The latest addition to the Nails Inc. Special Effects line: Mirror Metallic. Mirror Metallic polishes have a shiny, reflective, chrome-like metallic finish with some wicked duochrome color shift. The Mirror Metallics line will be expanding with in the next few months (two new colors are listed but unavailable on Sephora's website*), but is currently available in two colors; Cheyne Walk, which is a purple duochrome metallic, and Stratford, a champagne pink duochrome metallic.
Nails Inc. Special Effects Mirror Metallic in Cheyne Walk. This is a purple metallic that shifts from darker, cooler, more blue-toned purple to warmer, sightly lighter red-toned purple, with orange, yellow and green flash at extreme angles. This is very similar to Deborah Lippmann's Mirrored Chrome polish in Private Dancer, just with a slightly frostier finish and more duochrome. I have a hunch that the upcoming China Glaze No Plain Jane polish from the New Bohemian collection will be similar as well.
Nails Inc. Special Effects Mirror Metallic in Stratford. Stratford is a shiny mix of pink, champagne, gold, green, yellow and orange with a reflective metallic finish. The duochrome effect of this one is very strong and it shifts quite dramatically with changes in angle and lighting. Again, similar to one of the Deborah Lippmann Mirrored Chrome colors: Sugar Daddy. The duochrome on this one is stronger and the finish is a little more frosty. May also be similar to the upcoming China Glaze shade Swanky Silk.
The formula on these was decent, but not perfect. They weren't too thick and dry, nor were they watery and runny, but they still had an odd texture. Airy, oily, almost foamy, even. The unusual texture made it tricky to get the polishes to apply in a flat, even layer on the nail. I needed to wait at least five minutes in between coats to avoid bubbling and ensure a flatter, more even result. I used three coats of each and I like them best at three. The dry time is average and they look good even without topcoat.
I like these. Yes, they are similar to the Deborah Lippmann Mirrored Chrome polishes, but with a few distinct differences. The most obvious difference being the price; $9.50 for the Nails Inc., $18 for the Lippmann. The other differences I can see are that the Nails Inc. have stronger duochrome, but they don't seem to dry as flat/smooth/chrome-like as the Lippmanns. The Nails Inc. Mirror Metallics seem to stay a little frosty and a kinda puffy after they've dried. Nails Inc.'s creme formula is nicer than their shimmer formula, but these colors are really very cool and a much more affordable alternative to the very pricey Lippmann chromes. I have not seen the China Glaze New Bohemian collection polishes in person yet, but I assume that there will be a few near-dupes in there as well.
The Nails Inc. Special Effects Mirror Metallics in Cheyne Walke and Stratford are $9.50 each, available now at Sephora. Swiss Cottage and Primrose Park are listed, but are temporarily out of stock.*
*EDIT: When I posted this, Primrose Park and Swiss Cottage were out of stock. I've just checked Sephora's site again and they now both appear to be IN STOCK!! Woohoo!
(Cheyne Walk was sent for review. Stratford was purchased from Sephora.)