Welcome back to week two of my Mani Month series! For the next three weeks I’ll be featuring different shades of Max Factor’s Gel Shine Lacquers, creating different ‘Modern Decade’ looks from their selection of colours. 

The Gel Shine Lacquers are brand new to Max Factor and there are 9 classic shades to chose from. They offer high-shine and intense colour that lasts up to 7 days (and they really do last!).

Pat McGrath, their Global Creative Design Director, has grouped the new Gel Shine Lacquers into ‘Modern Decades’ with each colour representing a different time in the history of beauty. So this week I’m focusing on the 70s! With the 70s came the middle parting, feathered hair and glowing skin. The 70s was also a time for the punk movement and blue nail polish was very popular amongst the ‘hipsters’. 

This shade “Glazed Cobalt” is right up my street. It’s bright, easy to apply with one coat and has a slight purple/turquoise undertone that I love. “Lacquered Violet” is also grouped in with the 70’s Blues and it’s a vibrant purple that looks really fun on the nails.

“This luxurious Glazed Cobalt shade perfectly brings to life the summery shades of blue seen across Givenchy and Valentino shows. With rich turquoise undertones, it’s a truly modern cool blue that’s so soft, minimalist and wearable today” - Pat McGrath

If you’re not so fond of the 70s fashion look, I think blue nails works really great with an all black outfit. It’s an easy way to smarten up a colour that otherwise might feel quite young. 

Are you brave enough for cobalt blue nails? If you want to get involved, feel free to recreate these nails and tweet me your photos using the #ManiMonday hashtag! 

*This post is sponsored by Max Factor

Discuss this post

  • sophiesmakeupblog

    Such a pretty colour! I love wearing blue nails (I have essie Aruba blue on now!) x


  • Michelle K

    I love that colour! I’m a big fan of blue on the nails and this is a gorgeous colour! xxx Thou Shalt Not Covet

  • Victoria

    that’s fancy ! I love these shades ! Shame we dont have Max Factor in France :(
    Love from France, Victoria

  • Jessicalaar

    OHHHH such pretty colours.

    Jess x

  • Cassandra Myee

    I am all for blue nail polishes, navy is one of my faves to wear on the nails!

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  • Camille
  • emily couture

    lovely colours :)

    emily xxx

  • Ashley Littlewood

    Oooh that’s such a pretty colour <3 I love blues!

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  • Zoe Archer

    I love Blue nail polish, and have Colour Club’s Glossy Seal (from last months Glossybox) on right now

  • Zazie Bibi

    Both shades are gorgeous! x

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  • nueyork

    I’ve been loving all the “gel effect” nail polishes brands have been putting out and seeing if they really stand true to their name. I hadn’t seen these yet, but the blue is such a stunning shade!

  • Georgina Fox

    Oooh I like the subtle accent nail. LOVE.

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    love the darker shade of those two
    xx Anita

  • alice bea

    always love these sort of shades!!

  • Kate Wilson
  • Rachel Polansky

    i like the look of the really deep dark blue that almost passes for black!

  • Daniella C

    awesome colors!

  • Emily

    I love the dark blue, I wouldn’t feel confident enough to wear cobalt blue on my nails though!

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  • Anjna Harish

    I looove blue as a nail colour – It just adds something special to nails :) I might go out and buy some of this line :)

  • Emmajane.

    Such a fab colour! X

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  • Sara Fleming

    Both such pretty shades!

  • Velveteen Rabbit

    Wow I love both shades..

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  • Victoria

    The colours look so pretty but usually I prefer more neutral colours!

  • SophiaCharles

    Gorgeous blue shades! Wish we have max factor here :(


  • Hannah Burrows

    Love the blue colour! It’ll go with everything :) xxx

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  • Hope Butler

    I love the colour, and I totally agree, they work really well with an all black outfit! H xx

  • Lauren J

    Glazed Cobalt is the exact shade that I’ve been looking for x


  • The Beauty Informer

    I love cobalt blue! Have to get my hands on this – the finish is gorgeous!

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  • Christine S

    Both shades look incredible, can’t wait to try them out for myself! x