Spring Feels With Mavala Nail Polish
Hey, lovelies. Mavala Nail Polish. What springs to mind when you think of this brand? I automatically think old Hollywood glamour. Why? Because I remember seeing these little bottles in my grandmother’s bathroom (along with Coty Airspun) and she was as glamorous as they come. The packaging is timeless and the varnishes are very much on trend.
Bringing some vibrancy for spring
I was lucky enough to be sent these polishes, but I will admit, I haven’t used the brand for a while. Why? Well as a previous nail tech in my former career, I fell in love with the likes of OPI and Orly and have just stuck with them and I had in all honestly forgotten about Mavala.
Thoughout the winter I am a die-hard dark polish fan, so was delighted to see some vibrant colours when these dropped through the door.
The colours I have to try are from their cream collection and are 7, Macao, a pinky red with an iridescent sheen. 161, Blue Mint, a beautiful iridescent baby blue, and 56 Riga, a matte delicate soft pink.
What makes these polishes different?
The main thing that sets these apart from other brands, is the size of the bottle. When you first buy these, you may be taken aback that they are only 5ml. A mini, but why? Manufactured in Sweden since 1958, the developers really were onto something different when they came up with this concept.
How often do you have a polish that you love, but before you get more than half a dozen polishes out of it, it has dried up and gone gloopy and is hard to apply? Yep, me too! To combat this Mavala manufacturer their polishes in smaller bottles to minimise solvent evaporation, keeping prices down, meaning you can buy three colours for the price of just one. The shade range is eclectic, so choosing just three may be a problem.
But what about the formula?
With any product formulation is key. Good packaging and marketing just don’t cut it. As I said, the company has formulated their polishes since 1958, so they must be onto something and to this day remain one of the leaders in nail care.
Instantly I was drawn to Macao. A girly yet grown up pink. The formulation and brush size are perfect. Self-levelling, these require little skill to apply. Two coats are enough to get a totally opaque finish. Even with the lighter colours, it is easy to achieve a truly polished finished. Usually, more powdery colours can appear streaky and I would say the lighter colours do need three coats, but again, self-level to a beautiful streak-free finish.
As we see all so frequently. The brand itself is cruelty-free and does not test on or use any animal products in their formulations. They do, however, sell into China, which we know, require all products to be tested on animals to enter their market.
Below is the brand’s official cruelty-free statement.
No, animal testing is forbidden in Europe on cosmetic products! MAVALA Laboratories are based in Switzerland, but strictly follow European Cosmetic Regulation, forbidding since 2004 to conduct experiments on animals, and since 2009 (or 2013 for the latest tests) to commercialize finished products containing ingredients tested on animals. The mention “not tested on animals” does not appear on our products, as it is a legal obligation. – Mavala.co.uk
On this basis, I cannot include them in my cruelty-free section. However, if you buy the product here in the UK, it will not be tested on animals.
If you fancy having a look, the brand is stocked in John Lewis with polishes starting at just £2.60. They can also be found on many online outlets.
I do hope you have enjoyed these little polishes.
Disclaimer, I have not been paid to write for any brands featured in this post, it does, however, feature press samples.