2012 was the year tat saw nail art have a meteoric rise to the top of the beauty charts. Every one and their dog were purchasing nail polishes in all shades and getting busy making their own designs. SO the polish producers stepped up their game and brought out nail effects. First we had crackle, then magnetic and now we've ended up with everything from leather to fur to even snakeskin and eventually it all seemed a bit too much. I personally gave up on nail effects for a while and have been sporting distinctly plain nails for a few months. I've had a detox so to speak. And now I feel ready to embrace nails effects once more and experiment with some new and exciting polishes that I am yet to try.
I am a big fan of leather, from trousers to jackets to skirts and even on some tops, I own a lot of it and would basically be lost without my 2 leather jackets. So when heard NailsInc were bringing out a leather effect polish I just had to get involved. It's available in 3 shades but classic black has to be my favourite. The feather affect polish, another new idea from NailsInc, gets points from me for being perhaps the most original here. Focussing on design rather than texture it's available in some gorgeous shades and seems like the perfect summer polish.
Barry M were one of the first drugstore brands to bring us nail effects with their famous crackle range and they continue to release even more. Although I'm unsure of the texture on this one-I've heard some bloggers say it's like sandpaper?!-I do love the delightful baby pink shade and it promises 'grungy chic' which sounds good to me. Moving on to Models Own and their Beetlejuice range I have to say I'm intrigued by this one. It looks like some kind of magic potion and if it looks on the nail as it does in the bottle then it would make a gorgeous night out shade. Back to NailsInc now and their concrete effect polish. This is similar in finish to the BarryM textured polish but I find the shades are more interesting in this range. I've wanted a deep electric blue for a while and am very tempted to kill 2 birds with one stone and purchase this little bad boy!
So what do you guys think? Do you still love nail effects or are you over them now? Did you ever even like themin the first place? What's your favourite nail effect and who do you think we have to thank for the increase in these products? Let me know!