Nails Inc Feathers Effect Polish Swatches & Review

Nails Inc Feathers

Nails Inc. has a new collection out for spring called Feathers. Feathers is a special effect polish which is supposed to give your nails a “feathery” look by using short bar glitter.

There are four polishes in the collection, each using two shades of short bar glitter. Edinburgh uses peach and pale blue, Brighton uses teal and yellow, Cornwall uses blue and white, York uses peach and white.

Nails Inc Feathers 2
Brighton, York, Cornwall

Nails Inc Brighton
Brighton (flash)

Nails Inc Brighton 2
Brighton (no flash)

Brighton uses teal green and yellow shades, and of the three I received, it’s my favorite color combo. However the effect just didn’t really work for me.

First off the polish is fairly thick, but in order to get full (or mostly full) coverage, you probably need three coats. The more coats you put on, even after waiting a few minutes in-between, the thicker and gloopier the polish gets, especially towards the tips. But also there are still bald areas on my nails, which I don’t like.

Since the bar glitter is straight it sometimes wants to stick off the tip of your nail or around your cuticles. To deal with that issue I just lightly push it where I want it to lay with my finger. Aside from all that it still doesn’t look like feathers at all to me. It just looks like a lot of bar glitter haphazardly sitting on my nails.

Nails Inc York
York (flash)

Nails Inc York 2
York (no flash)

York had a bit of a thinner more watery consistency, and it was a little easier to apply in three coats.

Nails Inc Cornwall
Cornwall (flash)


Nails Inc Cornwall 2
Cornwall (no flash)

Cornwall was the thickest for me and the hardest to get even.

Nails Inc Feathers Collage

Overall: Well here is what I think. If you love bar glitter (though this is much shorter than typical bar glitter) you might like this simply because it is kind of interesting looking. It could look cool over other polishes also. But they aren’t super easy to work with, and it doesn’t look like feathers to me at all.

Availability: February at Sephora.

Pricing: $9.50 for 0.33 oz.

What do you think about these? Usually people either love or hate bar glitter.


Note: Nails Inc. is cruelty free.

Disclosure: The product(s) in this post were provided to me by the manufacturer or their PR company for consideration. For more information please visit my legal page.


  • January 25, 2013

    I’m meh about these honestly. They had potential to look cooler but, like you said, they definitely don’t look like feathers. Even over other polishes the effect is just meh.

  • January 25, 2013

    These are kind of fun and different. Recently I’ve been putting 1-2 glitter polishes over a matching shade to avoid bald spots and they seem to last longer. I would probably do that with these polishes too. Thanks for swatching them!
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  • January 25, 2013

    Yeah this looks like the shredded paper they use for packaging :S
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  • January 25, 2013

    Hmm, not the most amazing effect, really doesn’t look like feathers!! The colours are nice though xx

  • January 25, 2013

    These look really cool, but I don’t have the patience to work with them

  • January 25, 2013

    I think these could be cool for nail art. I can envision lots of tape manis using these.

  • January 25, 2013

    I am actually sort of in love with it. I think it would be totally awesome on a statement finger during the summer or in some other way where there is just a little bit of it. I just think that feathers is a bad name for it.

  • January 25, 2013

    It kind of weirds me out. I’m not a huge fan! But I appreciate you swatching and reviewing so I could make that decision without having to buy it myself! :)
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  • January 25, 2013

    Not feeling this one. They look like the confetti you’d find on the floor after the party is over.

  • January 25, 2013

    I don’t like bar glitter at all, so I do not like these. It doesn’t look like feathers to me, it does look like shredded paper like someone else mentioned. Just not an appealing look to me at all.

  • January 25, 2013

    I admit I’m the not the biggest bar glitter fan, but I don’t like these at all. I agree, they don’t look like feathers, just shredded paper, or worse.

  • January 25, 2013

    Hmmm it dosnt call my attention at all, I dont know why, looks kinda flat.

  • January 25, 2013

    Bar glitters don’t really do it for me, but I do like the idea of short bar glitters a bit more and I can (kind of) see the feather effect. I think layered over a cream they could work.
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  • January 25, 2013

    York looks cute, but I hate glitters and hate taking them off. So I definitely won’t be checking these out. They did have the potential to be cool, though.

  • January 25, 2013

    Not for me, so far meh about the textured nail trend in general. Thanks for posting them though.

  • January 25, 2013

    Looks really nice in the bottle, but not on nails. Brighton has a nice colour combination.
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  • January 25, 2013

    I think that York looks more like feathers than the other two, just because the shade is a little closer to the white color than the other two. If you throw white bar confetti into a dark color its just going to look way too contrasting. I think it would be awesome if they did it with more pastel colors. Brighton is cool to me because it has a Ninja Polish – Floam vibe to me 😛

  • January 25, 2013

    I don’t dislike the effect, but it kind of strange looking. I probably will pick up a bottle of ‘Brighton’ though because my best friend lives there and I just think that’s neat haha
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  • January 25, 2013

    I’m not sure about them…I definitely don’t see feathers though. I’m not a huge fan of bar glitters so I think I’ll pass. Great swatches though!
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  • January 25, 2013

    I like the idea, but the colour combos don;t really scream birds to me. York is the only ones that comes close to feathers for me, I would total do an owl design over that one, it’s a very owly colour :)

  • January 25, 2013

    I’m not very keen on these.
    I just think bar glitter looks really messy, and even more so in these colours.

  • January 25, 2013

    These are very … INTERESTING, and they look like candy!

  • January 25, 2013

    Honestly – they gross me out. I could feel goosebumps rising on my skin. Blech!

  • January 25, 2013

    I’m on of those that don’t like bar glitter. At all.

  • January 25, 2013

    In theory, I think the idea is cool. But it doesn’t play out that way on the nails. That said, I might get one to check it out. I’d pick the teal/yellow one because of how the colors play off each other well.

  • January 25, 2013
    Victoria S Andrews

    Really hate them! Really..hate..them. Bar glitter just is wrong on so many levels.

  • January 25, 2013

    Even if there’s one named for my home city of Edinburgh, you couldn’t tempt me. These look disgusting.

  • January 25, 2013

    Brighton reminds me of Easter bubblegum eggs. Yum!
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  • January 25, 2013

    I loathe bar glitter! Polishes with too many bars just seem to make one’s nails look “hairy”.

  • January 25, 2013

    It’s kind of cool. but I don’t know if I could get into it.
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  • January 25, 2013

    I like bar glitter, but I like it in moderation. I’m actually glad to see a nail polish fad that I don’t care for; I was starting to think that I didn’t have discriminating taste at all.
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  • January 25, 2013

    Ok, this is definitely not something I want. There is no feather effect and the result is not great. Definitely skipping this.
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  • January 26, 2013

    I really like these! But they would probably look better layered..

  • January 26, 2013

    This. Is. My. Own. Personal. Nightmare.
    Bar glitter. Bar glitter everywhere. I want to scream. I want to cry. I want to run away.
    Why Nails Inc. why? These are by far the worst nail polishes I have ever seen. I am grossed out. *shudders*
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  • January 26, 2013

    I’m not that much into bar glitters but Brighton was a fun colour combination though :)
    Maybe for layering and not on it’s own…?

  • January 26, 2013

    They look cool, but I’m not sure they are for me. Maybe on an accent nail.

  • January 26, 2013

    Eww. They look like bacteria samples viewed under a microscope.

  • January 27, 2013

    Haha definitely get points for creativity. They look so funny to me, but in a good way… the blue looks like if Cookie Monster were a nail polish… I wouldn’t wear them but I do kinda like them, I can see these being crazy exciting for very young girls
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  • January 27, 2013

    I actually really like these! I definitely agree with everyone that feathers is not a good choice to describe these. But I dig the fact that it’s a breakaway from all the glitter polishes I’ve been seeing.
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  • January 27, 2013

    York kind of reminds me of a orange creamsicle, so I’m mildly tempted by that one, but other than that they aren’t doing a lot for me.
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  • January 28, 2013

    I’ve fallen for my fair share of nail polish trends, but this is just not appealing at all. My first impression is just “eew”.

  • January 30, 2013

    I was really looking forward to these, but after seeing the swatches, not so much. Oh well!

  • January 30, 2013

    While I really like the color combos, I am not a fan of this texture. Anything that could look or feel rough on my nails, I just can’t stand.
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