Nails of The Day – Nails Inc Leather Effect

Today’s nail look is courtesy of Nails Inc and their Leather Effect polish. This particular polish featured alongside 11 other polishes in the Nail Polish Diary set and its unique effect combined with the sophisticated colour has made it a firm favourite of mine since it joined my collection last year.



Nails Inc Leather Effect in Fleet Street applies glossy but soon dries down to a matte, leather-look texture. For obvious reasons it is designed to wear without a topcoat, the only downside being that I do find the polish doesn’t last as long as I’m used to. The texture of the Leather Effect polish is very similar to OPI Liquid Sands, but there is no shimmer so you do achieve a definite leather effect, and I don’t think the finish is quite as rough as I’ve found with the OPI polishes.

I’d describe the colour as mushroom – a sort of purple toned beige polish – and it’s one of those neutral shades I often gravitate towards when choosing polish as they are so wearable and go with so many other colours. It’s also a shade that really suits the matte, textured finish and looks grown-up.


I am really happy with the overall effect and look of the Leather Effect polish. It is so easy to apply and two coats is all it takes to achieve full coverage. Unlike some of the special effect polishes out there that don’t really live up to the name I feel this one is definitely one of the more successful attempts.

Nails Inc had a bit of a revamp last year, with a sleek new logo, new look bottles, and new shades, as well as introducing Alexa Chung as their brand ambassador. As a result of the relaunch some polishes, along with Fleet Street Leather Effect, have been phased out to make way for newer ones, but you can still get the Leather Effects polishes in Old Compton Street, which is a cool gray shade, and Alexa Leather, a stunning black polish, which retail at £15 each. I suspect the Alexa Leather will find its way into my collection very soon!

Have you tried any of the Leather Effect polishes? If so what were your impressions?

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