Spring has apparently Sprung but it’s still pretty freaking cold here in the UK so the new season beauty launches are all that I have to hold on to for now. Striking just the right balance between pastels and brights Essie’s Spring 2016 collection is the perfect nail polish wardrobe to see you through the next few months. It’s no secret I’m already big fan of the brand’s formula and huge, one-stroke-and-you’re-done brushes so that needs no mention but the colour selection is bold for the season. I never thought I’d see a deep green and think palem trees rather than Christmas but they just might have converted me.
To celebrate the vast array of colour that Essie has to offer they have joined forces with iconic photographer, Rankin to offer a once in a lifetime opportunity. On 17th May he will be setting up shop at Essie’s Colour Portrait Studio to shoot nail selfies with randomly selected winners at a top secret London location. Winners will be treated to a VIP service from manicures to hair and makeup before stepping in front of the camera for their colour portrait. To enter you just need to upload your nail selfie using the hashtag #essiexrankin
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I spoke about the new Nails Inc Powered By Collagen range a couple of weeks ago and promised to follow up on the brights that I didn’t cover at the time.. so here we are. Would you believe this is just one coat? I’m not convinced the collagen aspect has any positive effect here but the formula is excellent and the colour (Hampstead Grove) is lovely. Without my trusty Seche Vite top coat it will chip after a day or 2 (even with the famed Kensington Top Coat) but so will 90% of nail colours so that’s no biggie. If you’re looking for a real difference in the condition of your nails however the Overnight Deox Repair Mask is for you!
I’ve found creams and oils that work well for my cuticles in the past but I’ve never found anything I felt really improved the condition of my nails themselves until this. It’s a light gel-like texture with a doe foot applicator that is designed to be worn as an overnight treatment. If you have flaky/dehydrated nails you will love it. It sets pretty quickly so unlike oils etc there’s a chance of it actually staying put while you snooze and I can always feel a little residue in the morning which instills hope that it’s managed to do that. It’s definitely changed my nails for the better and if you wear polish constantly like me I’d highly recommend taking one night off a week to treat your nails to this!
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Okay so first thing’s first, I’m pretty sure my entire camera lens was fogged up or had a giant smudge across it when I shot these photos because I’m certain I wasn’t going for the 80s soft focus vaseline smeared look.. I swear. You know I’ve been in to my natural nails and treatments lately so this new launch from Nails Inc was very well received last week and I couldn’t wait to try it out but I wanted to give it a little test run before just posting my swatches. The line is ‘Powered By Collagen’ and the general idea is that we mustn’t neglect our nails, we should want them to look just as youthful as our faces and hey, who am I to argue?
The 4 above are the treatment, the base coat, the nail colour and the top coat. I used them all just short of a week ago and am typing this with hideously chipped nails but an interest in a couple of the products shown. I blame the lack of my beloved Seche Vite for the chipping, very few polishes would last me more than a day without it so that’s not really a negative but I’m definitely not a fan of their ‘best selling’ Caviar top coat. There aren’t any top coats that in my experience do much other than add shine but this doesn’t even do that for me. The base coat was nice and something I may break out if my nails are a little flakey but base coats aren’t what I consider to be an essential. It was a very thin matte coating which created a lovely canvas for the polish and if you use base coats regularly to aid application you may like this one but as I mentioned earlier it definitely didn’t prolong the wear.
The Overnight Detox Mask was interesting, it’s supposed to hydrate and strengthen your nails overnight. I can’t say that there was an immediate difference but this is something I’m definitely going to be revisiting. It has a doe foot applicator unlike almost ever other bottle treatment EVER and it makes SO much more sense when you come to apply it it will make you question why everyone isn’t doing it. The texture is more gel than oil which made me think there was a chance of it staying on my nails overnight.. if I stayed perfectly still.. that and in the morning my nails did still have a little residue. I will update you if this becomes something I would repurchase but it’s definitely the stand out of the bunch innovation wise. The other product I will be using again is the Conceal & Reveal nail colour, a sheer tint to conceal imperfections which can be layered to an almost opaque colour (worn in the first photo) it’s right up my street at the moment. There are tiny light reflecting particles which I would like to blame for the soft focus effect of the pictures.. yes, that was definitely it.
Along with the ‘natural’ nails there are new nail colours ‘Powered By Collagen’ which I will post on seperately but *spoiler alert* they’re pretty epic.. one coat opaque! QVC have 2 sets of 6 (the overnight mask, base coat, top coat, reveal/conceal and either 2 bright or 2 nude nail colours) for £31.50 right now. Excellent value considering a full sized bottle of anything from Nails Inc will run you at least £14!