Monday, 25 November 2013

Manic.Monday: Hands of an art lover

If there's a brand you can count on to come up with great innovative concepts for nail polishes it's Nails Inc  and at the moment they have a lot of new and fun textures and looks, just in time for the party season. A collection that has really caught my eye is Modern Art (£12), which is a limited edition of shades inspired by abstract art that has a very urban edge to it. The nail polishes are made up from millions (at least that that's what it seems like) of miniscule particles in different sizes and colors that are so densely packed that you can't even see the clear base that holds them all together. The collection has 4 different eye catching looks, all named after famous art locations in London: 
 Cromwell Road - Green, black and gold 
Bankside - Red, gold and black
 St. Martin's Place - Peach, black and gold
Millbank - blue, black and gold 
 
The formula itself is very easy to work with and because it's jam packed with these little particles, you will automatically get an even coverage of across the nail. You can wear just one coat for a more subtle look, however these polishes deserve to be shown off and they look their very best when you've got a solid, opaque finish. That means that you need to apply at least 2 coats of the polish, but since it dries very quickly it won't take you long to do. The look turns out best if you wait a minute after the first coat, not necessarily to just let it dry, but so that it really sets on you nails and then apply the second one. As with most other textured polishes you shouldn't apply a top coat with this one - it won't ruin the effect but it won't give that textured, layered, grainy look that is the intention.

Because it's so tactile and textured you might think that it's impractical and won't wear very well, but on me it lasts about 4 days which is pretty standard. I would recommend that you stick with 2 coats however, because if you apply too thickly it's more sensitive to chipping, which will also take off the entire coverage in one go. Speaking of taking off things - unlike shimmer or glitter polishes this is easy to remove since the finish is quite thick, even using dip and twist removers, so no need to take out the strongest, nastiest acetone you can find.
Cromwell Road
Bankside
St. Martin's Place
Millbank

This will not be to everyone's liking, but I love this gritty, textured, "industrial" look and wearing black, leather or monochrome outfits really makes the nails stand out. The whimsical mix of primary and bright colors create a very contemporary and expressionist look, and it is a bit like wearing a Jackson Pollock painting on your nails. What do you think - are you an art lover too?

42 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous. Where did you get them from? Nails inc directly? Xx

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  2. Jag älskar St. Martins Place, underbara färger i den. :-)

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  3. These are so beautiful! The sparkles are so opaque!
    xo, Kate

    kateberlinsays.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks a million - I love that the finish is so different - matte, textured and sparkly all at the same time :o). Xx

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  4. St. Martin's Place är hur fint som helst! Det är något speciellt med de lite mera "ljuva", neutrala färgerna och den grova texturen i kombination. Love it!

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    1. Håller helt med, det är nog min favorit :o). Xx

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  5. They look amazing but I think it must be a pain to remove it afterwards. Maybe only on accent nail. ;)

    Blu Button Box

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    1. They're actually very easy to remove - since the finish is so thick it all comes off in one big flake which is great :o). Xx

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  6. They look so amazing! I really like the Bankside one, I really need to pick some of them up if I see any!! :)

    Christina xx
    http://christinathorup.com/

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    1. They're so unusual and I just love that textured look :o). Xx

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  7. Bankside looks lovely - all the pinks and purples really catch my eye x

    fabheadtotoe.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Beautiful and perfect for this holiday season.
    http://tifi11.blogspot.com

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    1. I think St. Martin's place would be perfect with a LBD! Xx

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  9. These are SO pretty! I want one for new years! They would be so pretty with a chic black outfit for a pop of glam!

    sundays grace

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    1. Hiya Carly, exactly - keep the outfit nice and black and all the focus on the nails :o). Xx

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous ! Loved them :)

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  11. You have a really goid blog, I'm glad that I find it:) I am following you now:)

    What about the nailpolish, i like so much the color "St Martins Place"
    xx, www.mynameiskristina.com

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    1. Thanks a million, that's very nice of you to say! Xx

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  12. These look lovely, bet theyd be a nightmare to get off though!

    www.notanotherbeautyblog.co.uk

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    1. They're not bad actually because the finish is so nice and thick, so it's quite easy to peel off. Xx

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  13. Cromwell Road might be the most beautiful nail polish I have ever seen in my life. I love texture and glitter and deep green, so it's a win all-around. I also love the nudge at modern art, and how the nail polish pokes fun at the abstract color mixes that it's known for.

    Brittney

    anotherbeautifulthing.blogspot.com

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    1. It's a gorgeous collection and I don't think you'll be disappointed in them :o). Xx

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  14. St Martins place is gorgeous! I'm not usually up to glitter nailpolishes because of how HARD they are to remove. But for christmas I think its worth it ;)
    Roshni’s Journey

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    1. Yes, they're definitely perfect for Winter time and all the X-mas parties coming up. Xx

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  15. they look amazing..wanna follow each other? just tell me if u follow me, then i'll follow u back immediatley.

    Loves
    trokesland.blogspot.com

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  16. These look amazing, I'm loving the St Martins Place and Bankside one...did you order them online?

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  17. They look amazing, all the colours are gorgeous! I really like that you can't see the clear base underneath them because that's the problem with most of the textured nail polishes and also being able to remove them easily is a plus as well. My favourites are the Bankside and St. Martin's Place. I totally agree with you, they will look perfect with leather or monochrome outfits, such a nice touch!
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    Stephanie
    vidathings.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and for your comment :). Xx

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  18. Love the colors! Not sure if I would like the texture though :)

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