I've bought so many polishes recently so they've stayed sat in a drawer for the last few months, only being used once.
Well, today I open them to find that 3 out of the 5 have totally unusable brushes! I've taken a photo as you can see...
They're actually worse than they look when you start using them.
I'm mad because this just shouldn't happen. The quality should be good enough for the polishes to last in an acceptable condition for years, not months. The bristles must have reacted badly to the polish and have curled, making it very difficult to paint on the polish. I'll have to use a nail art brush to apply those 3 from now on, and won't be surprised when the other 2 go weird :(
This seals the deal for me on Models Own now. The very first time I ever used them I thought 'hmm...they smell like the polish I used to use as a kid' i.e. not that great and probably containing some of the chemicals that other brands take out nowadays. I can't confirm this, just a hunch from the smell.
The quality of the polish itself is okay, but the fact that I've had one bottle smash as I unscrewed the cap, another's brush became unstuck on the first use, and now this, I won't be buying any more.
Besides, I can buy a bottle of China Glaze for less than a fiver from a US seller on UK ebay. Sure I have to wait a week or two for delivery but the quality of the polish and the brushes/bottles is FAR superior. In my opinion anyways.