If you follow TDV on Instagram or Twitter or even Facebook you likely know by now I’m completely and totally in love with this collaboration between Nails Inc. and Victoria Beckham. I adore the polishes and the packaging and the presentation. The only thing I don’t like is the price tag. This is an expensive item. Individually the polishes cost $25. The duo cost $45. Nails Inc sent this to me for review and despite how much I love it I’m not entirely sure I’d spend $45 to get both polishes.
There is a full review of both polishes as well as information on the packaging and a simple nail art look under the jump.
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Packaging and presentation: Nails Inc did an excellent job in terms of presentation of this product. The duo comes in a sleek, white box (that even my cat likes) and the bottles that are inside are a work of art. This new bottle design was designed in part by Victoria Beckham. It’s a concave glass bottle and it is heavy. The bottles look and feel incredibly luxurious which they should as they are made with the finest Venetian glass. Each bottle is hand frosted leaving windows on each side so the polish inside can be seen. Judo Red comes in a matte white bottle; Bamboo White comes in a matte black bottle.
Formula: These polishes boast a new, unique Nails Inc formula that features stretch-to-fit technology and bamboo extract with Silica. The formula comes with quite the list of claims:
- Gives a perfect smooth application
- Builds healthy nails and helps regain their natural shine
- Reduces nail ridges and imperfections
- Promotes nail growth
These claims are based on:
- Stretch-to-fit technology that provides a flexible, self-leveling finish. The color glides onto the nail and fits every contour ensuring a perfectly smooth application.
- Bamboo extract with Silica promotes optimum nail health as it conditions and feeds the nail bed with essential nutrients.
- The Nails Inc Regenerating Complex; a two-fold Aldehyde, Zinc and Calcium blend that boosts the production of keratin for harder, stronger and healthier nails.
The formula is lovely; I used just two coats in my swatches.
Judo Red: This polish may be called Judo Red but I’m seeing orange. Not that I mind as I never get tired of orange nails.
Nails Inc describes Judo Red as a vibrant tomato creme. This is a very orange leaning red (if we’re going to call it a red at all). The color is gorgeous. I like that it’s bright and eye catching but not over the top.
The formula, as with Bamboo White, is perfection. I used just two coats in my swatches.
Nail Art: The inspiration behind this duo was the Victoria, Victoria Beckham SS15 collection. These colors were inspired by the feel of the collection and its subtle incorporation of Japanese elements.
Separately, I don’t seen these Japanese elements Nails Inc speaks of. But, put the two polishes together and I definitely see it.
This is actually a recreation of a manicure I did last summer. I didn’t want to do anything too complicated as VVB seems to be more about graphic details than complicated patterns.
I am obsessed with this manicure. I love the color combination and subtle pop of color. Originally I did this manicure for a Saturday night out but this manicure stayed on my nails for 5 days. And I had zero chips (ZERO!) when I took it off. Perhaps there is something to all that technical mumbo jumbo about the formula.
Final Thoughts: As I said before, these are expensive polishes. And while they do feel luxurious and the formula and wear time is absolutely fantastic this has to be categorized as a collector’s item. If you love Victoria Beckham or are into celebrity/fashion collaborations you will not be disappointed with this duo. This would also make a fantastic gift as the presentation is very impressive.
If I was going to splurge on just one of these polishes I would go with Bamboo White.