The other day I came home to the lovely sight of a parcel and I knew that it was my oh-so-exciting delivery of INTENSAE nail lacquer, and, upon opening them up, I knew instantly that it was love.
A little bit about the brand. INTENSAE nail lacquers are “5 free” nail colours which means they are free of any chemical nasties including formaldehyde, toulene, DBP, camphor and formaldehyde resin and there is no animal testing for their products either. The geniuses behind the brand are photographer Christian Roman and London-based colourist James Samuel and the final product of these nail lacquers really reflect the two skills of the founders.
Firstly the packaging is gorgeous; wide, round and cylindrical with a large sleek black cap these beauties certainly look the part if nothing else! I was kindly allowed to choose two colours and I picked L’Amoureuse ( a very pale baby pink/cream sheer colour) and Grace ( a shimmery grey/silver/gold colour) and I love both of them equally. L’Amoureuse is my new go-to SS13 shade; it goes with everything and has a gorgeous glossy finish and Grace is great for a more glamorous evening colour or even as a chic day colour to add that bit of je-ne-sais-quoi to an outfit. The consistency of these nail varnishes is not too thick nor thin and the small brush allows for very precise application so there’s no grappling around with brushes that are too large to cope with and hence no “colouring out of the lines” type nails à la 10 year old girl.
I’ve had L’Amoureuse on my nails for 4 days now and there is still no sign of chipping which is a good sign as my nail polish has a tendency to chip after about 3; high end and drugstore brands alike. One coat of this colour is the perfect french manicure colour, add another 1 or 2 coats and it gives a thicker, creamy looking nude pink which is what I’m currently sporting and loving (so are many of my friends, judging by the copious amount of compliments and envious looks!)
I’m really impressed by just how professional these gems are, and I’m sure it won’t be too long before they’re much sought after internationally both for nail buffs and manicurists alike.
I’m off now to drool at the rest of the collection on their website- which, did I mention has free shipping?