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Review: Rimmel Salon Pro with Lycra

Rimmel has released what it terms “the first of its kind to give a gel salon manicure finish”. But do its claims hold up to scrutiny?

Fri, Mar 29, 2013, 07:30


When it comes to exciting nail polish claims, we’ve heard ‘em all. Non-chip, instant drying, holographic, “crackle effect” (that trend was a bit short-lived, wasn’t it?), eggshell-effect, and now Rimmel’s Salon Pro with Lycra claims to give the same finish of a gel manicure such as Gelish, Geleration or Shellac.

So, does it work? I had mine applied by the lovely Kate at Tropical Popical, and I was super impressed. Salon Pro with Lycra comes with an extra-thick applicator brush, making it easier to apply (and it really was easy, going on opaque with two strokes, although Kate did two coats on my nails) – and it contains a base coat, top coat and gel colour all in one.

Three days after application, this is what my nails – which Kate had ombréed using two shades in the range, one of which, Stormy Skies, is just one of nine shades that bear Kate Moss’s signature, being developed in collaboration with Kate, who is a face of the beauty brand.

I’m not going to be able to see if the manicure lasts the claimed 10 days, because I like to change my colours up every few days, but I am really impressed with the application, colour and shine on the polish – and at €6.45, it’s not a heavy investment to make.

Rimmel Salon Pro with Lycra will be available from April 22nd.