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This is a review of Nails Inc Professional Nail File which I received in a set for Christmas a couple of years ago. I still use it regularly and thought it was worth reviewing to share my opinion on the file.
The file is larger than an average nail file and is slightly wider too. It is attractively decorated in a grey flock pattern and the Nails Inc logo. As with a traditional nail file, one side is a hard grit that will see your nails length disappear in seconds and the other side is a fine grit that will be a lot slower, and better to do the sides with and just tidy up any little uneven bits.
I received this file in a kit with other Nails Inc products like hand cream and nail varnish. My first thoughts were that it looked quite large and maybe not one you would keep on you for 'on the go' but what I have found is that if you are doing a long job, perhaps preparing all 10 nails in one go it is really handy and the large size enables a good grip.
I tend to use the coarse side to reduce length and I have to do a bit at a time as you can get carried away with it and find your nails all gone. I use the fine side more though for evening out the ends, shaping the sides for a squ-oval look and also for filing the sides as it gives a neater overall look.
Wear and tear
I have had the file for a year and a half now and although I don't use it every day, it has had a fair bit of use. It is not renewable like glass files and the fine side will eventually reach a fatigue point but at the moment it is really working well and I am pleased with its longevity.
Price and availability
The file on its own comes boxed and is available from Amazon at £6 with free packaging. Obviously it was better value for me as part of a gift box and it didn't come individually boxed but in a plastic tray. It also came with a mini version which is very cute and easy to use on the go and keep in your handbag. I think the Nails Inc gift sets are excellent value for money if you think you will use all the items in the set although I have been known to ebay the bits I don't want or need and make some decent returns on these items!
I am not sure I would be prepared to pay £6 individually for this item, although I do think it is a high quality file. What is interesting is the couple of times I have treated myself to a Nails Inc manicure at the counter in our local Debenhams store, they don't use this file, but a black big emery board (I once was given my file to keep which was nice but don't usually get offered this). I suppose it would be too expensive for them to use a RRP £6 file every time they do a manicure. I like the presentation and pattern on the file and find the fact that it is large makes it easier to use and less pressure areas of wear on the file as there is more surface area to use. I would recommend the file to people who have long nails as a heavy duty nail file that will bring down the length quickly and can fix fine areas on your nail tips if you catch them. For people with very short nails, I wouldn't bother with this file.