Asda Does Nails.. But Not Very Well


Perhaps my expectations were too high with this product, I mean it’s a budget supermarket ‘generic’ brand so it’s not going be that great, right? NO! Everything I buy should be great.. okay maybe not AS great as slightly more expensive versions but it should be good. Some believe you get what you pay for and too an extent that is true but I KNOW you can get better than this for less so in this case I’m just plain disappointed. When it comes to nails I love me some shine, anything dubbed gel is top of my ‘to try’ list so as soon as I spotted this I had to have it. It’s £3 which is reasonable but 5p more than the regular Barry M line so y’know.. if we’re comparing. The shade selection was good but it must have been popular because there was little left to choose from so I bought ‘Plum’ with the coming season in mind.


The colour (I’m sure you’ll agree) is very pretty and the parts that set smooth have a very glossy finish (far better than the Barry M Gelly’s) but this was an absolute b**tard to apply. So thick and gloopy which those of you fellow polish junkies will know doesn’t bode well for an even finish. Going off on a tangeant slightly, the best Gel top coats I’ve tried have ended up with air bubbles towards the end of their life and the reason for this (usually) is the consistency. When it’s no longer thin enough to coat the nail nicely without drying almost immediately on contact it created this kind of textured mess – with the exclusion of Seche Vite which I have always found to be perfect from first coat to last. This was a brand new bottle but even as I was applying it (messily – it wasn’t easy) I knew it wasn’t going to end well. Now when I posted a picture on instgram some causes were suggested, 1. Heat – okay, it’s humid at the moment but I was painting my toes with an Essie colour at the same time and had no issues. 2. Not enough drying time – I can accept that and because it’s so thick I would imagine regardless of time the bottom layer would never have totally dried but regardless of these factors – it’s just not very good.

At the same time I bought a coloured eyeliner from the George makeup line and that I actually do really like but there have been more disappointing products from this range for me than ones I’ve enjoyed so I’m in two minds as to whether I should try any more. Any recommendations welcome and if you’ve tried this and loved it let me know.. perhaps it was a bad bottle but it’s all I have to judge it on

Miss BB



  1. 1 August, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    Their tints are quite good , a bit thinner in consistency than benetint and so on but definitely hold their own for the price, I’m also coming around to the George. Ultra sheer liquid foundation; the colour match is really good although it’s more of a winter foundation than a summer one.

    I’ve found their nail varnishes tend to dry up quite quickly in the bottle in the past so I tend to steer myself away from them, and I tried their “high lite” highlighting stick which was awful and felt like I was pritt sticking my cheeks.

    I’ve found some of their stuff brilliant and some awful, it seems to be really hit and miss!

    S xo

  2. 1 August, 2013 / 4:16 pm

    It’s great that you give such honest feedback! The colour is very pretty so it’s a real shame, but if the formula isn’t there then it doesn’t matter what the product is labelled or what it costs..

  3. 1 August, 2013 / 4:43 pm

    Bumpy as anything! Great review, shame about this though x

  4. Heidi
    1 August, 2013 / 5:18 pm

    I have found lately that nail polishes which are normally fine have been bubbling. I think it’s because of this unusual heat we’ve been having. A few weeks ago, I went for a manicure and my mum had a pedicure at the same time. My polish ended up with bubbles, while my mum’s didn’t. So it might be worth trying it again once it’s cooled down because it’s such a gorgeous colour! Although if it’s thick and gloopy…

  5. 1 August, 2013 / 7:54 pm

    Oh no what an awful finish! Lovely honest review though. I shall be spending my money on the few remaining Barry M colours I don’t yet own instead then 🙂

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  6. 1 August, 2013 / 9:22 pm

    Aw what a shame!

    Thanks for the honest post.

  7. Joanna Sutton
    1 August, 2013 / 11:03 pm

    Hey, just thought I’d leave a suggestion to try. Perhaps adding a drop of nail varnish remover to the bottle to thin the consistency a little might work? That’s what I do with all my polishes that have gone gloopy with age so it might work on one that’s started out that way! 🙂

  8. Jodie
    2 August, 2013 / 2:40 am

    Have u tried the nail polish from Claire’s accessories? I really like it and its really cheap too.

  9. Lotte
    2 August, 2013 / 8:36 am

    Sometimes the trick with thick nail polishes is to put a few drops of nailpolish remover (the kind with acetone) into the polish, and give it a good shake… That thins it up a bit, and makes it worth using again.
    That being said I dont know if it works with a gel formula, but it definitely works with regular nail polishes.

  10. 2 August, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    Ugh, that’s terrible! I had a bad application with a polish from a brand that seems to be quite good so I think it was the insane heat for me.

  11. 2 August, 2013 / 3:25 pm

    That really didn’t apply nice. I’ve been using the colour Rose and I have to say I haven’t had the problems you did. The only real problem I had was that it seemed to take forever to dry!

  12. 2 August, 2013 / 3:41 pm

    I have a few polishes from Asda and they’ve all done the same for me. I think it’s just the formula cause I have like 150 polishes from so many different brands and none of them ever do what the Asda ones do, no matter what the weather is doing. xx

  13. danielle
    16 August, 2013 / 2:47 pm

    Thanks for the review. Sorry if im wasting your time (I dont know if someone has already suggesdated this) but the bubbling could to down to your nail beds being oily. Try applying rubbing alcohol to your nails before applying any type of nail polish on

  14. Nhu
    23 January, 2015 / 7:20 am

    Wish i’d seen your review before buying! It was on offer so thought i’d give it a go but the result was exactly as you’ve said. V disappointed with this product. I’ll stick to my usual Barry M & Rimmel nail varnish from now on (or read your reviews first!)

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