If you're a klutz when it comes to painting your nails, you'll really like Sally Hansen Color Quick nail pen ($4.79). The name is self-explanatory, so I won't bore you with blather. Essentially, it's nail polish in a click pen.
It's available in eight colors, including black and blue; I chose red, which is a classic red with a slight sheen. Application was a breeze; you just click the polish into the pen, then swipe it on your nails. If you're clumsy like me, you'll be surprised by how much easier it is to control the pen than traditional nail polish brushes. The formula goes on easily, requires two coats for full coverage, and dries in just a few minutes. It took only about 10 minutes to give myself a manicure, including drying time.
The only drawbacks? The polish began to chip after a day, so you'll still need a top coat to make the color last. And on that note, the color isn't very shiny. On a scale from one to 10, with one being matte and 10 being shiny, I'd give this formula a four. Next time, I'm planning to buy the clear polish; I have a feeling I'll use it more frequently, especially for times when I don't have time to patiently apply such a dark color. Still, if you can pick this up for $5 or less, I'd give it a whirl. It's pretty much klutz-proof.