Review: Elle girl nail polishes

Elle Girl nail polishes – Olive Young

Let’s talk about nail polishes today!

I snapped up five or six of these at the time, unfortunately I only remembered to take photos of two of them (above) before I tossed them. As you can see, these are not genuine ’empties’ in the sense that I did not chuck them when they were empty. Why would that be?

These nail polishes were being sold at Olive Young until recently, though they seem to have been discontinued as of late. Unfortunately, I neglected to take photos of the colours I had. I originally bought a cobalt blue, a forest green, a pine green, a fuchsia and a light red polish (the latter two are pictured above).

Application and pigmentation

I understand why these would be called Elle Girl (presumably marketed to appeal to teenagers and young women in their early 20s), as the pigmentation can be a bit off. Some of them can be creamy and opaque, like the cobalt blue polish, but some of them were sheer and applied streakily, such as the fuchsia and the light red colour that you can see above.


Even with a base coat and a top coat, these only lasted for a maximum of two days before starting to chip. Not cool! I love painting my own nails at home and I am always careful about application.

I de-grease my nails with a bit of nail polish remover or washing them with soap, followed by a base coat, two coats of colour polish and a top coat. Each layer gets about five minutes to dry, not including the time it takes to apply, sometimes more.

So realistically speaking, I am looking at 30 minutes spent on the application alone, during which I cannot do anything but paint my nails and perhaps watch TV / YouTube / listen to a podcast, plus several hours thereafter where your polish is dried down but will still budge if you are not careful. This is why I usually do my nails in the evening. That is a serious time commitment for someone who works full time! If your manicure starts chipping after less than three days, that’s a serious bummer.

Final Thoughts

If you’re in Korea and looking for a great at home polish, do yourself a favour and check out the Cololab range at Olive Young. These puppies last a good 7 days+ if you remember to wear gloves when doing the dishes ๐Ÿ˜€

Otherwise, don’t bother with these. While the price is fine – I remember these being around KRW1,500-3,000 depending on whether they were on sale or not – the quality doesn’t justify the purchase. Just don’t.

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