After a few false starts -- did anyone else's "Caviar" manicures chip off everywhere? -- textured nail polishes are getting better and more sophisticated. Gone are chalk board nails and stick-on sequins -- we're now welcoming nail polish textured like fabric.
Last month, Revlon introduced six limited-edition nail textures in its Leather and Tweed Collection. The "tweed" polishes -- Tweed Mini, Woven Clutch and Uptown -- are made from multi-coloured glittered strands designed to be worn as a top coat over a color. They aren't quite as uniformly patterned as the actual fabric, but more like glittery versions of Sally Hansen’s Fuzzy Coat polishes.
The "leather" part of Revlon's collection -- Rock Chic, Motorcycle Jacket and Downtown (shown above, bottom left) -- is designed to produce a matte effect with just one coat. These look pretty much the same as Nails Inc.’s Leather Effect polishes that were launched February of last year, but are a fraction of the price. My top pick would have to be Motorcycle Jacket, a plain black -- my favorite way to wear leather.
All six Revlon polishes, priced at $4.50 a bottle, are available from now until July 2014 at select Duane Reade, CVS and Bed Bath & Beyond locations.
Another nail polish maker, Ciaté, is out with its own take on tweed this season in the form of six "tweed effect" polishes. Like Revlon's polishes, three are made from glittered strands (see the three middle fingers in the picture, right); the other half are mixed glittered shapes (see thumb and pinky nails). Thankfully, they are just simple glittered polishes -- no handy work required -- and therefore far less messy. All six can be purchased for $15 each at asos.com.
With these new launches just ahead of spring, will you be leaving your pastel manicures behind and opting for "fabric fingers" instead?