Nails Inc in collaboration with Gossip Girl has released three nail polish sets consisting of a dark nail polish and an overglaze polish. The overglaze is basically a top coat which contains "hand cut iridescent particles to give nails a futuristic finish".
The duos are based on three characters in the show:
- Serena - patent black nail polish with It Girl electric blue overglaze
- Blair - teal black nail polish with Privileged blue/green overglaze
- Lily - plum black nail polish with High Society red/green overglaze
You can check out the rest of the shades from www.nailsinc.com
These have also been released on sephora.com with different names: The Old Vic collection (Serena), The Wyndham collection (Blair) and The Donmar Collection (Lily). Hope I didn't get mixed up. Anyway, I bought this from ASOS and it is rather expensive at £20 a set. Nails Inc polishes normally range from £11-13 per bottle, which seems slightly lower than Illamasqua at £13.50, but not if you do your makeup math, because Nails Inc bottles contain only 10ml versus Illamasqua which are 15ml. Also, sephora.com are selling Nails Inc for $9.50 per bottle for a normal polish (fancy stuff like magnetic polish are more expensive) and $20 per duo, which makes them so much cheaper.
OK back to my haul. I have heard of Gossip Girl, but believe it or not, I have never watched it. What attracted me to this polish set is the top coat polish because it looked just like flakies. I love flakies and would have considered buying all three, if not for the price. And so, I chose Lily.
This is my second time trying on a Nails Inc polish. The first was a glitter polish (I should do a post on that soon), so I couldn't get a feel of the quality of their creme polish if you know what I mean. It is after all pretty expensive and for that kinda price, I'd say it had better be good.
The verdict for my first time: amazing! The formula was rich, creamy and so smooth. Opaque in one coat, although I did 2 coats just to cover up some parts on the side of my nails that I missed. It looks very normal actually, it looks like a seen-too-many-times-before dark vampy colour. But it is nonetheless very gorgeous.
Next is the topcoat. I'm not sure why the description calls it red/green because I didn't see any red in it, it was more gold/green. This is one coat. The flakies were irregular shaped, some big, some small, suspended in a clear base. Putting on a second coat only made the layer on my nail thicker and didn't do much more than that. Or perhaps I was impatient and didn't let my first coat dry properly first. Whatever it is, I still prefer my Inglot flakies. They are much denser and their effect are much more obvious. Putting on more coats didn't make it look thicker, but merely made the flakies look more intense. You can see swatches of Inglot flakies here.
I would like to try more Nails Inc. polishes. They are expensive and hard to get over here, but I love how they name their polishes after streets names and landmarks in London and UK (like Big Ben, Victoria, Camden, Porchester Square). Very posh and very, erm, British!