If you follow my Instagram feed, then you already know that I’m kind of obsessed with nail polish — from neon brights to pastels to rich jewel tones. I love them all and think that a great manicure is just as much an accessory as your favorite statement necklace.
With summer coming to an end, I’m on the hunt for new shades to add to my polish stash for fall. So I was really excited to try a couple of polishes from two newly released collections by London-based Nails Inc. — Alexa Fabric and NailKale.
The first polish I tested was Alexa Cashmere, which is part of Nails Inc.’s Alexa Chung Fabric collection. In addition to Cashmere, this collection features five other polishes (in Lace, Silk, Leather, Camo, and Sequin) that all dry to a “fabric-like” finish. The Cashmere hue looked really pretty in the bottle. It’s a pearlescent, champagne-esque color that dries matte and is textured — two things I’d never tried before with nail polish and was curious to experiment with.
I applied two coats and initially was unsure if I liked the color or texture at all. On my nails, it looked darker than it appeared in the bottle (although it photographs beautifully — see below). I even took to Instagram to poll my followers on their thoughts. Full disclosure: I’m used to glossy high shine manicures with top coats, so the matte finish definitely took some getting used to. Also, the texture seemed a bit blah at first — more like I’d smudged my wet nails versus a “fabric-like” finish.
For the first couple of days, I got lots of inquiries from passersby while out and about on what polish I was wearing and who made it. It’s funny how much people notice your hands and what nail polish you’re wearing. By day four, the color had definitely grown on me a lot more! This particular type of polish is something that I would wear to a special event or on the weekend. It chipped a lot faster (second day of wear) than I would’ve liked so I’m not sure it would last much longer than a couple days, but I suspect that’s because it’s matte and you can’t “seal” it with a glossy topcoat.
My interest in textured polishes is definitely piqued — and I’m curious to see what the Leather, Camo and Sequin polishes look like on, too. The Alexa Chung Fabric polishes are available at NailsInc.com and Sephora.com for $15.
The next polish I tried was Victoria from the NailKale collection, which is a line formulated using anti-oxidant kale extract, as well as Nails Inc.’s Regenerating Complex (a two-fold Aldehyde, Zinc and Calcium blend) to help strengthen nails. I’m a total nut when it comes to promoting nail health (which is why I’m not a fan of gel manicures that require UV lamps) and was excited to see how this polish performed.
Four words: I absolutely L-O-V-E-D it (and so did IG). Victoria is a creamy, deep, dark cherry color that I fully intend to wear a lot this fall. The color payoff is nothing short of amazing. Seriously. It’s super concentrated and once applied is true to the color that appears in the bottle. A major plus! I was really impressed with this polish because even prior to applying a top coat (the pic above has a top coat) the finish was really shiny and almost gel-like. And after five days of wear, not a single chip! I’m usually a “drugstore” kind of girl when it comes to nail polishes (ok, ok, ok . . . call it being cheap), but this is one polish that I would definitely splurge on.
In addition to this shade, there are eight other NailKale colors including Montpelier Walk (nude), Mayfair Lane (dusky pink), Bruton Mews (forest green), Victoria & Albert (red), Holland Walk (burgundy), Regents Park (hot pink), Gloucester Walk (bright purple), and Westbourne Park Road (muted purple). They’re available at NailsInc.com and Sephora.com for $14.
**DISCLOSURE: Stylin’ & Profilin’ was provided product samples for review. The opinions expressed here are our own.**