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Sunday, 28 April 2013

Nails Inc Feathers - Cornwall

Nails Inc Feathers in Cornwall
Nails Inc Feathers in Cornwall

This is my second Nails Inc Feathers polish - I reviewed Chester a couple of months ago when the Feathers collection was first released. I bought Chester from a Nails Inc counter on a City day out, but now my local Boots has them in stock I couldn't resist getting the other colour I liked - Cornwall!

Cornwall is royal blue and white bar glitter; it reminds me very much of the traditional willow pattern china. When I wore Chesters, I wanted to create an almost full coverage mani, but this time I wanted my base colour to show through a bit. I chose Max Factor MaxEffect Mellow Yellow for the base; here's Mellow Yellow first of all:

Max Factor MaxEffect Mellow Yellow

Max Factor MaxEffect Mellow Yellow
Max Factor MaxEffect Mellow Yellow

This is a pretty pastel yellow; I enjoyed wearing this on its own for a day before I put on Cornwall. This is three coats of Mellow Yellow, with Seche Vite quick dry topcoat. The formula on Mellow Yellow is quite densely pigmented, but kind of 'watery' so application was a bit tricky. I used a layer of Seche Vite between the second and third coats to help even things out, and I'm pleased with the overall result - it's dense and smooth ~ it is a yellow after all, and we all know the formula on yellows can be awful. I think it's pretty enough to be worth a bit of extra effort. My main disappointment with this colour was that I'd hoped it was going to be sheer enough to use for layering glitter through - but there's no way that is going to work.

On to Nails Inc Feathers Cornwall...........

Nails Inc Feathers in Cornwall

Nails Inc Feathers in Cornwall
Nails Inc Feathers in Cornwall

The Feathers polishes are a thick suspension of tiny bar glitter and need a bit of care in application. I explained my application technique in quite a bit of detail when I reviewed Chesters so I'll just summarise it here. I applied two thin coats of Cornwall, with a layer of top coat (not Seche Vite; I was concerned that SV might shrink as I would be putting it over what was effectively a dry mani at this stage) in between. I used a gentle dabbing type of brush stroke to make sure my whole nail was covered, and brushed in all directions to avoid all the bar glitters ending up pointing in the same direction. Feathers are very hungry glitters - I needed two coats of Gelous and a thick coat of Seche Vite to get this smooth.

Here are a couple of macro shots showing the bar glitter in more detail; you can see how it sort of 'suspends' between the layers of topcoat - I really rather like this effect.

Nails Inc Feathers in Cornwall

Nails Inc Feathers in Cornwall
Nails Inc Feathers in Cornwall

I like the mani a lot, although maybe with hindsight I should have used a stronger or brighter yellow so the white glitter showed up better. I think Cornwall would also look awesome over a brick or burgundy shade - I love blue and brown together. I might try that combination next time!

Nails Inc Feathers in Cornwall
Nails Inc Feathers in Cornwall

I purchased Nails Inc Cornwall from my local Boots - the Feathers collection are also available direct from Nails Inc website and a variety of other retailers.

I should mention that there are now cheaper dupes of the Feathers polishes appearing - I've not tried these myself yet but Anna at AnnaBean's nails reviewed Invogue Jaye Bird which looks like an exact dupe of Nails Inc Cornwall and can be purchased from Superdrug for £3.49 (Nails Inc polishes are £11). Barry M are also releasing a line of similar polishes in June called 'Confetti' - Polished Criminails has an early review of these; there are several colours including a black and white feather-style polish, which I'll be very excited to get my hands on!

15 comments:

  1. It totally looks like Royal Doulton china!

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    1. Gosh, yes, my granny had a blue and white tea service that was these colours!

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  2. It looks so pretty against the pale yellow base colour, great combination! Thanks for the mention too ^_^ xx

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  3. I really like this combo, and it appeals to me a lot more than Chesters.

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    1. Thanks! I think I prefer this one too!

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  4. I just got Chester to try--I went with the "more colors are better" theory when deciding which one to buy. :)

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    1. I usually do that too - unless there's a green or brown one of course!

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  5. This looks fab, I love the feathery look, this is the best I've seen!

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  6. I never thought I'd like bar glitter but I love this! That trick with dabbing them in different directions is probably key.

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    1. Thank you! I'm not usually keen on bar glitter - but I really love matt glitters. Maybe it's the fact that the glitter is matt AND tiny that makes it work?

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  7. It looks really cool on you!

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    1. Thank you - it was really fun to wear :D

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  8. I love this color combo!! :D And sheesh.. That yellow is so perfect >.<

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