Review | Pupa Milano Lasting Color Gel 015 Tropical Escape

I'm sure everyone has heard of the revolutionary gel polish but not everyone has the time or money to go to the salon every so often.
Thanks to Pupa Milano, now you can have durable nail polish with a glass-like shine at a fraction of the price and without the need of a UV lamp, thanks to their Lasting Color Gel nail polish range! I was given the opportunity to try one of the colours myself and I was sent the shade 015 Tropical Escape, a deep claret red with pink undertones. It is a crème polish with no shimmer whatsoever.
Packaging wise, the bottle is the same for all Pupa Milano nail polishes, i.e. a transparent glass bottle that holds 5mL of nail varnish and a round bullet shaped cap with the Pupa logo. This time however, the cap has a mirror effect gunmetal colour.
Pupa Milano claim that the brush is made up of 440 round-end bristles for the perfect pick-up and release of colour. I like that the brush is actually maxi-flat type of applicator as it guarantees a perfect result in just one stroke (in my case because I have narrow nails. If you have a wider nail bed, the brush still guarantees a perfect result in the usual three strokes recommended to apply nail polish).
The formula is a dream to work with even though it is more on the 'jellier' side. Here it is important to mention that Pupa Milano Lasting Color Gel is free from Toluene, Formaldehyde, DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and Camphor. 
Right from the very first application, the pigmentation of this polish is amazing; however, it is recommended that you always apply two coats for maximum opacity over a Pupa base coat and finish off with the Pupa Gel Top Coat. I didn't have neither the base coat nor the top coat as the former is not marketed locally and the latter is currently sold-out so I used of the base coats and top coats in my stash instead.
Left ~ with flash, no topcoat...look at that glossy finish!
Right ~ no flash, with top coat
The polish dries fairly quickly to a glass-like finish which makes the nail bed look fuller and smoother. The scent is essentially the same as for other varnishes and is not very overpowering.
My manicure lasted for 6 days before I could see some tip-wear and I can say I am pretty pleased with the long-lastingness of the polish. The only thing I have to complain about is that the polish did stain my nails a little but then again, the majority of dark colours do.
The Pupa Milano Lasting Color Gel range comprises 47 beautiful glossy shades and is available for sale at leading pharmacies and outlets around Malta and Gozo at just €6 for 5mL.

Check out all the shades on the Pupa Milano website and stay up-to-date by liking the Pupa Milano in Malta Facebook page.
PR Sample

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