I used to work with a woman who was an Avon representative. She brought the Avon catalog to the office and let a bunch of us look through it.
Just flipping through it was a like a flashback of grade school because my best friend’s mother was really into Avon. And since maybe grade 7, I hadn’t seen their catalog.
Of course they had the usual offerings of red, pink, and sheers. Avon strikes me as a very traditional company that doesn’t make too many waves. Then again, I haven’t kept up with them, so maybe they’ve changed. From what I saw in the book, however, it doesn’t look like it.
So I was really surprised when I caught sight of the only ‘funky’ colour in the bunch – a blue. I asked my co-worker if she could put in an order for me for Avon Lagoon.
After I bought it, I put it inside a box (where I used to keep polishes) and kind of just forgot about it. Then recently, I dug it out because I wanted to finally try an Avon nail polish to see how the formula was.
Avon Lagoon Pictures
Avon Lagoon Swatches
All swatches have:
Note: Unfortunately the sun didn’t come out the entire time I wore this, so I could only capture it in natural light and with flash.
X High-shine formula
- Name: Avon Nailwear Pro Lagoon
- Amount: 12 mL (0.4 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Approximately $3 CAD (I bought this a long time ago, so I can’t remember the exact price. Sorry! Retails for $6.99 CAD)
- Where to Buy: Avon.ca, Avon.com & through an Avon representative
Avon Lagoon Review
Although the photos with flash make it look really lively, the more accurate colour depiction is in my grainy natural-lighting ones.
I don’t have too many blues like this not because it’s a rare hue, but because I just don’t tend to fall for these kinds of blues.
Avon Lagoon is what I consider to be periwinkle. It’s a dull kind of blue with a touch of gray and there’s a bit of purple to it. It definitely looks more gray than my photos would suggest. Once again, sorry, but the sun didn’t come out. With flash and natural light, I wasn’t able to accurately capture the colour.
This is a nice hue, but I found it to be rather boring. When it comes to blues, I like mine to be really vibrant or with some green (shocker, right? :P).
Lagoon has a slightly pearl finish, which I’m not the most fond of because it tends to show brushstrokes. While the brushstrokes aren’t really obvious from far away, you can easily see them when you’re close enough. I really don’t like seeing brushstrokes on my nails even if they’re subtle.
And although Avon claims this has high shine, it actually dries to a satin finish – i.e. not shiny and not matte. It’s on the dull side.
Application & Formula
Again, I wasn’t impressed. The formula was really thin, very watery, and not that pigmented. I needed 3 coats to achieve full opacity.
Since it was so liquidy, I can see how this would lead to accidentally flooding your cuticles. I had to paint very carefully to avoid this.
Also, it bubbled on me! Not cool, Avon! Do I look like a cauldron? (Don’t answer if you’re gonna say yes…hehe!)
Avon Nailwear Pro nail polishes come in a box, but back when I bought this, I didn’t even start Swatch And Learn yet, so I wasn’t thinking like a beauty blogger…haha, and I threw away the packaging. Unfortunately, the box is the only place where the ingredients are listed.
I did see, however, that the US Avon site listed the ingredients. They are as follows:
Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Triphenyl Phosphate, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Camphor, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Ethyl Tosylamide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Silica, Benzophenone-1, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Diacetone Alcohol, Tosylamide/Epoxy Resin, Citric Acid, Acetone, Tin Oxide, Panthenol, Oleth-10 Phosphate, Polyurethane-11, Calcium Pantothenate, Dimethicone, Aluminum, and Diamond Powder.
May Contain: Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Mica/CI 77019, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide/CI 77510, Iron Oxides, Red 6 Lake/CI 15850, Ultramarines/CI 77007, Aluminum Powder/CI77000, Yellow 5 Lake/CI 19140, Bismuth Oxychloride/CI 77163, Red 7 Lake/CI 15850, Red 34 Lake/CI 15880, Violet 2/CI 60725, Ferric Ferrocyanide/CI 77510, Red 30 Lake/CI 73360, Blue 1 Lake/CI 42090, Red 40 Lake/CI 16035, Red 6/CI 15850, Chromium Oxide Greens/CI 77288, Carmine/CI 75470, Red 34/CI 15880, and Red 7/CI 15850
Final Verdict: 5/10
This is an okay colour. It certainly doesn’t wow me. This is the type of polish that would look better with stamping over it. By itself, it makes me want to head to La La Land…Zzzzz…
Have you ever tried Avon nail polishes before? Do you like this blue or does it bore you?