Back in July, when I posted a picture of Chesham Street, I had only one Nails Inc. polish. That was truly a shame that has now been remedied. After a very generous gift from a friend (Hi Kaz! Thank you!) and a couple sent to me to review, I've gotten a taste of some current Nails Inc. shades and now I know what I've been missing out on all this time! Here are the ones I've tried:
Bubble Trouble. A warm neon pink creme. This is not a current shade, but it's too pretty not to post! From pictures I've seen, this one seems like it might be similar to Shoreditch.
Duke Street. This is a light blue-grey creme, very rainy looking. Melancholy. Love it.
Special Effects glitter in Fitzroy Square. This is a combination of large blue, small blue and small green glitter. It's thin enough for layering, but great by itself as well. It does dry a bit dull and tends to eat topcoat, so I needed and extra coat of topcoat when I wore this. Here it is layered with a few shades:
One coat of Fitzroy Square over Floral Street.
One coat of Fitzroy Square over St. John's Wood.
One coat of Fitzroy Square over Warwick Way.
Foubert's Place. A dirty olive. It's a mixture of grey, brown and olive green. Creme finish. This color is very 'me'.
Haymarket. This looks like more of a turquoise here, but it's actually more of a mint in real life. A touch less blue, more yellow to it. This one looked so retro, it was begging for me to turn it into a polka dot mani:
Except my dots didn't turn out too great. I tried to use one of those squeezy nail pens again and it made my dots too 3D! And then I didn't wait long enough when I applied my topcoat and it smeared. I'm going to try this mani again using Floral Street and a dotting tool, I know it will turn out much better.
Porchester Square. In the bottle this one looked like more of a pale pink with a hint of grey, but on my nails it was a much prettier grey with only a bare hint of pink. Weird how it changes once it dries! But I really like this one a lot more than I thought I would based on bottle color. It's soft and feminine but still edgy, the best of both worlds.
St. John's Wood. A great lilac-purple creme. It's not as dark or as blue as it looks here, more along the lines of Illamasqua Jo'Mina, just not as bright/neon-ish.
Summer Glow. Another one that's not currently available but too beautiful not to post. This is the color of cantaloupe! I love it! I hear it's similar to Porchester Place, which is still available.
Victoria. Incredible blood red jelly. Another one that looks way better on the nails than it does in the bottle. This is vampy perfection. It's a true jelly and has a lot of depth. So dark and dramatic looking, and here I thought it was going to be another boring red!
Warwick Way. Nearly-neon teal. More green than blue, despite how it looks here. You know how hard these bright teals are to capture. It's amazing in real life, you just have to check this one out in person if you can. It's fantastic.
The formula on these was amazing. Smooth, creamy, opaque and didn't give me a hint of trouble. I did two coats of everything except Floral Street and Fitzroy Square which needed three. They applied so easily and smoothly and the brushes gave good coverage and an even curve at the cuticle. Drying time was good.
So, now that I've tried more than one of these, I'm hooked. I can see why people collect these! They're so nice. Good quality brushes, perfect creamy formula, interesting color selection. I have only tried one older shimmer, so I don't know how the shimmer formula is, but the cremes are excellent. And now that they're available at Sephora, they're so much easier to get my hands on! No more ordering from overseas!
The only downside I'm finding with these are the names. I like the names- I like them a lot! They're named after London and UK places and landmarks. But some of them are so similar that it gets confusing and I sometimes mix up the colors. For example, Warwick Way and Warwick Avenue, Porchester Square and Porchester Place, Chesham Street and Chesham Place.
I can't believe I've been missing out this whole time. I really like all the new ones I've tried. Much nicer than my first experience with Chesham Street. Can't wait to see what colors they do next.
These are now available at Sephora for $9.50 a bottle. Aside from what I've swatched here, they also have crackle topcoats, nail treatments, Special Effects glitters, Holographic topcoat, jewel-encrusted bottles and special color sets. Definitely worth a look!
(Some of these were samples provided for review.)