NYC Canal Street

Now this is something of a surprise. Polish snobs may recoil in horror at this one, but this is a gorgeous piece of loveliness.

I had one NYC polish that was from about a million years ago (of which I do have a review scheduled) but I haven’t really paid them much heed until recently. Maybe because I’ve been obsessed with hauling Nubar, OPI and China Glaze from that there internet. Also, I rarely go in Superdrug as I prefer to get my Boots Advantage points!

But there I was, and the NYC stand caught my eye. It didn’t hurt that they were doing a 3-for-2 offer either, so I decided to give this a chance, along with a couple of others. I’m glad I did, as this is a stunner of a nail polish.

As I always need to do with the Nails Inc London polishes, I had to google New York’s Canal Street. Apparently it is a place in Chinatown where all the vendors of fake bags and so on hang out. As my boss would say, “every day’s a school day”. Niiice.

Application of this was absolutely perfect. For a cheap brand, this is fantastic. The brush is just the right length and width for me, and two coats was ample.

I love the colour.  It is a beautiful dark brown jelly with golden sparkles. It reminds me of a slightly lighter (and cheaper) version of OPIs Expresso Your Style (which I still have to review).

OK so this won’t stay on your nails for longer than a few days. I had tipwear by the end of day three. You can see the tipwear here as I didn’t take the photos on Day One I am afraid.

Normally I am ok about that as I am eager to change my polish for the next one, but I was actually sad to take this off.

I wore this at Christmas and I remember thinking (through a mulled wine fog) just how lovely it is. NYC retails at £2.49 per bottle from Superdrug.

Helen

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17 Comments

  1. 12th March 2010 / 2:43 PM

    Really pretty and unique color!

  2. 12th March 2010 / 5:33 PM

    Nail snobs? I think real nail enthusiasts love to experiment and judge a polish on its merits and not its marketing.
    I have some amazing NYC polishes: Starry Night to layer over pretty much anything, 249B known as Cognac Sparkles and a magnificent red (can’t remember the number). Got them from an etailer for 59p!
    Don’t know about longevity as I always basecoat, topcoat and use drying drops. The only recent bad experience has been with OPI Mad as a Hatter which cracked and flaked off on day 3.
    Be broad-minded, peeps.

  3. 12th March 2010 / 5:48 PM

    Wow, Helen, this really is a gorgeous color! It’s sort of a red wine-brown-sparkly color. Just beautiful. I am going to have to hunt for this one in my local CVS, Rite Aid or Walgreens or SOMEWHERE! Thanks for the review!

  4. 13th March 2010 / 1:13 PM

    I had (or still have, don’t know if I sold it LOL!)and I found it to be very similar to OPI Royal Rajah Ruby. I couldn’t get on with the brush though.
    Looks really good on you.

  5. 14th March 2010 / 6:26 PM

    This is a gorgeous polish. Looks equally gorgeous on you. I don’t own any of this brand. At least their easy to find in the drugstore. Well the brand is easy to find anyway.

  6. Helen
    15th March 2010 / 12:47 PM

    Babbling Brooke – Hi! And thankyou 🙂

    Jen – 59p? What a bargain. I can’t believe Mad As A Hatter fell off you. It gripped my nails like nothing on earth and I found it impossible to get off.

    Beth – Thankyou – exactly! I hope you find it!

    Britny – Glad you like it! It makes a change from the nudes, doesnt it?

    Nikki – Ahh I loved the brush! I don’t have OPI’s RRR so at least this means I don’t have to go after that one. Phew!

    Lucy – Thankypu – it’s nice to have something that’s readily available both sides of the pond!

  7. 16th March 2010 / 2:17 PM

    Canal Street is the gay area in Manchester, so that’s all I’m thinking of now when looking at this polish! It is a nice colour, but you know what I’m like with drugstore brands….

  8. 16th March 2010 / 11:38 PM

    Ha ha! It is! I want to watch Queer As Folk again now…

  9. 23rd March 2010 / 1:44 PM

    Okay, so I found this at CVS here in the States. However, it looks SO much darker in the bottle than it does in your pictures. I haven’t worn it yet (maybe next pedicure) but I hope it actually looks a bit lighter on than it does in the bottle. I got it for $2.00 US.

  10. 23rd March 2010 / 3:49 PM

    nice blog! But maybe you should shorten your nails, if they’re too long the tip bends to the outside, so the tip is wider than the beginning of your nail.
    xx

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