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Doing Drugstore: Maybelline Salon Expert Nail Color

Maybelline recently came out with a new nail polish, Salon Expert. I've used Maybelline polish in the past and wasn't bowled over by it, but I decided to give this stuff a try because the colors looked so rich. And for $4.99, it seemed like an inexpensive gamble.

There are 25 shades in this collection, and I chose Bitten Plum, a deep plum color (with high streak potential). After applying a clear base coat, I went to work with Salon Expert. Maybelline touts its rounded brush, which is supposed to work more smoothly with the nail bed. It's rounder and fatter than the average brush, so it required a bit of practice before I got the hang of it. It holds more polish than most brushes, which is smart; I find that usually, I don't put enough polish on the brush, which leads to streaks.

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I admit that I was worried that Salon Expert would streak, but to my surprise, it went on smoothly and evenly. I could have stopped with just one coat, but I went ahead and did two. After the polish dried, there was a palpable thickness to the polish, just like what you'd get from a high-quality manicure. I'm very happy with this drugstore bargain, and although mastering the brush requires a little work, it's worth it. Salon Expert isn't available online, but your local Walgreens or Target should have it. Happy painting!

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missmaclean missmaclean 8 years
Ohh this looks good! Love the sound of the brush, does it make it quicker to apply once you know how? Because im constantly repainting my nails. Just have to try and find it over here in Malaysia.
missmaclean missmaclean 8 years
Ohh this looks good! Love the sound of the brush, does it make it quicker to apply once you know how? Because im constantly repainting my nails. Just have to try and find it over here in Malaysia.
SugarCat SugarCat 8 years
Sounds good!
SugarCat SugarCat 8 years
Sounds good!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 8 years
Hmmm I love my OPI nail polish, but this looks like it's worth a shot. I always liked Maybelline too. Thanks for the review, Bella!
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 8 years
haha bella i am the same way
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 8 years
haha bella i am the same way
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Sweet! Thanks so much!I'm going to try and buy some of these stuff tonight!!!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Sweet! Thanks so much! I'm going to try and buy some of these stuff tonight!!!
FB1977 FB1977 8 years
ooo I can't wait to try either. I just can't bring myself to spend the $8 on a bottle of OPI, even though I know it would be so worth it.
mrsgrillo mrsgrillo 8 years
Oh, I can not waitto go buy this stuff!!
carolbob carolbob 8 years
Good, finally decent stuff that you don't have to make a special trip to a beauty supply store to buy. Thanks for the review!
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 8 years
thanks for the great drugstore tip! I love the consistency and color of OPI, but $8 a bottle is just too much.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
I bought this a while back and it lasts longer than my OPI or Essie. I went 3 days before getting a small chip which is unheard of for me! I bought the Bitten Plum, Cinnamon Sugar and Copper Concert and they're all cool looking colors. I love the way they go on and none of them streaked for me, even the dark plum. I'll be going back for more colors soon! :)
ali582 ali582 8 years
cool i love Maybelline i might try it ...:}
lucyS lucyS 8 years
LOL bella! I think most of us are in the same boat when it comes to applying our own nailpolish. I'm running out tonight to see if I can get a bottle of the bitten plum.
lucyS lucyS 8 years
LOL bella! I think most of us are in the same boat when it comes to applying our own nailpolish.I'm running out tonight to see if I can get a bottle of the bitten plum.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Yay! Let me know what you think of it. Now if I could just stop shaking my hand when I paint my right hand... I swear, it looks like a professional paints my left hand and a four-year-old tackles my right!
Francesca-Fiore Francesca-Fiore 8 years
Awesome, thanks Bella- I just saw this at the store and was debating on getting it. I will give it a try next time I am there!
tati33 tati33 8 years
Maybelline is always a good drug store brand!
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