For years, acrylic nails where my ‘go to’ – if they weren’t fake, they weren’t right. Yet as I’ve gotten older, I find myself opting for lower maintenance, more natural beauty treatments. That’s why, when the lovely team at Nails Inc sent some of their new Paint Can products through my letter box, I could not wait to try them out!
What are Paint Cans?
Well, these paint cans are actually the worlds first ‘spray on’ nail polish… I know, I can’t believe they haven’t been invented sooner either! They retail at around £10 per can and come in 8 very pigmented, opaque colours.
How do the Paint Can’s work?
Well, before you can get started with the fun part, you need to prime your nails with the Nails Inc 2 in 1 Base and Top Coat (sold separately). This base coat should dry within around 30 seconds, and then its time to pick your colour. The two I am obsessed with lately are Shoreditch Lane and Mayfair market, can you tell I’m into my metallic’s?
Once you are satisfied with your base coat and colour choice, its time to get creative! I would recommend moving somewhere well ventilated or even outside as the fumes can be pretty pungent, and that’s coming from someone who’s favourite smell is petrol!
Keeping the can around 10-15cm away from your nail, spray the colour in short, sharp bursts until the nail is completely covered. If you want to get the most out of your mani-pedi, use the Nails Inc 2 in 1 Base and Top coat for a second time over the paint to lock in the colour.
At this point, your nails should look amazing, but the rest of your hands look like you’ve just come back from a round of paint balling. After trying a few different methods of removing the excess paint, I find the best method is to just soak your hands in some warm, soapy water for 30-60 seconds. This softens the paint enough for it to be removed easily with a wash cloth without faulting your new nails.
All in all, this process takes around 10 minutes. Its easy, quick and most of all, a bit of fun to break up the usual monotonous chore of painting your nails.
The only thing I can fault about the product is the lasting power, or lack thereof. After about 2 days or wear, the colour does tend to start chipping, but it’s nothing a quick top up can’t fix.
Having tried pretty much every nail trend, this is definitely my favourite and most manageable. I’m sure we’ll be seeing Nails Inc expand their range in the near future, and I’ll be recommending every variation when they do.
Have you tried any spray paint polishes? Let me know below!