Monday, 30 November 2015

Nails Inc November - Arlington Street

Purple shimmer  

For the last day of a somewhat sporadic Nails Inc November I've chosen something with a hint of glitter.

Arlington Street is a gorgeous purple shimmer with lots of blue and pink micro-glitter.  In the bottle there's a hint of duo-chrome but as you can see nothing that shows in my pics!

Application was ok, swatches are 3 coats and I do still have a couple of baldish patches.

Again I think this might've been a QVC exclusive but from a bottle comparison it looks to be very similar, if not a dupe of, Franklin's Row.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Nails Inc November - Berkeley Mews

Navy Shimmer  

Berkeley Mews is a blackened slightly blurple navy shimmer that's wonderfully opaque.

Swatches shown are two coats you could probably get away with one if you were careful.  

Pretty sure this was a QVC special which they described as Navy Metallic but I think that's pushing it a bit!

Not a current colour but it pops up on ebay pretty often.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Nails Inc November - Pool

Bright blue creme  

Another old swatch of an even older polish...

Obviously from a short lived time when I was adding the polish name to the photo - safe to say I don't have the time to do that anymore!

Pool is a long discontinued shade, from at least 2009 and I think may have been exclusive to ASOS. It certainly doesn't fit the Nails Inc London naming convention.

It's a wonderful bright, mid-blue creme.  Swatches are 2 coats, no top coat and I think you can see from my fingers that this might be a stainer!

Nails Inc hasn't done a lot of this kind of shade, from a quick rootle in the blue/grey/glitter drawer it looks to be somewhat similar to All Saints Road although I think that's more muted and maybe more of a dupe for another vintage Nails Inc,  Royal Court.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Nails Inc November - Brighton

Hot pink shimmer

Brighton is a slightly muted hot pink shimmer.  This is from the Colour & Care range which has vitamins A&E added - in case you needed that!

This one is definitely on the sheer side, swatches are 3 coats and I still have some VNL.

I think this shade is from 2009.

I have a few similar Nails Inc shades in my (extensive) collection so I did a quick comparison swatch.

Comparison l-r Brighton, Sloane Street, Montrose Place, Brighton

Sloane Street is a cooler pink, with a stronger shimmer and Montrose Place is also a cooler, deeper pink with a stronger, sparklier shimmer and only took 2 coats.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Nails Inc November - Lowndes Square

Dusky purple creme  

Some stubby swatches from a while ago.

This is Lowndes Square, a dusky purple/lilac creme with a hint of brown/mink that totally doesn't show in my swatches!

Lowndes Square is from the Autumn/Winter Collection 2010, so pretty near vintage!

Swatches shown are 2 coats, no top coat.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Nails Inc November - Eaton Mews

Raspberry pink jelly with fine sparkles  

Eaton Mews is a jelly leaning raspberry with lots of fine shimmer - the shimmer is gold and pink.

Swatches are 2 coats with no top coat and it is fairly sheer/jelly so there's some VNL.  But it's also lovely and shiny.

Probably not super unique but very pretty.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Nails Inc November - The Royal Mews

Taupe shimmer/frost

A rather belated start to Nails Inc November....

The Royal Mews is a vintage Nails Inc and I think is one of the shade names that they later reused for a completely different polish (ggrrgghh)

The Royal Mews is a cool toned taupe shimmer verging on a frost - check out those brushstrokes!

Swatches shown are 2 coats, no top coat.

I do love the colour, if not the finish.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Nubar - Reef Green

Bright green shimmer

Reef Green is a bright apple green pearl.

Application was good, although you have to take care with brushstrokes.  Swatches shown are 3 coats and there's still a little VNL in full sunlight.

This is certainly an unusual colour and not exactly one that suits my skintone but hey, it's fun!

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Flormar - Pale Eucalypt

Grey creme

Sorry readers, October was a bit of a washout.  I was away on holiday for a week and managed to catch a horrible lurgy which lingered and lingered and I just haven't had the energy to do anything. Finally feeling myself again so back into blogging!

Here's another Flormar from Turkey, this time the intriguingly named Pale Eucalypt.


Pale Eucalypt is a mid grey 'jelly look' creme which seems more blue toned than the green you'd expect from the name.

This is a 'Jelly Look' polish which made me think it'd turn out crelly but actually I think 'jelly look' is more like 'Gel Look' in that it's super shiny.

Application on this was great, even with that pesky looking flat wide brush!  Swatches are 2 coats, no top coat.