As mentioned in my Nails Inc SS13 post yesterday, I had the chance to have my nails painted at the Nails Inc preview event, and I went for a couple of shades from the Feathers collection.
Feathers is exactly as it sounds; it gives a 3D effect by using small pieces of confetti like colour in a couple of contrasting shades.
Having studied my nails quite carefully since last night, it appears the 3D effect is achieved by having a dominant colour, a slightly lighter version of the dominant colour and a contrast colour and this works really well as you can hopefully see in the pictures.
Before the cuticle brigade pipe-up, yes I know they’re in a shocking state, but unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to tidy them up before I visited Nails Inc yesterday. I will aim to improve them drastically by the time I do my next NOTD.
If my understanding of Couture fashion is correct, it’s fashion that is beautiful to look at but not essentially easy to wear (among many other defining factors) and therefore I would call these textural finishes “Couture Nails”, as they’re really lovely to look at but not the easiest things to wear.
Because the effect is so textural, the finish is a little on the scratchy side and therefore I doubt this will last for more than a few days. That hasn’t put me off though as they really are so different and interesting to look at, so consequently I’ll be purchasing Cornwall as soon as they land in March 2013. The scratchiness does settle down after 24 hours: I think it’s a the fact that as there’s a lot going on within the varnish, there’ll inevitably be a level of overhang from the little bits of confetti, so once you’ve used your hands a bit you end up knocking these bits off and smoothing down the nail edge. I suppose a quicker solution would be to wait until your manicure is dry and then give your nail edges a quick file.
All-in-all I am bowled over by the many exciting textures coming from Nails Inc next year and definitely feel that Feathers is one of my favourite finishes. They’ll launch in March 2013 for £11 each.
Disclosure: paint application provided free of a charge as part of the Nails Inc event.