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I love my nail polish. Have done so for many years, but more so over the last couple as the nail industry has brought out so many different textures, effects and colours, that it really allows me to be very expressive in such a simple and fun manner without spending too much money and time creating it. Because of this love I am at the beginning of a very long and steep learning process in becoming a nail technician.
I first discovered Nails Inc while watching QVC years ago. At that time it was the actual founder Thea Green co presenting it, and to be honest it didn't really appeal to me at first. I was very much an OPI girl, and I didn't feel they had any products and colours that were different to what OPI offered, but I was still intrigued. Rather than buying, I remember seeing a magazine out at the time offering a Nails Inc polish free, afew different colours were available, but I opted for the Victoria shade as I like dark colours. The magazine costing only £2.00, rather than buying a full set of colours, or just the polish itself for the £10-11 mark at the time, I felt was a no brainer.
I ve done afew Nails Inc reviews before so wont bore anyone again in regards to the company itself. But it is a British brand that started in 1999 by Thea Green whose career background was firmly in fashion and she wanted to introduce products for the nails that were fashion forward, different and easy and quick to apply. They are a brand that can be found on our High Street, in some of our departments selling products and providing manicure and pedicure treatments, and all around the world.
How is it packaged?
Simple 10ml glass bottle with silver coloured lid.Inside lid is the brush attached for polish application. On the front of the bottle is the brand name ' Nails Inc 'on it. Underneath that the word ' London' and the bottle size which is 10ml.
How to apply
Apply a layer of base coat on the nail. When dried, apply two thin layers of the polish on the nail ( making sure the first layer is at least touch dry before applying the second ) then follow with topcoat. For a more professional treatment ( not just professional but helps to maintain a healthy nail ) apply cuticle oil around the nail area.
What is this polish like?
The colour in the bottle is what you get on the nail which leads to no disappointment at all. It's a rich deep and dark plummy cherry red colour. Its striking but quite understated at the same time. Its one of those colours that suits all skin tones from the palest of pales, to the deepest and darkest skin. This is a colour that looks great on short and long nails, but more so on short nails, so you don't have to have the longest of nails to showcase this colour.
The polish itself is easy to apply. The brush is wide enough to paint the nail in three strokes and the consistency of the polish is thick enough to provide full coverage in one application, but not too thick where you cant control the product. It dries quite quickly, and still remains glossy and shiny.
Would I buy/use this colour again?
I would. This colour is fashionable but always in fashion. Its classic, not for a particular age and can be worn for everyday wear or special occasions. It looks great on my short nails ( need to keep them short because of the kids! ), easy to apply and not hard to remove ( dark colours can be a pain ). These polishes do cost on their own £11.00-12.00 each, but I would always buy direct from Nails Inc ideally when theres a sale and its in a kit with other polishes, or from QVC, again in kits with other colours as it can work out around £5-6.00 per bottle.
WHAT IS IT?
A deep purple nail varnish by Nails Inc.
THE COLOUR AND FINISH
This nail varnish is dark and sexy, it can be worn in the daytime because there are strong red tones but I like to wear it when I am going out in the evening. It feels more like a night time colour but a bride I made over wore it on her wedding day and it looked beautiful and different with her cream wedding gown.
The finish is glossy and there is a glistening oily look when you apply 3 coats. It is a very deep purple colour with blue and red tones.
WHAT I THINK
This is beautiful nail varnish and a very popular one with my clients. The nail varnish is very nice to apply because it is thick so you see good results from the first coat, the shade goes a bit darker with each coat but the colour gets deeper. It is best with 3 coats because if you use more there are no extra results.
It takes quite long to dry because it is so thick, my expensive nail dryer does not make very much difference to the drying time. The dark colour shows up any mistakes so I always have a nail corrector pen to hand to tidy up any mistakes straight away. It looks best with long nails, one of my ladies insists on me applying it but her nails are very short and I do not like how it looks.
It does not chip easily but is hard to repair even if it only chips a little bit. It always leaves a telltale seam that spoils the flawless shine of the nail varnish. It is possible to wear this varnish for 4 days before you have to remove it and that is good for such a dark colour.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
Winter is one of those times of year when I'll do anything to feel warm and for some reason, dark browns and deep maroon, plum shades of nail polishes have a sense of warmth to them. Like pastels have a coolness about them, dark's have a warmth. I don't usually splurge on nail polishes but I did decide to go for Nails inc. polish in the colour Victoria.
As usual it came nicely pin a cylindrical bottle with the silver lid and the brush applicator was nice and dense. I did have to apply two coats, as recommend to get the desired result, but it really was worth it. Not too brown, not to plum, just the perfect combination of the two. It's a really nice everyday colour for me. I really do like my dark colours for the winter times.
If I did have a bone to pick, it was the fact that, even after applying a top coat, the tip of the nail really starts chipping within a couple of days. For nails Inc, I would expect it to last at least 4-5 days. For the colour, a hundred percent recommendation!
I am reviewing this product as I applied it to my nails last week and have been impressed with the colour, and long-lasting nature of the polish.
I have a lot of Nails Inc varnishes as I think there are a lot of colour choices, and, despite the higher price tag, seem good value for money.
This is one of the darker colours in my collection, as I am usually a pastel-colour girl. However, I fancied a change - and I haven't been disappointed!
It is a lovely deep raspberry shade when the first coat is applied. I always apply two coats of Nails Inc as I think it makes the colour deeper, and seems to make it last longer. When that coat has dried then the second coat turns the colour a more vampy, deep deep plum colour. From a distance it looks black, though up close the warm colours shine through.
The varnish is thick, and the brush makes application easy. I work in a jewellery shop so I need to have good-looking nails and it needs to last against chips! So far I have only had to top-up minimal chips.
The only problem I have is that when removing this particular shade, it is such a deep shade that it can have stained your nails underneath. This should be easily rectified by applying a base coat to protect the nail.
All in all, a great colour for autumn - high fashion, high gloss colour!
This is the perfect autumn shade, it is a lovely deep berry / wine shade which goes with all of autumns key hues.
Last season i pretty much lived off a black BarryM shade but this time i wanted to lighten things up with a hint of colour, Nails inc was an obvious choice as they consistently make exciting, high quality shades and I decided to try Victoria as i own a lot of berry and similar coloured clothes that i thought this would go well with.
As usual with Nails inc varnishes this had a nice thick yet smooth consistency. If you have a steady hand and take your time you can get a glamorous look from just one coat but most people will probably get a better finish by applying two thinner coats. It is very important that you use a good base coat ( I use Nails inc in kensington caviar ) as this is such a dark shade that if you do not it is almost guaranteed to stain your nails! Finish with a topcoat for a slick, glossy finish.
This nail varnish doesn't bubble up like some cheaper brands and is very chip resistant, i usually manage around 5 days chip free.
This retails at £11 but you can often it brand new on sites like ebay and amazon for around £6, either way it still works out well worth the money as the pots last ages!
I have quite a collection of Nails Inc nail varnishes now after first trying them as a give away with a magazine many years ago and I have continued to use them as they are the best nail varnishes that I have ever used. In fact, they have been called, "Award winning fashion forward nail polish, nails care and services. Voted Best NailPolish by Sunday Times Style and Best British Brand finalist at the CEW awards."
To give you a bit of background on the company:
"Nails Inc were launched in 1999 as a nail bar chain offering quick, high quality branded nail services. Apparently, according to an article I read on the company they, "spotted a gap in the market for professional high quality manicures for women with little time to spare and provide the ultimate in affordable luxury with the trademark 15 minute manicure - nails inc's customers can always find time for a quick pamper." They began with just three stores in London but now have 65 outlets nationwide and offer their products in Debenhams, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols and Topshop to name just a few."
After seeing various magazines and models wearing black nail varnish this season and really liking the dark shade look I decided to see if Nails Inc did anything in this shade as I thought it would be a nice dramatic look. The one I stumbled upon was Victoria nail polish which is described on their website as a deep cherry red shade. This is such a beautiful shade and I'm glad I didn't go for a complete black look as I think this would have been too dark. This red is very dark but an excellent shade for autumn as its very berry coloured and goes with a lot of autumn colours such as deep reds and browns. Its quite dramatic on my nails and when it catches the light you really see the red cherry colour coming through which is lovely.
This nail varnish is quite thick and because it is so dark it went onto my nails really well and covered up any ridges in my nails or any hint of some old nail varnish left on my toes that I forgot to take off. In fact, with this colour it is quite easy to do some touch ups if you scrap your toes and you can't see that you have added any more nail varnish which is nice. When it comes to taking it off you do need to use quite a bit of nail varnish remover as the dark colour does stay quite a bit, especially in the corner of my toe nails but it does come off.
This bottle of nail varnish is quite small and round and the top that contains the brush is the same size as the bottle and not smaller like some nail varnish bottles. This actually makes holding the brush a lot easier and applying the varnish quite easy too. The top is a shiny metal colour and looks very sleek and polished. The bottle is then see through to show the colour of the nail varnish inside. It features little images of hands on the front too which is part of their logo so you know you are buying a nails inc product.
I don't use this colour all the time as it is quite a dramatic look. I think it looks great on my toes during the summer and once I put those away for winter I will use this varnish more on my finger nails. A bottle costs £11 which is quite expensive but the quality and longevity is well worth it.
All in all a great colour and a great product.
This is a review of Victoria, a nail colour from Nails inc that is one of my favourite classic 'wear anywhere' colours. I am a huge fan of the Nails Inc range, despite their high price as I can't find any other nail varnish that is as long lasting and glossy finish as Nails Inc.
By now, I think I am on my second or third bottle of 'Victoria' by nails inc. That shows how much I like the colour but I would hate to be without a bottle of this in my hat box full of nail varnishes as it is such a wearable colour whether my nails are long or short.
What is Victoria?
The colour is a deep cherry red with a hint of purple and I find it really similar to the classic Chanel colour Rouge Noir. (I have a bottle of this which is ten years old now!). It has a really deep colour to it and a high shine finish. I find one coat is perfect in colour depth using the Nails Inc base coat and top coat so it is really three coats deep.
There is no sparkle or glitter in Victoria which is possibly why I find it so wearable. I don't mind a bit of glitter but try and save that for high days and holidays!
All Nails Inc polishes are packaged in classic round bottles with silver lids and a brush inside the lid. Some of the limited edition polishes are decorated with bling and different designs but the Victoria bottle is from the classic Nails Inc Collection and is identically packaged to the numerous bottles in the regular range.
I like to prepare my nails before painting them to give them the best possible longevity once the manicure is complete. This usually involves removal of previous colours, filing where necessary (not every time), base coat, colour and top coat (which is fast drying too so it doesn't spoil or chip). After this I apply nail oil and hand cream and have found my nails to be long and in good condition. I do find they break more when I don't have polish on them so if I am not wearing a colour I will put a base coat or clear on.
Individually the colour polishes cost £11 from Nails Inc. This colour is often featured in gift sets and can be bought from QVC in a double pack (so it must be really popular!) for better value.
As I have mentioned, I find this colour a real staple in my collection. It goes with every outfit and looks great on nails. The high shine finish is what really sells it to me. Longevity wise, I find that I can get anything from 3-7 days from a manicure of Victoria. It is really high quality and a colour that suits everyone. Whilst it is expensive, it usually lasts a long time and looks very elegant on the nails. I don't think it needs to be saved as a winter colour either.
Nails Inc names
I love the way Nails Inc give all their nail polishes quirky names and pick iconic London locations as names. They are usually befitting the colour and I can't think of a better name for Victoria.
Fans of Nails Inc will understand my loyalty to this brand. I do try other polishes though and find the No7 Stay Perfect range to be of comparable quality and slightly cheaper than Nails Inc. I always use the Nails Inc Caviar base and top coat as I feel it nourishes my nails when using harsh products like remover on them. The nail oil also helps to improve quality and can be used over polish when you have a couple of minutes spare. I wouldn't like to be without Victoria in my collection and think it is one of those colours that will probably never be out of fashion. If you are unsure of the colour, why not visit a Nails Inc nail bar and ask to see the colour before you buy it.
Nails Inc. Victoria Polish / Victoria Nail Polish is a deep cherry red shade / Victoria can be worn with any colour / any outfit and for any occasion.