“ Brand: Nails Inc. / Type: Nail Varnish / Subcategory: Nail Coat / Suitable for: Nails „
I had never been that keen on buying a base coat because I just believed it would take me even longer to paint my nails because it was yet another layer to put on and yet another layer to leave to dry. I also thought it would cost a lot of money, especially one from Nails inc. I learnt these things weren't quite the case when I had a manicure at a Nails inc counter. I have quite weak and brittle nails and they flake and peal quite a lot. It drives me crazy. The ladies behind the counter used this base coat on my nails. It was called nails inc brixton base coat. It's a pale green/blue colour and clear. It costs £5, which was a surprise to me as I was expecting it to be as expensive as their usual nail varnishes-so around £13. They told me you can use it before painting your nails, or you can use it daily, apply another coat each day and then take it off using nail varnish remover at the end of the week. Repeated use should improve your nail condition they told me. I have to admit they were right. It did take some time. A month of regular use before my nails significantly improved, but I guess a lot of that is how long it takes for your nails to grow out. Another real plus to this product is that it doesn't take as long as nail varnish to dry. It is thin and not so tacky so it dries almost instantly and doesn't add a lot to the already long drying time of layers of nail varnish. This was, to my surprise a really good product. If you have weak nails, and the patience to use this regularly, I would really recommend it.
I recieved this as part of treatment pack on from Nails Inc from a friend. I have quite weak nails which like to peel and break normally before I can get them long enough to paint. This particular nail treatment is a see through pale green colour, it costs £5 from Nails Inc for a 10ml bottle, so is also cheaper than other Nails Inc polishes. Nails Inc claim that this particular treatment will bond the layers of the nail and prevent peeling and breakage. This treatment can be used under colour or for best results you can use it as an intensive treatment. To do this you simply paint a layer onto clean dry nails. This process then needs to be repeated everyday for up to 7 days. You then simply remove the polish and start the process again. This particular polish dries very quickly, you can barely notice it on your nails. It gives them a subtle sheen. I did notice that while using this treatment my nails felt stronger. They didn't break or peel as they normally do. Sometimes my nails can be bendy too, I noticed that this polish stopped that. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an intensive treatment for their weak or damaged nails. This is also particularly good after you have had gel or acrylic nails removed and your nails feel damaged. I would give this 5 stars as it is much better than other treatments I have tried which have included Sally Hansen and Boots own make nail strengtheners.
I have been a big big fan of Nails Inc products for years now and I'm always getting compliments on how good my nails look. The treatments are one of the best part of the brand, helping to repair your nails before you apply their gorgeous colours! All of the products from Nails Inc have names of London places that are supposed to reflect the type of product you are presented with. Hence Brixton is a nail hardener. It's great for peeling nails that have become weak and brittle at the same time. The bottle contains 10mls of mint coloured liquid that you can brush on as a base coat before applying colour or everyday as a extra special treatment on bare nails. I have quite weak nails because I have to constantly wash my hands in my job. However the damage doesn't show when I remember to use this product. You can purchase from Boots or any Nails Inc nail bar (usually found in House of Fraser!) for approx £10. It may seem expensive but it's definitely worth it!
My nails grow fairly quickly, but tend to flake and peel around the edges. Left to their own devices I have to keep them short or they just break all the time. With Brixton base coat though, I rarely lose a nail through breaking. A thin coat is touch-dry in under a minute, but I find that I need two thin coats for a nice shine and good protection. (Ignore the green colour, it isn't visible when you have it on.) A two-coat application lasts me about a week, one coat would normally start to wear thin after a couple of days. Buffing my nails first means it goes on nice and smooth for a good finish. It's a good base coat for any nail polishes, I use it with other brands (OPI, Revlon, Mac, etc.) not just Nails Inc colours and it stays put very well. When I do get the occasional flaky bit at the edges of my nails, it's usually where I haven't applied right up to the edges, or I've left it too long between re-applying so it's started to come off. I've been using Brixton Base Coat for about two years now (had used OPI Nail Envy before that, which I liked a lot but left my nails a bit *too* hard) and I'm not even tempted to check out other brands.