I’ve got a selection of Mavala products on the blog today, all of them doing various things to keep our hard working hands and nails in tip-top condition! Mavala are a well established Swiss brand, specialising in nail products, though they do have other beauty items in their arsenal too. Lets run through just a few of their many products and I will share my thoughts….
Lightening Mask and Scrub – £11.25
Well, I was very excited to try this one, I can tell you – I have never seen a nail scrub/mask before and I thought….mmm, interesting! This is meant to eliminate impurities from the surface of the skin, whilst preserving flexibility and softening cuticles. You apply a little to each nail and then massage it in for 20 seconds or so. Then you use the nail brush over your nails and rinse. Despite being very excited about this, ive used it twice and it was a flop for me. My nails are pretty much exactly the same after using this, which is a darn shame.
Nail Polish Thinner – £5.90
This is a gem of a product and it works really well! Its, as the name suggests a product that you can use to thin down old nail polish that has gone a little thick and gloopy. Only a couple of drops do the trick and so one bottle of this is great value for money. I have tried this on a couple of old polishes I have and its worked a treat. I think this is one of the best nail products I have ever used!! Hurrah!
Cuticle Oil – £11.25
As cuticle oils go, this is a fairly nice one. It is meant to be used daily, but I think thats pretty ambitious! I tend to use it every couple of days (when I remember) and its a decent oil. Its not too thick and heavy and just a small drop on each nail is more than enough. I wouldn’t say that this is the best cuticle oil I have used but it is certainly good quality and the price isnt bad for a 10ml bottle. Its absorbs into the skin really nicely as its quite light and does soften and condition cuticles. I also like that it has a brush which means application is less messy than other cuticle oils. Thumbs up!
Optical Nail Whitener – £9.90
This is something I have never used from a different brand, so in a sense I have nothing to compare it to. This product can be used in a couple of ways – you can apply it as a base coat and then your normal polish, or you can apply it to bare nails to give the illusion of whiter nails, if they are stained from polish or smoking for example. I do have nails that are stained from not wearing a base coat (naughty, I know!) and just whacking on brightly coloured nail polish and I thought this might be great for me. When I tested this on my bare nails, applying one coat, the product did improve the appearance of my nails but not that significantly. When I applied two coats I found that I didnt like the colour it left my nails – it was a slightly opaque off white colour, which to me just looks like strange nail polish. I like the concept of this and I think its OK, I guess I just had more optimistic expectations of what it could do for me.
Extreme Care Hand Cream – £12.85
Holy moly is this an incredible hand cream. It’s no secret that I’m very picky when it comes to hand cream. I want it to deliver fantastic moisture and leave my hands super soft but I can’t be dealing with creams that leave my hands sticky or dint absorb quickly. This hand cream ticks all the boxes and is extremely effective without any of the greasiness you would normally associate with a hand cream that very moisturising.
It’s one of the BEST hand cream I’ve ever used….and thats a FACT!
You can buy Mavala products from a number of retailers including John Lewis and FeelUnique.
Are you a fan of Mavala products? Do you have any recommendations for me? Drop me a line and let me know.
P.S – this post contains PR samples, however my reviews are always honest and my thoughts are my own You can trust me on that, but you cant trust me not to steal your blusher if I like it!