Over the past couple of weeks, I've been resisting the nail clippers in attempt to grow my nails. While I do like to let my nails breathe sometimes, my nails weren't looking particularly good enough to go full-out au naturale. Plus, L wanted to see how long my nails were actually getting as he has never really seen them bare as they're always hiding under a coat or two of opaque colours. After all, this whole attempt to appreciate long nails on myself again was per his request. So to make things more bearable for me, I picked up the Nails Inc NailKale Illuminator in hopes that it would give a "my nails but better" finish. 

I'm happy to report back and say that it indeed does give that "your nails but better" kind of finish. The iridescent pearl finish of it brightens the pinks of the nail and whitens the whites. I was pleasantly surprised by how effective a single coat of this polish was at wiping away the appearance of stains from the past six months of dark nail polish wear. In the photograph, I'm wearing two coats of it intensifies the illusion of healthier nails. 


Two coats of the NailKale Illuminator and one coat of the Nails Inc 45 Second Top Coat, and I'm set for days of healthy looking nails. I think I'm starting to like longer nails again, especially nearly-bare ones with just the cheeky duo here applied.

Do you ever skip opaque nail polishes and let you nails be bare?

9 comments

  1. Lovely! My current my nails but better is OPI Bubble Bath -- usually I get it in Shellac form so it lasts weeks!

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  2. My nails are bare right now actually, which rarely happens. I need to embrace it though because in the fall I'll be in a program where I can't wear polish! Ah! So this really appeals to me, thanks!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  3. The polish make your nails look so healthy! I don't really have a "my nails but better" nail polish, but I like giving my nails a breather once in a while.

    blush and simplicity

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  4. I think this nail polish makes it pretty easy to achieve that look! And yes the packaging is amazing! xx

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  5. I haven't had Shellac nails before but I'm interested in giving it a go! xx

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  6. I use to work at a place where I couldn't wear nail polish for two years! Now I can't stop wearing nail polishes because I've missed them so much. xx

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  7. Agreed but the price tag is more friendly on this one. The Nail Glow is really a gorgeous product though! xx

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  8. I like to let my nails breathe some times as well but when they're not looking great, it's hard to let them stay bare for long even though I know it's bad! xx

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  9. It's not the best for your nails, I'll admit, but as an former/occasional nail biter, shellac keeps me on the bandwagon for sure!

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