Review: Nails Inc Concrete Nail Varnish

I’ve been a fan of Nails Inc since I got given the metallics set a few Christmases ago, despite being slightly pricey I think they’re  worth the money as the coverage is generally very good and the array of colours is fantastic.

Whilst in Liverpool last week to see Derren Brown live I had a John Lewis voucher to spend and my go to was Nails Inc Concrete nail varnish in Stonehenge. The Concrete collection features four colours, Stonehenge (blue), London Wall (nude), Marble Arch (red) and Monument (yellow) and is a textured nail varnish that dries giving a unique rough finish like concrete. At £12 each, they are not cheap but in my opinion they are worth every penny.

nails inc concrete

The great thing about this nail varnish is the vibrant cobalt blue colour, which went on in just one coat and seemed to dry almost instantly. Normally I find the biggest problem with nail varnishes is the amount of time that they take to dry properly without any form of smudging, but the Concrete varnish dries in lightning quick time and the rough texture makes it difficult to smudge. I’d originally seen photos online of the finished effect and thought it would take several coats and a long time to get the desired effect but was amazed at how quick and easy it was to achieve.

nails inc concrete fingers

During application I noticed it had a slightly odd smell, not like normal varnish but more like actual concrete and the rough texture means you can’t use a top coat or it will ruin the final effect. When I noticed this I just rolled a cotton bud over my nail to remove the top coat whilst leaving the concrete coat intact. Unfortunately because you can’t use a top coat the varnish does chip fairly quickly, but it is easy to fill in the chips without much hassle, which is again helped by the final texture. I would also make sure you have a file handy to smooth down any sharp edges when you’re finished.

nails inc concrete hand

Initially I really wasn’t sure about the textured finish of the Concrete nail varnish, but having worn it now for a few days I am actually a huge fan as it is so simple to use and looks really chic once finished. Having also seen the other available colours the neon yellow and nude will be getting added to my collection very soon!

Nails Inc definitely seem to be on a roll with their textured varnishes, having the Leather Effect and Feather Effect collections also available to buy from their website. At first glance, the Leather Effect doesn’t really knock me out, but I think the Feather Effect collection looks amazing, especially in Cornwall, so pretty and feminine and I think they will look really fantastic in the summer (when it finally arrives!)

If the Nails Inc Concrete nail varnishes are out of your price range, or you’re not a fan of the available colours Barry M also have a range of textured varnishes in more pastel shades for only £3.99 each.

barry m textured nails

So what do you think about textured nail varnishes? Are you a Nails Inc or Barry M kinda girl? Maybe you know of some other brands doing similar textured varnishes, if so I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below!


8 thoughts on “Review: Nails Inc Concrete Nail Varnish

  1. I’m obsessed with Barry M Products, the majority of my nail posts feature them. However, if I have the Money I do prefer Nails inc or Essie because they have a wider variety of colours, I often buy these from TK Maxx or fragrance direct as they’re about £2-£4 a bottle, which is really cheap compared to paying £11 a bottle. The concrete one looks good, I’ve bought the Barry M version in the pale blue to test out:)


    • I’d like to try Essie but no where in Guernsey seems to sell it and I’m a little scared to go outside my comfort zone and buy it online! Good tip on Fragrance Direct though, or if you get this months InStyle magazine you can get a free 10ml Nails Inc polish. There are three to choose from but for £3.90 for the mag itself you can get all three for the same cost as it would normally be for one! x

  2. Pingback: Nails Inc Concrete and Feathers | Prints and postcards

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