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Brand: Nails Inc. / Type: Nail Varnish / Subcategory: Nail Coat / Suitable for: Nails / Gender: Ladies Cosmetics

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      08.08.2013 14:02
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      Nails inc Albert bridge

      I wanted a clear nail polish for the summer and be because I have liked the nails inc products in the past decided to give this one a go

      The nail polish is available from department stores and chemists and also online from the nails inc website, www.nailsinc.com. It costs £8 but Nails Inc often have offers especially if you subscribe to the website as I do.

      The polish is sold as a top coat but no indication of this fact is found on the bottle, it was only after purchase that i looked on the internet and saw this.Albert Bridge top coat is apparently chip preventative and leaves nails with a high shine, professional finish.



      The nail polish comes in the usual nail polish type bottle and contains 10 ml of the stuff. There is nothing else on the bottle, no instructions or information just alone drawing of fingers. I suppose there is an assumption that people know how to apply nail polish!

      When I unscrew the silver lid, I find that the brush, like the other brushes on the Nails Inc polishes, is quite thin. This surprisingly doesn't hinder the application of the product but rather means that I can apply it neatly and with the suggested three strokes to the nail. When I lift the brush out of the bottle it comes out nicely laden with the nail polish and so application is easy and fuss free. Because it is completely clear however, mistakes aren't as easily seen, but any of the polish which goes onto my skin doesn't irritate or cause any adverse reactions.

      The polish itself smells like and is the consistency of other nail polishes. I like the smell of nail polish so I am more than happy with this. It is, as promised, very quick drying and seems to be completely dry in less than five minutes which is great if I am in a hurry because even clear nail polish looks bad if smudged.

      When applied, and although it is colourless, the polish does leave my nails looking glossy and whilst not obvious that I have nail polish on my nails, I can definitely see that my nails look more shiny than they do without polish. I have also used it as an extra strengthener for my nails and used it as a base coat and top coat, and this seems to work quite well.

      It is easily removed using my usual nail polish remover but again because its clear I'm really not sure if I have taken it all off, but just have to take it as a given.

      VERDICT...

      This is an easy to apply clear nail polish which is easy to apply and seems to strengthen my nails and make them less likely to snap or split. I tend to apply two coats and then remove it after a few days with a conditioning nail polish remover, because even with clear polish I think you can tell when it starts to chip and come away at the edges.

      A recommended product for anyone wanting a clear nail polish. The only thing that lets it down is that, like most of the Nails Inc products, it is quite pricey. It does however last a long time and certainly does what it says it will do.

      Thanks for reading

      Daniela xx

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      05.01.2012 23:38
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      A fantastic top coat that lives up to its promises of drying nail polish in 45 seconds

      I love painting my nails but I'm a pretty impatient person and often end up smudging my nail polish whilst waiting for it to dry. Nails Inc's Albert Bridge Top Coat, described on its packaging as a 'wet look 45 second speed dry top coat' is therefore one of my staple wonder products, as I can apply it to my freshly painted nails and I'm good to go in under a minute.

      The product description for this top coat on the Nails Inc website reads as follows: 'Albert Bridge top coat will dry your nails ultra quickly. Albert Bridge top coat is chip preventative and will leave you with a high shine, professional finish. Apply one coat of Albert Bridge over your chosen nail polish colour.' I'd agree with everything here; applying it really prolongs the life of my manicure and prevents my nail polish from chipping. I'll often add another coat a couple of days after painting my nails to make my polish last even longer. The main advantages of this product are how quickly it dries my polish and the finish it leaves on my nails - it makes them feel incredibly smooth and they look really shiny. This top coat really does dry in 45 seconds to a minute, leaving them touch dry rather than tacky, as I've found with similar products. I don't even have to wait long to use Albert Bridge after applying my nail polish: I usually paint all of my nails on one hand and then paint Albert Bridge over them immediately (in the order in which I painted them), then give it a minute or so before moving onto the other hand. Sometimes I like to submerge my hands in cold water when this top coat has dried, to give it an even more hard-wearing finish, but this is not essential.

      With an rrp of £12 for a 10ml bottle, it's not cheap. However, cheaper alternatives I've tried haven't dried my nail polish as effectively or left such a good finish on my nails so I'd say it's worth spending the extra money on this. Some cheaper versions have even made my nail polish flake (surely the opposite of what a top coat should do!), whereas Albert Bridge has never let me down. A little goes a long way and one coat is all that is needed.

      I would highly recommend Nails Inc Albert Bridge, to anyone who paints their nails and wants a speedy, smooth and glossy finish.

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      26.07.2011 17:05
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      The shiniest and longest lasting top coat I've tried!

      REASONS FOR PURCHASE

      I first discovered this top coat when it was given to me as a freebie with a www.bigwardrobe.com swap. Until this point I hadn't much likes Nails Inc. My only experience with the brand was receiving a free nail polish with a magazine a year before. It was a lovely colour but chipped terribly. I'd stuck with Rimmel and other High Street brands since!

      DETAILS FROM NAILS INC WEBSITE

      "Super fast drying, chip preventative, high shine glossy topcoat. Seals and protects for a professional finish.
      Apply over your chosen colour for amazing high shine.
      Apply every other day to bring back shine to tired looking varnish"

      PRICE

      The RRP of this one is £12 for a 10ml bottle. If you purchase it from somewhere other than the Nails Inc website you can save a few £s, and I'd recommend keeping your eyes peeled on the QVC website too. They sometimes have deals where you can get the top coat in a gift set and so on.

      Ebay is also another great place to look. When my first freebie top coat ran out I purchased again from eBay. I paid around £3.99 and that was including postage!

      At present from Boots Online, you can buy an Albert Bridge top coat and an A+E base coat for £10.21 with free collection in store.

      So it does pay to shop around!

      APPEARANCE

      Nails Inc nail polishes come in attractive but sturdy looking pots, where the silver lid is the same width as the pot. This gives a very distinctive and streamlined look and the brand is instantly recognisable. Albert Bridge has a hint of a lilac tone although the top coat is clear on application.

      APPLICATION

      I usually apply one coat of this top coat over two coats of coloured nail polish. If I'm wearing the top coat alone I will go for two coats.

      The first thing I noticed when applying my top coat was that the brush part is incredibly 'basic' for such an expensive product! I would expect a wider or slanted brush for an even application. Or even a bit more thickness. This brush looks like what you might find on a 99p store product.

      The brush aside, this top coat does glide on easily. And dry quickly. After polishing all ten nails, the first one or two were starting to dry. A minute or two and they're ready to go.

      My favourite thing about my Albert Bridge Top Coat is the amazing glossiness of it! I've never seen such a glossy top coat! Your nails will look almost wet!

      My next favourite thing is the staying power. I can use this with any cheap nail polish and get around 5 days of wear before any chipping. I'm a fairly active person and what with housework and so on, end up chipping my polish within the first few days. Not with this top coat!

      OVER ALL THOUGHTS

      Despite being put off by the experience I'd had from wearing a Nails Inc polish alone, this top coat really is a nail product essential for me. So much so that I've even given the Nails Inc polishes another chance, and with Albert Bridge on top they're fine! No chipping for at least 5 days! The cheap looking brush may also put you off, but somehow this doesn't effect the application.

      I'd recommend this to top coat to anyone who wears nail polish, and if you're someone who likes a high shine glossy finish, then even better!

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      20.02.2011 12:26
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      A quick drying multipurpose top coat!

      This was one of the first products I evern bought from Nails Inc. As I have said in my other reviews for Nails Inc, I use more expensive base and top coats to enhance cheaper nail colours. I bought this from Boots it came in a 10ml bottle and cost £7, the nail polish itself is see through and is a pale purple colour.

      Nails Inc claim that this particular polish dries in 45 seconds, gives a shiny finish to nails and can be used to refresh and revive manicures. To use this polich you simply paint your nails with one or two coats of your favourite colour and once your nails are dry paint a thin layer of Albert Bridge on top.

      The results of this nail polish are evident straight away, it makes your nails look wet and really shiny even after it has dried. Another good feature of this nail polish is that if you have scuffed your colour while waiting for it to dry this nail polish smoothes it out so you can't see the scuff! It has the same results if you can see brush marks on the nail or if you apply your polish a bit unevenly. I find this saves me lots of time as I normally have to remove the smudged polish and start again with that particular nail which takes time!

      I love this top coat it is my favourite along with Kensington Caviar. I would recommend this to anyone looking to extend the life of their nail polish and hide imperfections. You can also reaplly this thinly every other day to maintain the glossy look. I found this definately made my nail polish last and is worth paying extra for!

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      02.04.2010 17:09
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      I was skeptical, but it really did work.

      Being a bit of a perfectionist, my biggest issue with wearing nail varnish has always been its inclination to chip, quite literally, often within the first 24 hours. There's nothing worse, in my opinion than chipped nail varnish (particularly dark colours) but it always seemed somewhat unavoidable. And lets face facts, no one has time to paint their nails (and wait for it to dry) every day or two.

      I tried many different top coats to prevent this from happening, alas to no success. Then I was recommended Nails Inc top coats by a friend, and I have to confess it was a complete revolution. Her nail varnish was always perfectly painted and chip free, no matter how dark the colour. So I thought it had to be worth a try.

      It might seem expensive, at approximately £7-10 for the top coat/base coat sets, but it's well worth it. I've been using it to her recommendations, applying base coat, two coats of polish and then one coat of the top coat, then repeating the top coat every 24-48 hours. Which may seem wasteful, but I can promise you it works. My nails now stay chip free for up to a week, have a gorgeous, professional looking shine and feel stronger. The top coat dries within 45 seconds, so re-painting this every 24/48 hours isn't too time consuming a task, and I no longer have to worry about 'protecting' my nails to ensure my polish doesn't chip.

      I was skeptical, but I was amazed at the difference it made. Yes, it may seem superficial but if such things are important to you, as I'm sure they are to many, it's definitely worth a try. Don't let the price put you off, it truly is amazing and sometimes you really do get what you pay for.

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      13.01.2010 23:03
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      I like it! But suspect there are other cheaper clear top coats that do the job on the market

      This is a review of the clear nail varnish named 'albert bridge' by Nails inc.
      I thought clear nail varnish might be a bit of a boring product to review but found quite a bit to say about it. Hope I don't bore you with raving on about a clear nail varnish, it really is rather a good product!!!

      ***it came in a set***
      I purchased a boxed set of three nail varnishes that are designed to give an 'American' finish. This is like a french manicure but with a creamy tip and a pink tinted finish. The set includes the clear polish 'Albert Bridge' -described on the box as a super glossy top coat.

      **I use it a lot***
      I find myself using the top coat a lot, not just with the American set but with all my nail varnishes (and as a base coat too). So it goes down pretty fast!

      **It's gone a bit cloudy***
      Maybe I am too impatient but the clear is a bit misty now, due to being tainted by the other colours I have used with it. It quickly dries as a top coat so helps you get past that awful tacky stage you get with all nail varnishes.

      **Costs a lot***
      I paid 20 euros for the American set from TK Maxx which, on reflection was probably too much to pay. But I was on holiday in Dublin and wanted to treat myself ... I have used the set a lot, and of the three Albert bridge is my favourite. Due to its fast drying properties, I would consider buying it again but on its own this time.

      **Verdict**
      I'm currently wearing an American finish and I like it - it's less obvious than the French polish finish. I have had this on for two days now and it's still looking pretty fresh. It's helped by the fact that my natural nails are all a nice consistent length and good condition at the moment.

      Albert Bridge helps varnish to dry and adds a bit more longevity to your polish. But it is 'spensive.

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        23.09.2009 09:52
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        Worth purchasing to make your nail varnish last longer.

        I became a huge fan of nails inc some time ago now when I came across a free bottle with glamour magazine. I would never have bought it without trying it myself at the full price as it is quite expensive and I couldn't justify it without knowing it would give super results. As soon as I did try it I loved it.

        Although I have found nails inc nail varnish to last quite a long time when it is on the fingers, much longer than any other brand I have tried, I wanted a way to make it last even longer. I only have the time to give my nails a proper paint once a week so I needed a way to make it last the whole week and one of the technicians behind the nail bar in fenwicks suggested the nails inc top coat.

        I hesitantly spent out the money to buy it and painted my nails when I got home. Instead of the usual two coats I had to apply three now, two of the colour and one of the final top coat. This put me off, as it takes enough time to paint my nails as it is, without having to apply a third coat and wait for them all to dry.

        However, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the top coat actually helped the rest of the nail varnish dry. It is clear so only had to be painted on roughly, not as perfectly as the underneath darker colours. It did not smell offensive and dried easily and relatively quickly. The real test came a few days later when my nail varnish would have normally started to chip. With the top coat on the nail varnish lasted about two days longer, which makes a big difference when it takes as much time to paint your nails. Also then you do not have to use nail varnish remover so often, so the health of your nails improves over time too.

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        Nails Inc. Albert Bridge top Coat / Albert Bridge top Coat will dry your Nails ultra quickly / Albert Bridge top Coat is chip preventative and will leave you with a high shine / professional finish / Apply one Coat of Albert Bridge over your chosen Nail Polish colour.