New for spring from Nails Inc., they’ve collaborated with Victoria Beckham for two limited edition shades of polish with Japanese elements, inspired by the SS/15 Victoria, Victoria Beckham Collection. Two shades is all it takes when they’re this perfect! Let me show you what I mean…
There’s Bamboo White (STUNNING!), and Judo Red (GORGEOUS!). Both polishes are enclosed in generously thick and weighty Venetian glass bottles. On the side of each bottle, you can see the corresponding shade through a glass window. I love the matte finish of the bottles, it gives the exterior a hint of the sophistication of what’s to come. Bamboo White (bone white cream with a hint of pink) is housed in the matte black bottle, while Judo Red (vibrant tomato red) is housed in the matte white bottle.
The larger cap pops off, so you can use an applicator that’s easier to grip and more precise while painting. The brushes have a nice density to them, pick up the perfect amount of polish, and are slightly rounded at the tip. This helps me get pretty close to my cuticles without making too much of a mess.
In terms of the formula, it’s fantastic! I have to admit it’s been ages since I’ve worn a Nails Inc. shade, and I don’t remember being THIS impressed by the formula, so this one is definitely special. Here’s what Nails Inc. says, and then I’ll tell you more of my thoughts.
- Created with stretch-to-fit technology, these polishes will glide onto the nail for a flawless finish.
- Formulated with bamboo extract to help build healthy nails and ensure a perfectly smooth application.
- Reduces ridges and imperfections.
- Builds healthy nails and helps regain their natural shine. (Zinc & Calcium blend that boosts the production of keratin for stronger, harder nails.)
This formula had an easy flow for me, and self-leveled beautifully. I used two coats with each shade, but I probably could have gotten away with just one coat of Judo Red if I weren’t photographing under such bright light. In the swatches, I did use top coat, but just the polish alone gives off a nice amount of shine. (I still recommend top coat for longevity! Try 45 Second Top Coat with Kensington Caviar.)
First chip happened on day 5!
The elasticity in the formula made for great wear for me—no joke. It wasn’t until day five (yes, five!) that I spotted my first chip, and it was on the index finger of my dominant hand. Coincidentally, the finger I use to open Diet Coke cans with! (I know, I know.) After that, I had a few more chips along the way—mostly from tip wear (typing), and just life in general. Bamboo White made it a full seven days before I removed it, which I thought was very impressive. My pedicure with Judo Red is now officially on day nine, and I could swear it looks like I just had it done yesterday. Great pigmentation, overall.
Typically, I wouldn’t purchase nail polish over $20 for myself unless it’s something super limited edition, or I just can’t live without the shade. But, I would definitely purchase these on my own if they weren’t received as press samples. In this case—these ARE limited edition, AND I can’t live without the shades!
Bamboo White is the most perfect, chic shade for all seasons, and Judo Red is a nice way to liven things up. Even though we’ve only just officially entered winter, you’ll be an early spring adopter! Surprisingly, both shades are perfectly complementary to each other in a mani with an accent nail, or other nail art.
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