Nails Inc Oxford, Wimbledon, and Cambridge
A while ago, I was selecting my first Nails Inc lacquers from an online store. That particular site didn’t have many in stock then. I finally decided on The Candy Shop set since it was cheaper to get a box set.
The Candy Shop set has three pastel cremes and a sheer pastel shimmer. I first swatched the three pastels and tried layering the sheer shimmer, Richmond, on top. That was a disaster because Richmond was a lumpy, streaky mess. As such, I am only showing you the three cremes today.
Oxford, Wimbledon, and Cambridge. Sounds almost like a tennis match between the two universities! Yet, the set is named The Candy Shop. I don’t know what the connection is, really. I believe this collection was released in Summer 2011.
Oxford, the nail polish, is a pastel baby blue. It is not to be confused with Oxford Street, which is a matte black polish by the same company. On a side note, I do find their polish names confusing for they do repeat part of the names. They also don’t seem to have any relation to the colour.
With the exception of Wimbledon, at least for me. Wimbledon is a pastel yellow-green. Reminds me of the colour of some tennis balls. I have the same impression of OPI Simply Smashing, from the Serene Williams Grand Slam Collection.
Cambridge is a pastel and slightly smoky pink. Not quite bubblegum pink because of that.
These are pastels, so they are white based. This next photo taken with flash thus causes them to look more washed out than they really are.
In terms of application, these have the rather typical issues of pastel cremes. The first coat, a thin one, was absolutely streaky and uneven. I had to use thicker coats for the second and third layers. It did self-level a little.
All three dried with a shiny finish and I did not use a top coat for these photos.
I actually like looking at them together. They look very happy as a set. Could be something to consider for a skittles mani, if you have other pastels to match.
I have two other photos under indoor lighting and without flash. This next one is the most colour-accurate.
I may try swatching the shimmer, Richmond, on its own another time. If I manage to get it to behave, I will post the photos.