I’ve been meaning to try these new Nails Inc Concrete varnishes for a while, but to be honest I kept putting them off as I wasn’t sure I’d like them! The two colours I have are Stonehenge* (blue) and London Wall* (grey-tinged nude).
I’ve spoken to a few people who have the Concrete polishes in their collection and the general census has been that the whole “anti-smooth” finish of them is rather off-putting. My main fear was that nails would look like you’ve painted them and then not been careful afterwards, resulting in lots of pulls and smudges.
I actually really like the shade of London Wall even though it isn’t a colour I’d normally seek out. The reason I chose it was because I figured it was the one that looked most like the colour of concrete…if you’re going to do something different you may as well do it properly.
Sadly, even though I like London Wall as a colour, it doesn’t really suit my skin tone and tends to bring out ruddiness on my hands that I wasn’t aware I had. I think this is a shade that’d really suit olive or dark skin tones.
Stonehenge is pretty much a Concrete version of Baker Street; a brilliant, bright blue that manages to stay slightly shy of neon; it’s an all-round flattering shade that I would say would suit most skin tones.
In all pictures there’s just one coat; I wasn’t sure if additional coats would spoil the effect so I thought I’d better err on the side of caution. I’m still very undecided on these Concrete textures as I quite like them, but I’m not completely taken with them. They do look interesting and thankfully they don’t look like a botched paint job, but I think out of all the upcoming Nails Inc textures these are probably my least favourite.
Available now in four different shades priced at £12 a pop at Nails Inc.