Nails are kinda a big deal in the beauty world – apparently they’re the new ‘lipstick economy’ beauty item. At times when money is tight, then the quick way to give yourself a bit of a pick me up is to buy beauty – it used to be lipstick sales that shot up in tough times, but nails are now the new lipstick and the quickest and easiest way to give yourself a new look or a treat that’s affordable.
For this very reason, I can totally see why many brands are launching nail ranges when it perhaps didn’t factor for them before – Clinique is one such brand and will be launch it’s very own nail range on 25th April and here’s a little peek at some of the shades and one that I’m really loving…
So the colours I’ve been playing with are (Left to right in the above): Splish Splash (bright blue), Concrete Jungle (light grey), Call My Buff (white nude), Happy Heart (tomato red), Summer in the City (bright pink) and Really Rio (coral).
Formula wise I’ve tried Call My Buff, which is a lovely colour but does need layering to about 4 coats before opaque. I actually ended up removing it because I tried to do my nails before bed and it was just too many coats not to end up smudging it – so I gave up and removed it.
But on the other end of the scale is my new love – Clinique Happy Heart. And be still my heart. It’s a gorgeous tomato red with a hint of coral to it. I LOVE it – I wore this the other day with a pair of blue jeans, and a navy and white Breton striped top and felt it was the ideal colour combo. This applied like a dream, smooth and two coats to covered and dried quickly. This colour to me is the perfect Spring red.
Apparently the nail colours are designed to be suitable for those with sensitive skin – not for skin on the hands as such, but more so that when you touch your face or something with your hands when your nails are painted. I have to be honest and say that for me feels a but ‘meh’, but that’s because I haven’t had any issues with nail varnish irritating my skin. But Clinique has always been a brand based on good skincare so I can totally understand why there’s that link there. At the end of the day – the colours are fab and I’m pressed with the quality (and the bottles are pretty sleek too). They will be priced at £12 each, which is quite a premium price for a nail colour.
There will be a permanent collection and some limited edition shades. Of the ones I have here Splish Spash and Summer in the City are from the LE collection and the others are all permanent.