I really love nail polish. Like really. So inspired by my lovely friend Kylie (aka ChicBananas) I’ve decided I’m going to try my hand at swatching the colours that I wear, just to show them off and give anyone who is interested a reference for what the colours really look like.
First up is one of the strangest polishes I own. I bought this one, my first and only Nails Inc. colour so far, last summer, when I spending a week and a half in New York City with my best friend Laala and we stopped by a Sephora where I found it on incredible discount. It was only a couple dollars, and we both bought a bottle. I was instantly in love with this ugly-pretty shade, Hampstead Gardens.
I’d definitely describe Hampstead Gardens as an authentic mustard. It’s a funny colour that tends to look more brown indoors than in natural light– I actually had a family member compliment me on it one evening, only to tell me it was horribly ugly the next day when they saw it in different lighting! That said, it definitely has tones of yellow in it that give it its unique colour. I have quite a few polishes, but I’ve never come close to having a dupe of this one.
In these photos I’m wearing a quick-dry base coat by Revlon, two coats of Hampstead Gardens and a quick Seche Vite top coat. The colour is really opaque, and I probably could have gotten away with one coat but I still always go with two. If you don’t want it so shiny, it is wearable without the top coat as well, I just love the extra gloss.
I’m really impressed with the quality of Nails Inc. polish. It definitely lasts longer than many of my other polishes, even using the same top coat. If I could find more on discount, I’d definitely pick up more polish by them in the future. The bottles are usually about $10, at least in the US, but are only 10 mL in size which is a bit smaller than the average polish. I actually appreciate the size, as given the number of nail polishes I have, the likelihood of me finishing one isn’t that great. Though I do have a few favourites that are at risk!
I would definitely consider Hampstead Gardens a love-it or hate-it polish, and I just happen to love it.
What do you think about strange polish colours? Would you wear this mustard nail polish?