Nails Inc Gel Effect St James

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 I really want to get on board with this whole gel effect nail polish trend but I just can’t. This is the best I’ve tried, the gloss is amazing and it really does look like gel HOWEVER it chips within the day if I don’t wear a top coat and if I do.. well whats the point of the special formula? My Seche Vite makes every polish I wear look gel-like so I guess I’ve been spoiled by that but ultimately there’s little point to a high shine finish if it’s not hard wearing I don’t think this (or any other) is. Bizarrely enough on the Nails Inc website it even recommends using a base and top coat – madness I tell you!

IMG_7653Rant aside this is a very nice formula, streak free and very opaque but a little thick and slow to dry (hence the dent in my thumb above) – but that’s to be expected. I guess I’m just not sold on the concept but if a brand brings out a chip resistant (I’m looking at 5 days or more) version I could be swayed. Obviously everyone is different and if you have no need for a top coat and only wear one for the shiny finish this is probably your holy grail but I need me my seche vite or I’m repainting daily.

Available online for £14.00

Miss BB



  1. 24 September, 2013 / 12:45 pm

    Every gel polish I’ve used takes HOURS to dry! Just don’t understand it. But to be honest any polish chips after even one day on me. Usually I love the Nails Inc releases but I think I’ll pass on this one 🙁

  2. Stephanie
    24 September, 2013 / 1:46 pm

    I’ve heard some people say this lasts 5 days + without chipping then others who say after a day the chipping begins, its a super mixed bag. I love a high shine but same as you, seche vite does the job for me. Plus nails inc brought out no colours I was really ‘wowed’ with 🙁 x

  3. Alice
    24 September, 2013 / 2:35 pm

    All nail polish, regardless of finish or price, chips on me within 24 hours without a topcoat and only lasts another 2 or 3 days with one. It’s really annoying, so if anyone has any recommendations I’d be very grateful

    • missbudgetbeauty
      25 September, 2013 / 5:08 pm

      thank you

  4. 25 September, 2013 / 10:07 pm

    It’s a beautiful colour, but it’s a pity it doesn’t do what it says it should do. And nails inc normally has great products 🙁

    Lovely review 🙂 x

    Loren |

    • missbudgetbeauty
      27 September, 2013 / 11:31 am

      h it has a great gel shine it just doesn’t last but I wouldn’t expect it to.. without a top coat which then negates the point of the finish

  5. 7 August, 2014 / 7:53 pm

    I loved this post it was super helpful, because I have been looking at those polishes for ages, but I’m not wasting money on a products thats not goo quality for it’s price. Thanks Again!

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