The festive season is approaching, so you can’t only think about your makeup or your dress, but you should also think about your nails too. If you are used to wearing neutral/pastel tones, it is perfect time to change it and go for vibrant and shiny nail polishes, for instance metallic ones can be a good start. Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish offers some really colourful and bright nail polishes…

I hardly wear metallic nail polishes and stick to my plain ones. I think they look really pretty, but maybe it is because of I am not used to wearing them. However, for a change and to brighten up my days, I seem to be wearing them more frequently. Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish in Berry Fusion is a pretty and deep berry/purple shade with metallic shine.

My Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish Review

I am usually really lazy in terms on nails, so most of the time I skip applying base&top coat and complain about nail polish not lasting long, not being shiny or leaving stains. One coat of Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish kinda gives opaque to shiny finish, especially if you apply the first coat without a base coat then it will look really opaque. Therefore, if you want to have really shiny nail then you will need to apply a top coat. If you are not used to using a base coat, you might have a problem with this one. Dark shades, or let’s say berry fusion, stains the nails even after removing it a few hours later, so I’d suggest to not be lazy and apply a base coat so you won’t need to worry about your nails looking bad.

The first coat dries quickly (under 60 secs as claimed) and the wide brush makes the application really easy without causing strikes, however, for an even finish I’d suggest to wear at least 2 coats. If you’re in a rush and you don’t have time for it to dry then dip your nails in cold water, so your nail polish will dry quickly. Have you ever tried that?

Let’s talk about longevity… It is not really impressive. I used it for 2 days without chipping, but once it is chipped then it will peel off easily. It is really disappointing after Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish lasting more than 5 days. However, with a top coat you can make it last a day or two longer. You can check out more colours on the Maybelline website.

Have you used any from Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish? What is your favourite colour for this time of year?

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  • I use Maybelline nail polishes a lot and just at the moment I am wearing the dark red one from this range. I think they are great for how affordable they are, but they do chip really easily. Great review, I agree with you.

    • They have so many shades that I really like however, I wish it wasn’t chipping that easily.

  • Karina Guimarães Ribeiro

    It is not so good longevity but the color is so pretty!


  • Pretty colour! I always have to use a top coat or my nail polish would be chipped within hours!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • Luckily it doesn’t happen to me however after a day or two, my nails look really bad.

  • Just like you, I like quite a classic finish and colour when it comes to nail polishes, I find this one gorgeous but I’m not even sure I will dare to wear this one which is ridiculous of me because nail polishes should be fun! I couldn’t but boast the benefits of a top coat though in terms of longevity, shine…

    • From time to time it is good to try out different things, even though you’re not confident enough about it. That’s what I am trying most of the time. I should really start using base/top coats, especially when I’m wearing dark shades.

  • jodie.keith

    That’s a shame it only lasts a couple of days! I also find that the cold water trick doesn’t work for me!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

    • It works most of the time however, sometimes it depends on the consistency of the nail polish x

  • Great to know that this varnish dries so quickly; there’s nothing worse than having to wait for ages for the coat to dry!

    • It is one of the things I really hate so this one does a good job!

  • That is a very pretty and festive looking colour, it’s a shame that it chips quickly!! I always find my favourite varnishes chip awfully quick which leads me having to apply it much more often and running out quicker than I’d like!
    Katie xx

    • Best things don’t really last long. I really like the colour however it chipping so easily is really annoying, especially when I’m having a busy week. xx

  • Carina Vardie

    The colour seems perfect for Christmas and it’s great that it dries so fast.


  • Such a lovely festive shade! Shame about it chipping so fast but I find some of the high end ones do as well!

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    • Agree with you. Price doesn’t guarantee that it would be long lasting. x

  • Nice tip my dear, good review!!! Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,

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  • Winfred

    oh woow thanks for giving us a fair review of the nail polish, I’m still looking for something that won’t chip my nails and a nail polish that doesn’t easily come off after 2 days


    • It is really hard to find a nail polish we noch would last for long time x

  • The colour looks gorgeous I think I could put up with it not lasting long as it’s so pretty 🙂 Gemma xx

  • I haven’t tried these yet but this is such a pretty shade!
    And my favourite colour for this time of year is definitely red or dark green x

    Melanie | Lilies Beauty

    • Reds are my favourite too however, I haven’t used any greens 🙂 x

  • what a gorgeous wintery shade! x

    Hannah x

  • Kiki Rampone

    I’ve never tried any metallic polishes, but I think it would be a lot of fun for this Christmas season! Thanks for the idea 🙂

    xo Kiki

  • It such a great Christmassy colour! I’ve tried a few polishes from this range and i’m not a massive fan of the formula and the wear isn’t great on me either! My favourite colours this time of year are dark berry colours! xx

    • I’m not a fan of the formula either, however I really like this shade. Berry tones are my favourite too, they look gorgeous x

  • I really like the Maybelline Color Show nail polish range. This berry shade is perfect for the festive season.

  • I love that color! It’s perfect for the holidays:) I really love how you took the photo as well, it looks so nice! I’m glad you talked about how long it lasts because that is always a big determining factor for me. I hate painting my nails only for it to chip a couple days later! However, this is so pretty that I might just have to take the plunge:)

    Shannon Sage

    • When it is a pretty shade, I try to ignore the fact that it is not long lasting. This is such a festive shade and it would be perfect for parties too. Thank you so much 🙂

  • Such a beautiful colour for Christmas x

    Jana // Life of Jana

  • I’m like you, Ela, I rarely bother with a base coat but I know that I should!

  • Emily

    I love how in-depth your reviews are Ela, it’s always so refreshing to see! This is a really great shade, especially for the festive period!

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  • Corinne C

    Ahh, 2 days is pretty good I find though, I struggle to go one day without chipping!

    Corinne x

    • Uh that doesn’t sound good! I would go crazy if it only lasts for a day! x

  • pretty colour for the holidays

  • This is such a pretty colour for the holidays! I love anything pink. I always love ur well written reviews:-)

  • I’ve used a few of this line’s shades before and I agree with you on their longevity; not too impressive, though the colours are gorgeous! Lovely review, Ela!

    May | THE MAYDEN | Bloglovin’

    • Colours are gorgeous, totally agree with that. Thank you, May:)

  • I always messed up with newly applied nail polishes on my nails, by that I need something that is quick drying, and I bet I should give this one a try..I’ll see! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Ela!

    Jhem |

    • I am the same, I always mess up my nails straight after painting them, it is really annoying x

  • Good to know, I need to try this… I’ve recently switched over to red for the holidays as well 🙂


  • This looks like a gorgeous colour – perfect for the festive season 🙂 xx

    Brenda |

  • I am so lazy about nails! Maybelline color show off is a great range!

  • This is such a gorgeous colour! Would be a great colour for winter!
    Garland Girl

  • This is a great colour, but it would be even better if it stayed chip-free for longer! I love to wear reds and greys around this time of year. But this reminds me that I haven’t painted my nails in ages lol. – My Christmas Gift Guide – For Her

    • I haven’t worn grey for such a long time. Berry with a mix of grey would look good.

  • I haven’t used that one, but I like metallics/shimmer this time of year. And I swear by the base and top coat, I rarely go without one.

    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • I should add them to my nail polish routine, it is really hard to get rid of the stain on my nails.

  • I loooove metallics and shimmers for any time of year! My favorites for right now are definitely deep, rich burgundies (it’s a plus if they are shimmery!). I want to try some of those Maybelline color Show polishes but I’m trying to cut down on my nail polish collection – I definitely don’t need any more than I have!

    becky ♡ star violet

    • I am trying to get used to wearing shimmery ones, th actually looks really pretty. Whenever I want to buy a nail polish, I give my old ones to someone else so I have an excuse to buy new ones 🙂

  • I haven’t tried this one yet, but it sounds great! Thanks for the review.

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  • Tash Collier

    Very pretty color!


  • It would be perfect for parties and holiday season.

  • Such a lovely color but so sad that it didn’t last that long!
    Nati xx

    • Yeah I know, however, I really like the colour so I try to ignore it:)

  • I like the sound of the wide brush making application easy and the fact that it dries quite fast but shame it doesn’t last longer than 2 days though. I’ve never tried the cold water trick as I love the Sally Hansen Insta Dry topcoat but will keep it in mind of the future 🙂 x

    Beauty with charm

    • I don’t think I’ve tried any insta dry coats before so I will keep it in mind:) x

  • The color and brush sounds perfect, but it’s too bad it didn’t last longer! Such a pretty shade for the holidays.

    Wishes & Reality

    • It is really pretty shade, definitely perfect for this time of year.

  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this nail polish, Ela! I actually received this polish in grape a while ago and have yet to wear it for some reason, the color is really pretty. I think it’s because every time I’ve thought to wear it, I’d end up coming across another color in my collection I liked better, haha! I generally use both a base and top coat when painting my nails because I like the color to last long, so I don’t have to worry about touch ups in between. I’m curious to know how long it would last with both the base and top coat, I’ll let you know once I use it 🙂

    I hope you have a lovely week ahead, beauty!



    • Please let me know, I am sure it would last way longer and look better 🙂
      I hope you are having a great week so far 🙂 xx

  • I expected more from this brand! Too bad it didnt last long! love the shade


  • I don’t think I’ve tried any Maybelline nail polishes. I definitely wouldn’t consider trying them since they’re not very long lasting, but this shade looks beautiful. Essie polishes will always be my favorite 😉

    Thirteen Thoughts

    • I like Essie polishes too however some of them don’t seem to last long, I might be just me:)

  • JOK
  • Thanks for the tip! I will definitely try dipping my nails in cold water for quick dry.

    xx Yasmin

  • This is a really bold but beautiful nail color!

    Heba xx || The Heba

  • SamanthaSeries

    I have an essie colour very similar to that 🙂 I am usually lazy about top and bottom coat too, but the last two times I painted my nails, I did those steps and I really notice the manicure holds up better xx

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    • Next time I apply nail polish, I will definitely give it a try 🙂 xx

  • Such a gorgeous color for a holiday season!


  • That is a stunning shade! I have never tried Maybelline nail polish before but this will definitely be added into my list. I always use base and top coat so this nail polish might last better? And to quickly dry your manicure/pedicure, buy Essence Quick Dry Drops, it’s a freaking miracle product! I always use it but dang, I now remember that I never reviewed it. Trust me, it’s a game changer!

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    • I will definitely check it out. I hope it is available here, thanks for the recommendation:)

  • what a great colour! love how festive your blog is!

  • Shwetali
  • Lovely review 🙂 My fave nail colors this year has definitely been gray nudes or cobalt blue 🙂

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  • Ellie Adams

    This is such a gorgeous colour hun, so perfect for the festive season too. I love the formulation of these Maybelline polishes!


    • It is such a festive colour, I really like how it looks. xx

  • I normally don’t use metallic nail polish either, but this one looks really pretty, perfect for the festive season!
    I learnt dipping freshly painted nails in cold water from my mom and I used to do it all the time when I was younger. I find newer formulas to dry faster and I also use a quick-dry top coat, so I don’t really do that anymore.

    • Quick dry coat is something I should start using, I always mess up my nail polish straightaway.

  • I am exactly like you in the sense that I only ever wear pastels/nudes and I am trying to switch it up with more metallic colours to get in the holiday spirit! I’ve been sporting rose gold and silver tones recently but completely forgot about the classic reds… This colour looks so perfect, especially for this festive season! Haven’t tried Maybelline nail polishes but I will have to after reading your post! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Grace x

    • I like gold shimmery ones as a top coat, they look perfect with red nails:) also feels festive. x

  • I hate painting my nails, mainly because I`m so bad at it. I always use a base and top coat though, the main reason being that I don`t want to paint my nails for another week:)) This shade is so pretty, too bad it did not last.

    • I am so lazy that I skip these steps, it is always easier with 1-2 coats, however having to wait longer for my nails to dry is annoying 🙂

  • I haven’t tried any of these ones but I am rubbish with my nails. I go through a stage of always painting them and then leaving them alone for ages too. Also I am terrible at picking my nails when I have polish on…I love the colour of this one though!

    Pams Stuff and Things

    • I make a mess when I paint my nails, but then i like how they look with nail polish:) I wish I wasn’t so lazy then I’d look after my nails better 🙂

  • Erin Russell

    I dont own any maybelline polish will really need to check them out. I always forget the base & top coat too.. maybe I should start using them more (and stop moaning about my polish chipping lol)

  • It sounds great and what a gorgeous color.

  • I don’t think I’ve ever used a Maybelline nail polish. Love this shade though! I always dip my hands into cold water after polishing and it works wonders. Everybody always doubts this, but it really works so well!
    Great review babe, thanks 🙂
    Emma xx

  • Lenya

    I never can make them dry as quickly as they claim, lol, it always takes ages to dry on my nails, beats me why, tho. Gorgeous color.


    • When I use 2/3 coats of nail polish, it takes ages to dry. x

  • Thats a lovely color.. great for Christmas



  • This nail polish sounds terrible for your nails. I normally just skip Maybelline’s nail range any ways.

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  • I totally agree with you. I have one for myself but it chipped off so quickly. Is why I hate to use another layer for it to last longer.


  • It’s so hard to find a good nail polish! I do love the color a lot! 🙂
    Xo Leni

  • Maybelline is one of the few nail polish brands I haven’t tried yet, I must see to that! This shade looks lovely though and I love your photo 🙂

    Velvet Blush

    • Thank you 🙂

      • I ended up picking up one of the colour show polishes in Poundland yesterday, it’s a lovely deep brown/wine colour with gold sparkles!

  • Great review! That’s a bummer that it didn’t last that long on the nails. The color is gorgeous, though.

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Etsy

    • Colour is gorgeous, that’s why I don’t mind it chipping easily 🙂

  • Great color, this is perfect for the holiday season.

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Looks like a great product. Thanks for sharing!

    Adi xx

  • This is such a pretty color! Too bad it chips so easily. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Little Miss Fashion Queen

    Stunning color! Obsessed!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire

  • Dylana

    The color is really really nice!


  • that balancing though!

    lovely shade 🙂

    Georgia x|GeorgiaNicolaou Blog

  • Ooh that’s such a gorgeous shade! Gotta love a bargain xx ❤️

  • I love a berry or plum shade on my nails, especially around this festive season! I find that nail polishes don’t last terribly long on me either, but I think it’s because I use my hands and nails for everything! Oops!


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    • I am really clumsy so I end up messing up my nail polish straight away, no wonder they don’t last long 🙂 x

  • I had this lovely purple shade from them- their polishes really are awesome!!

  • Great review. I hate when nail polish just starts peeling off. Err. It feeds into my habit of peeling off/picking off my nail polish. It’s so sad because the shade is so great!

    Mallory // Perhaps Bananas

    • I do the same, especially when I am stressed at work. I love this shade!

  • isabel selles

    cool review!



  • pity that so little hard, I am also lazy to do your nails

  • This is such a lovely shade! I’m not sure I’ve tried any of the Maybelline Colour Polishes but I’ll have to try them out!

    The Beauty Harbour

  • It looks like a lovely glittery red, perfect for Christmas! Even if the wear time isn’t great it’s good it’s a quick application! I have a few of the Rimmel 60 second polishes 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • I change my nail colour all the time so it chipping easily is an excuse for me to use something else 🙂 That shade is gorgeous and definitely perfect for Christmas! x

  • yasmin sanchez

    It’s a beautiful color.. really pretty!!!


  • I’m a huge fan of this nail polish formula, I think it’s really inexpensive and it does its job nicely. I own Ice Queen and another pastel pink shade and they’re both amazing. This shade looks perfect for this season, a little bit shimmery and red. What else can you ask for?
    I hope you have a wonderful day xx


    • There are some other shades I want to try out. This shade is gorgeous and definitely perfect for this time of year! xx

  • trend-mixblog

    Thanks for the honest review! It looks like a pretty color. 🙂

  • Rasa Virviciute

    gorgeous color! xo

  • Lauren Letizio

    Love the way this color looks! I usually don’t paint my nails anymore because I get a gel color put on but sometimes I like to give my nails a break and use a polish at home. This color is perfect because it looks like it goes with everything from blacks to browns,etc!



    • I’ve never had gel colour before. I keep changing my nail colour all the time so it is not something I’s prefer 🙂 This colour can go with almost anything, it is really pretty! xx

  • I’m going shopping tomorrow, I think I might just have to pick this one up! It’s so perfect for this time of year ♥

  • the italian glam

    a fantastic shade of red


  • Such a gorgeous festive red! Love it x
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  • Sam

    This is so funny, I just painted my nails yesterday! I haven’t tried any Maybelline ones (even though I love the brand in general) but it looks like such a pretty color! I don’t have any base coat though, so I probably wouldn’t use it. Interesting review!

    Sam |

    • Base coat is a must especially when you wear a dark shade. I hate how my nails look if I don’t use one. This colour is so pretty, perfect for this time of year.

  • Serene Kurd

    Ohh absolutely love the red tone on this nail polish <3

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  • Aisha

    I’ve never tried this nail polishes 🙂 beautiful color ! xo

  • bri

    I love that nail polish!

    Hope you have a great wednesday! xo



  • Nadia

    Such a gorgeous shiny berry red, Ela! Love this review, hon.
    Your reviews are spot-on <3
    Hope you are having a great week, sweetie!
    xox Nadia

    • Thank you, hun 🙂 I hope you are having an amazing week! xx

  • I really enjoy the Maybelline Color Show nail polishes, this shade looks gorgeous!

    Nicole xx |

  • It’s a really stunning shade and I like how it has a multi-faceted, metallic finish 🙂 It’s such a shame it only lasts a few days though

    Rachel xx

    • At least berry shade is gorgeous, so I try to ignore it chipping easily:) xx

  • I love this instead of a regular solid colour! This metallic is just gorgeous and I really like it a lot 🙂

  • Happy holidays 🙂 xoxo BING.

  • Trang Do

    I love these Maybelline Color Show nail polishes! They look awesome!
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  • I love these nail polishes as they’re so affordable. I’ve been loving a glitter one recently and there’s an amazing purpley one I love too!

    Kirstie |

  • I’m so sorry about how it doesn’t last long! It’s such a beautiful color and that’s a shame. It’s a beautiful fall and winter shade though.


    • It is a really beautiful shade and totally perfect for this time of year.

  • I have nothing but good things to say about this nail polish. I bought a few bottles a couple months back and have only been using them. They dry up so fast!! Mine lasted 4 days before it started chipping, so i say that’s a great thing for a drugstore nail polish.

    • Lucky you that it lasts for 4 days, most of the nail polishes don’t last that long on me.

  • Laura Clark

    That’s such a beautiful color! It looks like it would be the perfect color to wear with a LBD!


  • I love this nail polish too 🙂

    – Lily Kanaya