Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish in Argyle Street (mini), swatch

Nails Inc. — Argyle Street (Gel Effect Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Nails Inc. 2016 Fall, Gel Effect All Fired Up Charcoal Nail Polish

Today’s polish, Argyle Street, is a 5 mL mini that I got in a set last fall. The formula is one of Nails Inc.’s many, inconsistently named Nail Fuel polishes, which include random ingredients from popular “superfoods” and other trendy substances.

This particular line is called Gel Effect All Fired Up Nail Polish, or All Fired Up Fuelled by Charcoal Gel Effect Nail Polish, or…I don’t know. Some retailers just label it as Charcoal Nail Polish, too.

Activated charcoal is an ingredient that has been popping up in skincare and haircare products. It’s normally used in water filters and other purification systems, since it adsorbs a variety of organic and inorganic impurities. Nails Inc. claim their charcoal polish will “protect your nails against harmful pollutants”. They don’t tell us what kinds of pollutants these might be, of course. Frankly, if the charcoal is mixed in with the polish and just hardens into it, I don’t see how it’ll be doing much adsorption of various substances from your nails (or is it adsorbing substances from the polish itself? Heh).

Anyway, Argyle Street is an opaque, soft pastel pink with a peachy undertone. It’s quite a lovely neutral for warm-toned skin. Incidentally, in this creamy polish, I see zero hint of black charcoal. Can charcoal be ground finely enough that it’s not visible in a pastel-colored nail polish? I’m curious!

Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish in Argyle Street (mini)
Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish in Argyle Street (mini)

This polish applies very smoothly and surprisingly evenly for a pastel cream. The formula is so nice: not too thick nor too thin, and with a nice amount of “pull”. Argyle Street is fully opaque with two coats.

The bottle and brush design are very nice for a mini sized polish. You can check out my review of Nails Inc. Mayfair Market for an extended review.

Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish in Argyle Street (mini), swatch
Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish in Argyle Street (mini), swatch
Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish in Argyle Street (mini), label
Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish in Argyle Street (mini), label

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Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish contains 14 mL and retails for GB£15 / US$15 / CA$16. The formula is free from toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

Nails Inc. was launched by fashion editor Thea Green as a chain of nail bars in 1999. Founded in London, England, the company currently has 60 locations in the UK.

🌱Vegan
🇫🇷Made in France
🇬🇧Company based in UK

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5 thoughts on “Nails Inc. — Argyle Street (Gel Effect Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

  1. What a bunch of BS about the activated charcoal! XD I took activated charcoal capsules to help with a stomach issue… it’s not pleasant!
    Hmm I do wonder where the charcoal particles are hiding in this creamy light coloured polish! Colour me curious as well.
    The shade and formula look amazing though!

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  2. I like charcoal in skincare products, but… in nail polish? Seriously? I like Nails Inc, but this is getting a bit gimmicky.

    Haha, I love your comment about absorbing stuff from the polish, I mean, what else is it supposed to do.

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  3. UMMM OOOKKKAYYYY! CAN I JUST SAY THIS SHADE IS PERFECT?! Seriously, this is like one of those shades I am always hunting for. LOVE IT. It’s absolutely gorgeous. The charcoal thing is a bit weird, but whatever! I LOVE THAT COLOR! SOLD!

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