarify the colour… unless you’re lightly glamming-up a pretty pastel pink base coat.

As for longevity, I got a good 4 days without noticing any chips with the Crystalized Pink shade. I must say I was mightily impressed with it compared with a few other nail enamels I’ve tried for double the price yet show signs of strain after the first day.

Great packaging, price & colour!

Avon Stardust Crystalized Pink!

Avon Stardust Crystalized Pink!

Cons:

Unfortunately the Polished Plum was an entirely different story from it’s colour counterpart. This shade looked almost unrecognisable on the nail compared to the picture in the Avon brochure, so much so that I had to dig out the brochure to confirm I’d actually ordered the correct one.

After a few coats it was still surprisingly dull. My eyes strained to pick up any sign of shimmer whatsoever and as a result the product looked and felt like I’d somehow coated a rough lumpy sand-textured base coat in a matte purple polish. However, wanting to give it a fair chance I kept it on for as long as I could visibly stick it… 48 hours later I was reaching for my nail polish remover & cotton pads. Unfortunately it had chipped rather noticeably and just looked utterly dismal compared to the Crystalized Pink polish I’d wore previously.

Oddly enough, as deep wintery tones are something I magnetise towards, Polished Plum was the colour I was chomping at the bit to try! I was really disheartened by the finish as it looks incredibly beautiful in the bottle and on the advertising – such a shame Avon! *sob*

Avon Stardust Polished Plum

Avon Stardust Polished Plum!

Re-purchase/Recommend?

The Polished Plum was unfortunately too much of a disappointment to recommend, however I’d be happy to suggest the Crystalized Pink to those who prefer a subtle textured effect sparkle than all-over finger tip bling. I must admit, I doubt I’d repurchase at a later date but it hasn’t put me off trying the other range of Avon polish goodies!

Verdict:

It’s undeniable they’re beautifully presented polishes that are affordable for almost all purse strings, unfortunately though the polish itself is a bit of a let-down in comparison to the catalogue advertising & photography – especially in the darker shades. Okay, I’ll admit to being a bit of a magpie when it comes to sparkly polishes, but I was expecting a bit more ‘oomf’ that unfortunately didn’t materialise once painted on the nail.

Overall score – 6/10

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Have you tried any of the Avon nail enamels recently?

Whatever your thoughts do feel free to leave your feedback in the comments below – as always thanks for reading!

Cheerio Chums…

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63 thoughts on “Tried & Tested: Avon Stardust Nail Polish

    • Hi Mel, without sounding bizarre I’m actually glad someone else has picked up on the colour difference too – especially seeing as it’s so well branded and photographed… maybe a little too well if it’s not the same shade on the nail 😦 Thanks for commenting huni & sorry to read you’ve had this same issue also! x

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    • Ohh really? That was good timing then Chantal 😀 Apparently their Gel Polishes arevery glossy on the nail and look beautiful though I’m yet to try. Just be wary of the darker Stardust shades as I find them considerably duller than in the picture unfortunately! Hope you enjoy your Avon goodies 🙂 X

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    • Hey Nazneen 🙂 Yep the pink shade is gorgeous – I would have thought Avon would’ve been well established in Australia, they may have a website?! Yes, I’ve seen the Sally H polishes and they look amazing – I think I’ll give them a go next! Thanks for commenting huni Xo

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  1. The pink crystal one is very beautiful! I have a shade of Avon nail polish that I got in a giveaway a while ago, its just a plain red color and I haven’t tried it yet. I’m think I will use it in February for Valentine’s Day lol. Nail polish never lasts long on my fingers. Thanks for the review! 🙂 xo

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    • Hey lovely – yes, the crystal one is very pretty Katie, and thankfully it’s good on the nail! Some of the Avon reds are incredible… hope you enjoy wearing your new polish, what a suitable night for it 😉 hehe Yep, I know the feeling… never stays put on me for long either lol Thanks for commenting chum!! Xo xo

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      • Hi there Karen! I do believe I have an Avon catalog too. I will have to look that polish up in it. I need to do something with my nails soon lol. I’m thinking I need to use my rose gold Jamberry Nail Wraps that I ordered a while ago lol. Now those stay put! 🙂 I am always sure to read and comment on your post! lol. I hope you have a great week Karen! Xoxo

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      • Yes, do have a look through it – I’m sure you’ll find them in there 🙂 Ooh I love the Jamberry Nail Wraps but we can’t get them here in Ireland – I’m sure there will be something similar so I must have a nosey around the stores!!
        Awwwh you’re such a sweetie – honestly you make my day when I see you’ve commented Katie, have a great week too and I promise to pop you an email over soon 🙂 *hugs* X

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      • I can look for now but can’t really buy anything. Trying to save money for a trip back home in the Spring and be on a budget isn’t easy! Lol. I know that Sally Hansen makes some pretty decent ones. Not sure if you have that brand there. Looking forward to hearing from you! *hugs* X 🙂

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      • Good for you Katie, what an incentive to save!! Step away from the brochures then missy before you get too tempted lol! Yes, we have Sally Hansen over here too and they look absolutely gorgeous… I’ve yet to try them but they’re on my wish list for sure 😀 XXX

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      • I was lucky that last time I went home in November my boyfriend just bought my ticket for me but since I want to go back again already in May before we move back lol I am going to just save the money myself. 🙂 I did a post a while back on the Jamberry Nail Wraps actually. A friend of mine is a consultant. Then I got an email from another blogger/consultant wanting me to blog about them but I had to tell her I already did a post lol. Though her and I are becoming good friends. That’s what I love about the WP Community! Meeting such great friends like you! ❤ 🙂 XXOO

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      • Awwwwwwh – this made me smile SOOOOO much chum ❤ XXX

        Ps: Keeping the faith you'll see your family in May – I'm sure you're counting down the days!! Will check out the Jamberry nail post 😉 x

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      • Awwww well I am glad I could make you smile 🙂 I am always so happy to see comments and to get to chat with you! ❤ I am hoping I can save to see my family too! I miss them so much! I hope you enjoy the Jamberry Nail Post! 🙂 xo

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      • Vey much likewise huni 🙂 I really hope you get to see them – sounds like you miss them so so much!! Just spotted the post & I remember it now… in fact we had a mini chat on it too lol! Thanks for reminding me, they realy are an amazing product – I hope they start selling them over here soon 😀 X

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      • Oh okay I couldn’t remember if you had gotten to read it or not lol. Have a great night! or day! Not sure what it is over there right now lol. 😀 Xo Talk to you soon!! ❤

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  2. I was all excited to read your review about the Plum shade. It’s a shame it was a disappointment. Still, at least the pink worked! It looks like a lovely color. I’m generally not a glitter polish kind of person. Half of my decision in buying beauty products is difficulty in removal. Glitter polishes have always been difficult and too hard on my already paper thin brittle nails. Good to know if I ever gift them, though!

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    • Honestly Dannie it breaks my heart having to be so brutally honest about it but it really just isn’t the product I was in any way expecting 😦 Yet it looks absolutely gorgeous in the bottle… why can’t it just stay like that on the nail?!?! *sob*
      Yes, glitter polishes are a bloomin NIGHTMARE to remove, I usually have to file them down first and then break out my ultra strong nail polish remover *sigh* Exhausting just thinking about it lol
      Thanks for commenting lovely 🙂 xo

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  3. That pink shade is so pretty! I have a major weakness for sparkly shades too…I think I have like 5 different golds. It’s a little ridiculous. But I’m sure you can sympathize 🙂

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  4. I’m a massive purple fan. What a massive shame the plum turned out to be a bit of a dud. Cheers for the heads up. But the pink is beaut though & I’m not in any way a wearer of pink, but this is very subtle, plus it’s packed full of glitter which hooked me in with right away. It looks so versatile, couldn’t see it clash with much. Must say my eyes widened when I seen the super cute bottle design too! Hehe . . Great honest review ! X

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    • I know I was royally gutted when I tried it the plum, it was my fav in the bottle too 😦 Yep, the pink is definitely the winner of the two and not too girly – very classy 😀 Isn’t the bottle fab?! Thanks for commenting huni Xo

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  5. I’ve never tried any Avon nail products and this is a great review Karen! I have something similar to the purple one from Julep, and I love adding it on top of black nails to change it up. Too bad the Avon version is a disappointment.

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