Today I find myself in something of a quandary. I have previously expressed my disappointment at the fact that Nails Inc think nothing of charging very high prices for nail varnish, yet constantly seem to be giving them away. Most odd. It just makes me wonder what the value of the polish actually is. I mean, something is always worth what someone is prepared to pay for it, but I know a number of bloggers who have commented that they would prefer less giveaways and better prices of Nails Inc products. I mean, let’s face it, the colours in the promotions aren’t usually the ones you’d want to buy, are they?
Something else that made me raise an eyebrow was the fact that at £11.00 for 10ml, that is nearly as expensive as Chanel, who charge £16.00 for 13ml. There’s not a lot in it. Interesting, eh?
Back to the point though. This is actually a pretty fantastic polish. I do like it a lot. It is a hot, hot pink that is shot through with gold flecks. Very pretty indeed. It is slightly less flamboyant than the OPI Burlesques from last year, but it is still eyecatching and spangly.
This is actually a rather thick polish, which is positive in that it covers easily and quickly, but a negative in the fact that it just flakes off in big chunks after a couple of days. Irritating. It also needs a great big thick topcoat as it is like sandpaper due to the course nature of the glitter.
So, like I said, this gives me a dilemma. I adore the shade, and own nothing else like it. But it’s ludicrously expensive and I’m not 100% convinced that it deserves the high price tag.
What do you think?
This post has been a really long time in the making – about 18 months! I saw this polish on someone’s blog ages ago and it was love at first sight. I’d wanted this for ages and the moment it popped up on a blogsale I snapped it up without hesitation.
In nail polish terms, this isn’t exactly antique (hailing from 2007) but it is tricky to find. So if you see one, snap it up. You won’t regret it.
Application was so-so. You can tell that it’s an older polish as it is a lot thinner than China Glaze’s more recent efforts.
The first coat was totally watery and thin and I was fearful. However, the second and third coats sorted this right out and left me with a perfectly opaque manicure.
Blk-Bila-Bong is a black jelly polish that is jam packed with blue shimmer. it’s absolutely mesmerising. On the nail in natural light, it looks like a darkened teal. Under electric light, it looks phenomenal. The shimmer really comes into its own, looking like amazing blue flecks trapped under the surface.
Only one whinge. The wear is dreadful. I applied this super-carefully, painted round the free edge, used China Glaze topcoat and all the tricks of the trade as I really wanted this manicure to last a few days. Sadly not – chronic tipwear by the beginning of the second day. Waaah.
Because this is so hard to find, I won’t be using it all too often. But it’ll be nice for an occasional flashy treat. I can’t think of a single dupe for this either, I’m afraid. Can any of you think of anything similar? OPI Midnight Blue Glitter, perhaps? I’m off to have a quiet weep at the fact that they always discontinue the best shades…