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!