One of my favorite nail brands, Nails Inc., has come up with yet another beauty innovation – spray on nail polish. This cutting edge brand has created Paint Can and promises that it is the fastest manicure around boasting a 20-second dry time. It’s awfully cute in a graffiti artist kind of way. It is called Nails Inc. Paint Can it comes in two colors, Shoreditch Lane (silver) and Hoxton Market (pink) and with such adorably British names, it’s important to note that this product is not yet available for sale in the US (March 2016) and it has sold out in the UK. At this point, only US beauty insiders (editors) have been able to test the product. Allure’s Jenna Rosenstein was lucky enough to get a hold of the product and her review includes an informative tutorial as well as tips on how to use the product.
Nails Inc. has already started a waitlist for the US launch date and without trying the product my feeling is; at $17 a pop, it’s expensive and wasteful. The online tutorials show more product on the hands and surrounding areas than on the nails and the 20-second drying time doesn’t include the drying time for the top and base coats. Neither color, in my opinion, is flattering to my skin tone, or even in colors that I would wear independently.Then there is the issue of the product being inhaled and washed down the sink. However, I can see its use and entertainment value for nail art. (I am already visualizing how this can be utilized). So unless I find myself with a product sample – and I won’t – I will just have to wait until March like everybody else to see if this is indeed an innovation or a waste of money.
As promised, here is the swatch of Incoco’s St. Patrick’s themed nail polish appliqué in Pot Of Gold. It is a mound of fine and chunky gold glitter with a few green specks sprinkled throughout. The green glitter also picks up shades of teal, light blue, pink, and silver, lavender, depending on how the light catches it.
These were not as easy to apply as Happy Go Lucky most likely because there is a lot more chunky glitter. Even after several top coats of Pink Armor, it still had a rugged edge the next day. This also chipped right away because I didn’t immediately apply the top coat after application. Hey, there were some serious BBQ ribs calling my name and I had to answer. I assumed that because Incoco’s are concentrated nail strips with a base and top coat they would be more durable. Regardless, they last longer than any manicure I have ever had with traditional polish.
This appliqué might work as a heavy-duty top coat because you can see through it. As a matter of fact, I just might do that. However, it is dense enough to stand alone. This is a glitzy glamorous manicure and I would wear this if I were going somewhere special, without a doubt. Again, if you want to try these appliqués, you can only get them from Walgreens. Next up, Green With Envy.
Walgreens is a dangerous place, especially if you are a product junkie. I stumbled across the Incoco St. Patrick’s Nail Polish Appliquésand I figured I would go ahead and try them since my Amazon wish list is full of it. They were $4.99 for 12 strips so I bought three designs with the intention of swatching one a day until St. Paddy’s day. That’s the plan.
The one I am wearing, Happy Go Lucky, is stunning and I received a lot of attention. It is a festive blend of multi-toned green stripes sitting pretty on a bed of golden glitter. I loved it so much I really didn’t want to take it off to try the other appliqués. The designs I chose were not overtly Saint Patrick’s themed and can be worn all year-long.
I have used Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips before and I like them, but I love the Incoco version. From an aesthetic perspective, Incoco’s designs are more appealing, more sophisticated and they seemed — fresher, if that makes sense to anyone. They are a perfect fit for my small fingers so I only had to trim away the excess product at the free edge. They adhered well, but not so well I couldn’t adjust the strip if misplaced.
The Sally Hansen manicures lasted longer, but that may have something to do with using a sticky base before applying the strips. The problem with applying a sticky base coat before applying the lacquer strips is that it is harder to correct if misplaced. The Incoco chipped on one nail by day two, but that was all the chipping until I removed several days later.
My Instagrampictures do the rich, golden hues of thes Walgreens exclusives more justice than the photos here so please visit me there where there are exclusive photos on my Instagram page, including a celebrity selfie, my first one. Also, please follow me and I will follow you back. Tune in for tomorrow’s Incoco St. Patrick’s manicure featuring Pot Of Gold.
I was working on a completely unrelated post when during a moment of procrastination, I came across the Victoria, Victoria Beckham x NAILS INC. polish line on Chalkboard Nails. The limited edition lacquer line was inspired by the Victoria, Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2015 RTW collection, and Sarah Waite created the nail art based on Designer Fabien Baron bottle design. There is a great deal of inspiration happening by way of Victoria Beckham. Listen, if my man looked like hers, I could inspire all of this greatness too.
I was so impressed by the packaging that I stopped what I was working on to do a quick post on what I would consider the nail polish collaboration of the year. I know it’s early, but I have a good feeling about this.
The bottle, much like the fashion collection, has a Japanese aesthetic. The polish is encased in Venetian glass with a frosted black or white matte finish and the polish color can only be seen from the side. From what I can tell, the Judo Red resembles a burnt orange, and the Bamboo White is along the lines of bone with a drop of peachy rose tint. It’s simple, sleek, and chic, making it a coveted collection item. The $25 price tag seems steep, but next to some other high-end nail polishes it’s probably worth it.
If you are the type of person who is provoked to buy based on packaging, you are in big trouble. I want to be seen using this polish.
Another Whoops! So sorry. Obviously I am working on a post but my fingers are faster than the computer. Stay tuned for a fantastic post on my favorite subject; Nail Art with my nail art failures as the subject. Until then, please enjoy a couple of tutorials, the first is about nail maintenance that will promote longer, lovelier nails, and the other is about how to master water marbling courtesy of my new favorite nail artist, ProfessionalDQ. The DQ is for Drama Queen and subscribing to her YouTube channel is a brilliant idea.
I am fascinated with Water Marbling, but not nearly as much as ProfessionalDQ’s is fascinated with unicorns and rainbows, she mentions and creates them often in her tutorials. Check her out, because she is entertaining, funny, self-deprecating, quirky, and talented. Personally, I think she should have looked into modeling; she is 6 ft. tall and gorgeous.
The Nailasaurus: Pastel Planets: Matte Nebula Nails!
I couldn’t stop staring at these nails. Another stunning nail art manicure by The Nailasaurus. The first picture is the matte version, and the second picture is before the matte effect. Interplanetary level fantastic!
I don’t know about you, but while all eyes were on the celebrities and their punk incarnations, I found the nail art manicures more interesting overall. I already mentioned some head-to-toe creations that I admired from the participants that took the task of dressing for the Costume Institutes exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture at the MET Ball seriously. Being the nail art fan that I am, I wasn’t disappointed in what I saw.
“This year, it was the nails that were out-of-control amazing.”
I was a fan of Azature Pogosian’s black diamond jewelry long before Kelly Osborne wore his super-expensive nail polish to the 2012 Emmy’s and then had to defend wearing the ultra expensive manicure to her haters, as if they wouldn’t wear it if they had the chance. That lone bottle of black diamond nail polish is $250,000 and on display at Selfridges still waiting on a buyer. I am so excited that he decided to take away a few zeros and bring black diamond luxury to the masses with the “Black Diamond Collection” of nail polishes.
Azature is a Los Angeles luxury jewelry designer that specializes in black diamonds and the handsome provacateur has boutiques scattered around the U.S., Paris, London,Riyadh, and Moscow. The Kelly Osbourne stunt was genius really, and a great way to transition further into the beauty and fashion niche really especially since Azature studied fashion at Parsons School of Design. What better way to introduce yourself to consumers who have never heard of you then making sure they hear of you?
I mentioned this collection last month, and I am going to get my hands on the blue, black, green, and red shades from the Black Diamond Collection. I have paid more (Chanel had this iridescent blue shade about 10 years ago that was around $30, and I bought two) for nail polish, so why not? At $25 a bottle I think it will make one hell of a manicure, and a great excuse to get out of housework. If you want a reason to be a diva, pick up a bottle or two at Selfridges, Harvey Nichols Saudi Arabia, Ron Robinson, Ron Herman Japan and Kitson.