Monday, 19 August 2013

Manic.Monday: New punk - Nails Inc Leather Effect

The weather might still be sunny and the days fairly warm but autumn is coming fast, and the A/W collections have started to pop up on the high street. It's a great time to start trend watching and to plan your wardrobe for the next few months. Last week I looked at maximalism for nails and today I'm showing New Punk since it's one of the key themes this season shown by Chanel, Rodarte and Versace, just to name a few.

The punk reborn that we'll see this year is a slightly prettier and tidier version of punk that combines studs and spikes with tweed, bouclé and of course - leather. I am a huge fan of leather and even if I reluctantly put away my leather leggings for spring and summer, my leather jackets will still be on hand. So when the individual bottles of Nails Inc Leather Effect Noho finally were released earlier this year, I was determined to try it at some point.

Looking at the black glossy polish in the bottle it's difficult to imagine that something so silky will turn into a slightly textured finish - but it does. The brush is nice and wide enough to get just the right amount of polish on, but if you have very long nails on your thumbs, you may need to try and get a little extra on the brush when you apply. The formula is slick and smooth with just the right consistency that makes it easy to work with and as the polish dries, you can see the texture appear right before your eyes. If you're in a hurry you can probably get away with just one coat, although to get just the right matte leather effect, you really should apply another one. It has happened that I've managed to mess up the finish just as I've applied it and I've had to correct with a 3rd coat, but that is far too thick on your nail and the leather effect won't be as visible and matte as it should - so 2 coats it just perfect! And as with most matte effect polishes, you really shouldn't use a top coat when you're done since it will effect the finish.
Noho Leather

It does take a few minutes for the coats to dry, but it sets well and creates this interesting leather look.The final result surprised me in several ways; even though the effect is clearly matte is still has a certain sheen to it that really catches your eye, and even though it is a textured effect - it feels smooth and soft to the touch, a bit like velvet manicure (but much more practical).

The polish definitely delivers what it says - the finish is of a wonderful subtle leather effect, that isn't as outlandish as you might think and personally I think it will add a fashion forward edge to any outfit, including office wear. I like this so much that I've decided to also try Nails Inc Shoreditch, which is a lovely burgundy colour which will go great with my prussian blue leather trousers for winter!

So if you don't want to strut down the high street in knee high leather boots with chains, you can still channel Chanel punk couture with some leather on your fingertips.
Chanel Autumn /Winter Collection 2013

19 comments:

  1. Looks like the summer over here is gone. Can't wait to rock my leather pants and jackets. I had no idea there's a nail polish that looks like leather. It's so rad. I need this too. Wish you a wonderful Monday Charlotte!!

    xx Mira

    www.glamdevils.com

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    1. Hey Mira, thank you for visiting and hope you're fine! I completely love it, they even have it in different pastel shades, but I'm more old school so it'll be black or burgundy for me I think :O). Xx

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  2. Wooohoo!!..love love!! Now want want!! :P
    also..loving those killer studded heels!!

    I know too many exclamation marks.

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. :oP - I LOVE the enthusiasm!!! Thank you so much, they're one of my favourite pairs! Xx

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  3. This is really neat! I prefer the sparkly textures to be honest, but this does give an edgy look. Great photo with those SHOES. Wow! I like how easy to 'touch up' textured polishes are.

    Side note, your bloglovin says your name is Eva but I assumed it was Charlotte! I'm not sure which to use :)

    -Just Zoe

    writingwhimsy.com

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    1. Hey Zoe - :O) thank you so much, I was hoping I could get them into a photo at some point and this topic seemed perfect for it! I know... but I'm not sure how to change it. When I created my blog I had my full name Eva Charlotte, and then I changed it on the blog, but it hasn't gone through on Bloglovin' :o/ - but everyone says Charlotte, except my mum when I've done something bad... Xx

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    2. Just figured out how to change it on Bloglovin' - thanks for reminding me about this, should have done it days ago! Xx

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  4. This looks amazing! Love the top photo with those killer shoes, too xo

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    1. Thank you so much for the nice comments! I can't wait to get the A/W shoes out from summer hiding :O). Xx

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  5. so beautiful pumps and black nail paint with glittery effect so amazing :)

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    1. That's so lovely of you - thank you! I have to admit I can't wait to wear it again :o). Xx

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    1. Hiya Elena! Thank you so much for visiting and for your sweet comment :o)! I highly recommend this polish! Xx

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  7. Oooo this looks so cool!!
    Aims
    Xoxo
    http://littlelotusblossom28.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Nails Inc are just amazing aren't they? Loved your Top 10 Beauty buys :o). Xx

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  8. Looks like a great effect, Nails Inc and Ciate seem to be coming out with some really unique nail textures and effects :) x

    ofbeautyandnothingness.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hey Heather - thanks a million for visiting! I completely agree with you, it seems like they're always at the forefront of the next big thing and eventually it'll show up at other brands too. But when it comes to the leather effect I won't have patience to wait for that :o) so it's Nails Inc all the way for me. Hope you'll come and visit again! Xx

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  9. Love the idea of this polish!
    Great post :)

    Sam
    sjmcdf xo

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    1. Hello Sam! Thank you so much for visiting and for leaving such a nice comment for me. I know textured polishes isn't for everyone, but I really like this one. Hope you'll stop by again soon :o). Xx

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