I’m not going to lie; when I first saw the words ‘spray-on nail varnish’ pop up on my news feed, I was skeptical. I had visions of nail varnish everywhere. On the carpet, on my clothes, on the dog…everywhere.
However, once I’d looked into the Nails Inc Paint Can that was due out in a couple of weeks, I was slightly more convinced. The idea is simple, apply a base coat (you must always apply a base coat, otherwise it just doesn’t work), spray the nails, give it a few minutes to dry, wash with soap and water and you’re good to go. Now I love a quick drying time – see my Seche Vite and SensatioNail posts – so I knew then that I needed to give it a go.
Fast forward to November 13th, a day after its release, when it was sold out everywhere…or nearly everywhere. Luckily my trusty Harvey Nichols store still had a few left, so I popped in on my way home, ready to spend a great Friday night in.
The initial release includes two shades, Hoxton Market (hot pink) and Shoreditch Lane (silver). Having a couple of hot pinks in my collection already, I plumped for the silver, thinking it would be a winner for the season of sparkle.
Back at home, I prepped the living room (newspaper everywhere) and got my base coat on. The spray adheres to the base coat, so you need to make sure it’s a proper job – spill over the sides of your nails with your base coat and you’ll end up with messy nail varnish as well. And then I was off, basically the nail varnish version of Banksy, artistically spraying each nail. As with all spray things it was a little tricky to start with, getting used to the pressure and distance needed to get a good layer on. As such my nails were a little uneven and a couple weren’t properly covered, but I imagine this will get better with practice – I bet even Banksy had a few messy graffiti days before perfecting his craft! Be aware that your fingers will feel like their being frozen when sprayed, but it does go away quite quickly once you stop.
I had read that while the nail varnish itself tends to stay in the one place, the glitter in the silver is a little more airborne and can make its way across the room. I can now personally verify this fact; no matter how careful you are, glitter does somehow end up everywhere (yes, even on the dog), but I think the world could do with a little more sparkle, so it didn’t really bother me.
Washing off the product is a little harder than just a quick wash and go – after a few goes at the sink with little effect, I tried soaking my fingers in a bowl of soapy water and then giving them a scrub. This did get most of it off, but there were still little bits around the edges of my nails, which I eventually scraped off with my other nails throughout the next day.
I finished up with my lovely Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, just to seal the deal, though it isn’t compulsory. Even with my glossy top coat, the texture of my nails felt a little rough as the spray dries quite matte, but they looked great and I went to bed feeling excited that I might have found a new way to get around the bed-sheet nail varnish crumples.
Sadly this feeling didn’t last, as my nails began to chip just the next day, and by Sunday evening, most of the varnish had come completely off. For once, we weren’t actually doing anything particularly stressful for my nails over the weekend, so I was quite disappointed – usually, my nails usually last 3-4 days before showing signs of wear and tear.
Ultimately, the Nails Inc Spray Can is definitely worth a try (especially considering that it is cheaper than their other nail varnishes, at £10), particularly if you’re a fan of doing your nails with friends, or if you want sparkly nails for an event. I think that once you’ve mastered the art of the spray, it’s quite quick and easy, and the drying time is certainly great. If Nails Inc could improve its longevity, the product would definitely become a staple of my nail routine, but for now it’ll remain in the ‘not for serious, everyday wear’ box.