|My sister-in-law, niece, and I raided the local Sephora. They are having a major sale on nail polish!|
On my nails (clockwise starting with the thumb): Dior in Lucky, Illamasqua in Creator, Nail Colour in Sugar Plum Fairies, Nails Inc. Feathers series in Brighton, and Dior in Riviera.
I'm not a big fan of spending a lot of money on nail polish so it is hard for me to admit this. But I experienced a huge difference in the $24 bottle of Dior nail color. It wasn't as watery as the other brands, and a quick coat of it resulted in a brilliantly shiny, smooth surface. I could ALMOST see why people would pay that much for nail polish...almost.
My sister-in-law thought the Illamasqua formula was high quality. She had used a regular polish. The Illamasqua polish I used in Creator had glitter in it, and I thought it was a little runny. I had to put on 3 coats to get an even look. Similarly, the Nail Colour in Sugar Plum required 3 coats and a lot of manipulating of the glitter so that the sparkles would be evenly distributed. In the end, I still had a couple of "bald" spots.
The most difficult polish to apply was the Nails Inc. Feather series polish. It is like clear polish with confetti thrown in the mix. The formula was so thick that I just had a blob sitting on my nail. Like the glitter polishes, I had to physically move the confetti around to make it look decent. When it dried, I looked like I had astroturf on my nail. Not recommended.
Here are some of the Nails Inc. Leather Effect Polish options
I tried it in a light gray color named Old Compton Street. I don't know if I'd say it resembles leather, but I appreciate the texture. More the appearance than the feeling. It's like you have a plastic nail that feels like an emery board, but less rough. Despite the odd graininess, I dig it!