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Nude was cited the colour for nails at the autumn winter London fashion week a short while ago. Nudes happen to be a favourite of mine anyway so when I saw a set of five mini nail varnishes in tk maxx for £7.99 I snapped it up.
Included in the set was Basil Street and I have used it quite a lot of times. I am a big fan of Nails inc and own a lot of their colours.
When I use Basil Street I find I have to use three coats on top of a clear base coat to get a good depth of colour. Another option is to paint the nails in white and then use this as a top coat to get it on the nails in one coat.
I do like the quality and consistency of Nails inc and they are usually quite fast to dry although I always use a fast dry top coat on the top anyway.
If you bought this polish on its own it would be £11 so I think I got a bargain with the mini set. Basil Street is not my favourite colour in the set but it is still one that I turn to quite regularly. I should get around fifteen full manicures out of the mini bottle which I think is pretty good.
The mini polishes are a great way to try the colours without spending too much. I do find once they get half full the brushes can be hard to load up though so I use some acetate sheet to tip the product out on to so I can dip the brush in easier.
This is a shade I would consider buying in again in the future as it is such a nice nude.
WHAT IS IT?
Nail polish from Nails Inc.
Basil Street is neutral in shade and it is a beige sand colour. I think it is very attractive and smart, it has a lot of colour but is not bright like many Nails Inc shades. It makes an attractive bridal nail polish because it does not stand out so will not take attention away from your dress or face make up. I also like to use it for weddings because the shade suits every person in the wedding party including the bride, bridesmaids and brides mother. I have used it also with chocolate nail polish and I use Basil Street to paint on the tip so it is a different coloured French manicure, it is very effective and would work with other warm nail colours also.
I like the Nails Inc bottles because they are attractive and work very well. The lid is big so it is easy to hold in the hand, the brush is quite short and I think that makes it very easy to control so that I can paint my nails tidy and not make a mess on any of the edges. The brush is very good because it holds enough polish for me to paint one nail and then when I dip it back into the bottle it brings out enough for me to do another nail so I am never putting the polish on in coats that are too thick.
WHAT I THINK
I like that this nail polish dries quick and that is a shock for me sometimes because it is very thick and I would think it would take a long time to dry. Basil Street can be worn with 2 or 3 coats and that is enough I think because it gives you a deep colour when you are not going to be able to get anything very much deeper from such a neutral shade.
It chips a lot more quickly than other Nails Inc polishes and I usually see that a chip has happened on day 2 of wearing it. I always make my brides aware of that so they pack another polish for their honeymoon and I know that it does not last for long because I have been wearing this polish myself a lot this month and I have to take the polish off one nail every day and paint it again because of chips. The colour does not go dull even after a few days so I do not bother to remove all of my nails only to paint them in the same colour again.
Basil Street costs £11 and that is value because it is a very beautiful neutral polish.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
Recently, I have been wearing quite dark nail polish colours and I felt like a change. I've had a bottle of Nails Inc. Basil Street for quite some time now but have never used it. I've also been window shopping for new interview clothes should I need to look for a job in May after finishing university. I may not be able to transfer my current job so I'll be in need of some clothes which look a bit more posh and that also means a more neutral nail colour. Nails Inc. nail polishes cost £11 for one bottle while you can get three for £22 online. Even though this may seem expensive, Nails Inc. is a great brand and worth paying more for.
This nail polish comes in the usual glass Nails Inc. bottle which has a screw top silver lid. The bottle has the Nails Inc. logo on the front as well as London printed underneath it. The back of the bottle has the company address printed on it while the colour of the nail polish can be found on the underneath of the bottle. While this packaging is a little bit plain, I really like the Nails Inc. bottles because you can really see the colour inside well. If you are a collector of nail polishes, like I am beginning to be, these look really nice when all lined up next to each other.
Once unscrewed, the silver lid reveals a nail polish brush which is just like any other. When applying this nail polish, the size of the brush means it takes an average of three strokes to fully coat your nail. Nails Inc. nail polishes go on quite smooth and only take one or two coats to look really nice. I have two coats on with this nail polish as the colour is a lot lighter than I normally use. Even though the colour did look ok after only one coat, I found that two makes it a little darker than it should be. The colour of Basil Street is a very light brown, which is why I will be wearing it with interview clothes.
Although this is not a quick drying nail polish, each coat only takes a couple of minutes, five maximum, to completely dry. This nail polish lasted about 4 days before it began to chip at the edges and then I changed the colour anyway.
Nails Inc. Basil Street Polish / Basil Sreet Nail Polish is a chic pale toffee shade / Basil Street is an ultra chic colour that is perfect for the office.