Ni Zao (good morning in Chinese)!
This morning I have a new brand of nail polish to show you. The brand is called HJ Manicure, and it was launched in 2009 by Helen J., who is a manicurist and model based in London.
HJ Manicure is comprised of both seasonal colors as well as limited edition colors and nail treatments. The polishes come in both regular sized bottles (15ml) and mini ones (5ml), for select shades.
There are about 30 colors right now available, and she just released her winter collection called the Snow Collection.
The formula on the ones I tried was pretty good. I did have some tip shrinkage with one of them, but that could be because I was in a huge rush to swatch it before the sun disappeared.
I apologize in advance for the horrific pictures. I took these inside in a tiny swatch of sun peeking through my sliding glass door. Plus I always find mini-bottles hard to hold and have your hand look decent! Peep ’em out!
R8 is a dark primer grey creme. This is much darker than RBL Concrete or Stormy, in case you wondered. This one is from her core collection, and is available as a mini. This was two coats.
Tinsel is a royal purple with tons of light purple and red shimmer. This picture doesn’t do the color justice, it’s gorgeous! It has a lit-from-within effect that I so adore. This was three coats.
Midnight Sky is a super dark, vampy blue with blue shimmer. Again, pictures don’t do this color justice. I did have issues with this one being slightly “watery” and you can see the tip shrinkage on my ring finger. However the color is beautiful, and I think most of the problem was me. This was three coats.
I think these are really nice colors, and the line looks very promising. My only complaint would be that they are based in London, therefore aren’t that easy to get here in the US.
As far as pricing, the 15ml bottles are £8.50 which translates to about $16-17.00 US and the 5ml bottles are £3.50 which is about $6-7.00 US. You can find them here.
Ok ladies & gents, what do you guys think? Fellow Brits (LOL!), have you tried these yet and if so, what’s the verdict?