Wet ?N Wild MegaLast Nail Lacquer Swatches, Spring 2010

At over $20 a pop, department store nail lacquers are pricey enough to obliterate our weekly grocery budget. Essie and OPI? Buh-bye vodka martinis, hello free glass of water. So in the mission to achieve the perfect budget-friendly manicure, we?ve discovered Wet n? Wild MegaLast Nail Color.

We know what you?re thinking?Wet n? Wild? As in, prime makeup product applied circa 1997 while obsessing over Dawson Leery and Joey Potter?s love affair? Yes, that?s the one, but it?s not for junior high school kids anymore. At $1.99 a bottle, MegaLast Nail Colors are recession friendly and cheap enough that you can load up on a variety of colors. But do they look as high quality as the top brands?

We?ve found that while one coat is far too sheer, two coats of any of the colors provides a professional-looking manicure. While claiming they last 5 days may be pushing it, we?ve had the same success with Wet n? Wild?s MegaLast as much higher priced products, so we?re satisfied. Check out the color swatches below!

Under Your Spell: With the deep color of black cherries, we were instantly drawn to this shimmering burgundy and purple fusion for a night on the town

Through The Grapevine: A rich, muted berry-purple shade that that?s fun and flirty

Undercover: A muted pink that?s an ideal shade for serious work environments

Tropicalia: A neon-pink coral with a hint of orange that?s straight out of a 1980?s music video

Caught Red-Handed: The traditional va-va-voom cherry red

2% Milk: Appropriately titled, this peachy cream is straight from the dairy

Haze of Love: A deep, rich burgundy-purple that?s lighter and more muted than Under Your Spell

Candy-Licious: Bright bubble gum pink fit for a princess

Break The Ice: A sheer white shade for ice princesses who love sparkle and shimmer

Club Havana: Perfect for salsa-dancing the night away, this tomato-red color is absolutely en fuego

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