(I got this with my February Birchbox)
I don't think I've worn black nail varnish since my emo days in college and when I saw this in my Birchbox last month I was very wary of such a dark colour but I may have underestimated how classic a black nail can look!
I usually find that with nail varnish the darker the colour the harder the application and it can go on quite streaky but this has pleasantly suprised me, the formula is thick and applies glossy and opaque in a couple of coats. I 'm in a habit of wearing a topcoat because I think the glossier the better and also anything to keep those pesky chips away for a couple more days but if you need to skip a step then this is definitely glossy enough without one which I haven't found in a nail varnish in a long time. Another thing that I was really impressed with was the staying power, it just seemed to last and last with no chipping at all! When my nails start chipping then it's time for a new colour but this one just kept on going and in the end I got bored of waiting for it to chip so I could wear something different - this wasn't even difficult to remove like I thought it would be either, no stained fingers or left over bits! I know that this is a bit on the pricey side of nail varnishes and I would never have thought of buying one myself until I got this in my Birchbox but if Leighton Denny can make me fall in love with a black nail varnish then I am definitely up for trying a few more shades!