Maybelline Forever Strong Hot Salsa


A nail varnish that has quickly weaselled its way to the top of my favs in no time. Can we just stop and stare at this stunning shade? A bright coral red that stumbles my mind, hello beauty! A brighter nail offering that fits summer perfectly. I do admit that although summer more seemed like autumn in disguise I’ve still been lacquering this happily on — such an mood-uplifting shade.


I have been a Essie fanatic at heart as long as I can remember but oh boy, this formula knocks it out of the park. It’s opaque in one coat but I do two for the sake of gool ol’ habits. The wide brush makes painting your nails child’s play — unless you’ve teeny tiny nails it might toughen things up. It gets the job done surprisingly fast seeing that it dries within a heartbeat. Undoubtedly the fastest drying nail varnish I’ve encountered so far. The nail varnish stays put for at least 7 days with not one chip in sight. Unfortunately the colour selection is everything but great, Hot Salsa was the only shade I got the hots for. Maybelline, please bring out more pretty shades puh-leasee!



I’m usually not one that has her nails matched to her toes but the love is so big that I just had to.

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  • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

    Hi Michelle! I have absolutely NO patience when it comes to painting my nails. I ALWAYS end up ruining my just lacquered nails. It’s a real comfort to paint these on for a small price tag! ;) The colour is gorgeous too, can’t get enough of it! X

  • Kiss & Make-up

    That is suuuuuch a pretty color <3

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      I’m OBSESSED. Everything is awesome about it. I’m in love! <3

      • Kiss & Make-up

        I have a nail polish like that too :-) Rimmel’s Instyle Coral. Had for a while now but I just can’t get enough of it! It’s pure perfection.

  • TheProcrastinator

    This is a lovely colour on you! The formula sounds like the COVERGIRL one — drugstore nail polish is getting so good!

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      I have never tried Covergirl nail polishes. Are they also fast-drying and chip-free? :D X

      • TheProcrastinator

        Yes! I usually get about 4-5 days on them before tipwear starts in.

        • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

          Lovely! I’m actually not too sure if we have Covergirl here in Belgium now I think of it. I think that it’s Cover Fx we have. Guess I got a bit too excited there, oops!

  • Jasmine

    Pretty hot shade. Your nails look great with this and love your photos!

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Thanks Jasmine! X

  • Jaa

    I need some chips to go with this salsa! No, seriously, give me some. :D

    Opaque in one coat huh? Looks like it! I can’t say I’ve tried Maybelline nail polishes but I’ll keep this color in mind! So HOT. Hehe!

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Unfortunately there’s no other shade that caught my eye but this one is a real gem. I have been wearing it non stop, I’m obsessed! I have been wearing it ten days straight during holidays with no chipping just a bit of wear down around the edges. It’s amazing! *heart-eyed emojis*

  • Kate

    I love it! Gorgeous shade. x
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    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Thanks Kate! Glad you love it. X

  • Laarni

    Very gorgeous color!

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      It’s really one worth having! I’m in love. X