Earlier this month, I blogged about my trip to the Selfridges Beauty Hall in their Trafford Centre department store. You can read all about it here.
I was lucky enough to be able to visit a few different counters to get a feel for the kind of treatments that customers are able to book in for while shopping there. I reviewed the complimentry facial experience for customers of Kiehl's in this post and today, I wanted to share with you a review of the next stop on my beauty counter tour, Nails Inc.
At the Nails Inc counter, they not only stock their whole collection of beautiful Nails Inc polishes but they offer a number of treatments too which can be booked and paid for by yourself or given as a gift for someone else which makes a lovely treat, especially for a birthday or as a Christmas gift. These services are great for if you're off on holiday or have an event to go to and you want your nails to be looking pristine for the occasion and they're especially handy if you have other things that you need to buy while you're visiting Selfridges. Perhaps you're picking up a dress or a bottle of wine in their Foodhall (read about that here!). Its so much more convenient to be able to get everything that you need under one roof.
At the Selfridges Trafford Centre store, Nails Inc offer an express manicure which is perfect for if you need your nails to be spruced up but you're in a rush, a pedicure which is great for if you're looking to get your toes sandal ready and a crystal pedicure which looks incredibly sparkly and finally, a gel manicure which I've actually had in the past and it was the longest lasting gel manicure I'd ever had.
I was treated to an Express Manicure which is their signature 15 minute manicure, ideal for those looking for a quick shape and polish to refresh their nails when they're in a rush or on their lunch break and going out that night.
My first task was to pick out the colour that I wanted my nails to be painted. I say task as there are that many different shades and varieties of polish that are available at Nails Inc that it took me a fair few minutes. Eventually, I decided on Berkeley Street which is actually a polish that I'd been eyeing up for a few months, every time I'd pass a Nails Inc counter!
The Nails Inc Gel Effect polish range contains their plasticiser technology that enables you to achieve a flawless manicure at home. They're super smooth so they glide onto the nail effortlessly and their wide, shaped brush ensures an easy, even application. All of the Gell Effect polishes that I've tried could be left at just one coat if you were in a rush but for a full coverage effect, I'd always go for two. Plus they have a plumping agent in the formula which acts to level out any imperfections on the nail. That's why I always think you're best off adding two coats to make the nails look seamless.
My nails started with a quick shape with a nail file that I was allowed to keep and take home with me as Nails Inc don't reuse any of their nail files. I was really pleased about this as it is actually a really good nail file and I have been using it since to keep my nails short and in shape. As I type a lot, I like to keep my nails short so that they don't catch on the keys. I have quite large nail beds so find that aesthetically, my nails look better short too.
After shaping, my nails were buffed to even out the surface before a coat of the Nails Inc Nailkale superfood base coat was applied. This helps to strengthen and protect the nails and actually leaves them with a gorgeous glossy finish so it would be a good product to buy for those days were you're wanting something on your nails but not anything in your face or colourful as it can be worn alone.
Following this, my nails were painted with a couple of coats of the Berkeley Street Gel Effect polish which applied like a dream. So pigmented, creamy and glossy, it almost didn't need a top coat. I was pleased the manicurist applied one though as she used the renowned 45 Second Top Coat with Kensington Caviar. I'm a big fan of quick dry style top coats and I'm always on the look out to try new ones. This is one of the best I've tried as it ensured my nails were touch dry in record time and gave them a gorgeous shine. When my existing fast drying top coat runs out, this is definitely the one that I'm going to buy, especially as I feel as though it prolonged the life of my nail polish. I got 6 days out of my nails before they started chipping which is great for me!
I was so impressed with my Nails Inc Express Manicure and I loved the effect of the products used; my nails looked so shiny and pristine, just as though I'd had a gel manicure except I didn't have to spend time with my hands under a UV light to cure the polish and I didn't have to spend time soaking it off either. It was a fast manicure, completed in just under 15 minutes but with great results as though I'd been sat there for far longer; as a busy girl, I love quick turn around treatments like this.
What is your favourite Nails Inc nail polish shade?