Monday, 20 April 2015

Swatches: Binky London

Last week we received a very exciting package from Binky London! If, like us, you're a little obsessed with Made In Chelsea you'll be familiar with the gorgeous Alexandra Felstead a.k.a. Binky! Alexandra used her passion for cosmetics to set up Binky London, which includes Binky Nails - 'a sophisticated, trend led nail collection that gives incredible coverage, long lasting wear and amazing gloss'. All the Binky Nails collections have been designed by Alexandra and are produced here in the UK.

We were very keen to test it out and were kindly sent some samples; Lemon Drizzle*, Forget Me Not*, Sky Blue*, Bright Pink*, Marrakesh*, Black* and Gold Rush*.

Would you believe that this swatch is only two coats? I am impressed. Yellows are notoriously weak on coverage and this one was worrying on the first coat as it was a little watery. However, coat number two went on like a dream leaving a stunning streak free, perfectly opaque, finish! This is a fairly bright pastel shade and has enough colour density to really pop without being too garish. A definite must have for summer. This is two coats without top coat.

Forget Me Not* is one of my favourites from the bunch we were sent. It's a really interesting purple shade with hints of blue and grey. Again, the first coat goes on a little watery, but the second coat applies well and provides great coverage. This is two coats without top coat.

I'm not sure I've ever seen a sky quite this bright blue, but that doesn't take anything away from the polish. It's another hit for me. Not one I'd wear on all my nails, but it will be wonderful to include in our nail art. The colour density is something else and really makes this pastel blue shade stand out. Again this is two coats with no top coat. 

Now this polish does what it says on the tin. They've called it Bright Pink* and it truly is bright pink!! There is a slight shimmer to this polish which makes it catch the light beautifully and the colour really seems to glow. I reckon this would be great for festivals or fun summer parties (or just all the time - we love bright nails!) I was really impressed with the gloss finish of this polish, they were all great but this one stood out for me. This is two coats with no top coat. 

Marrakesh* is almost an exact match for Pantone's Colour Of The Year 2015, Marsala. The colour has come out a little off in the images. The true colour is a little more reddish than the brown is appears here. It's a stunning shade and is my top pick from the bunch. It's so versatile you'll be able to wear it all year round. I've only had it a few days and my sister has already come round asking to borrow it! This is two coats without top coat. 

I was really pleased when I unwrapped this polish as I've been needing a new black for a while. Blacks always seem to go gloopy really quickly and mine are all misbehaving. The formula of this one is fairly thin so the first coat looks very sheer. The second coat seems to be magical though (like with some of the previous polishes) as it went on great and left a totally opaque finish. Honestly, I don't know how they do this! I was worried that the colour density might not be strong enough to use for nail art detailing, but I tested it out (you'll see in a bit) and it worked surprisingly well. Again, two coats with no top coat. 

Gold Rush* is a beautiful glitter. Binky London state that it's a one coat but I think it's better with two. I actually used three here as I messed up a few of the nails - two is perfectly adequate. The formula is impressive for a glitter polish and the metallic polish base gives it good coverage. There are various sizes of glitter pieces which all catch the light differently. I've swatched it without topcoat as it's got a really fun textured finish, also, you can see it with topcoat below as I chose this polish as a base for some nail art!
I couldn't test out all these polishes and not include some nail art, so after the swatching was done I whipped up a quick leopard print mani. I used Gold Rush* for a base and added dots of Lemon Drizzle. I then used a small brush to apply the leopard print detail with Black*. A really quick and easy mani that is fun for spring!  

Overall I was impressed with this polish. I didn't know what to expect as the brand is not very well known at the moment, but they've created a great range which includes some beautiful and unique shades (we're also eyeing up some of their mint greens, surprise, surprise). All the polishes come with a soft bristled, rounded brush, that's easy to use and provides a smooth application. The formulas do have a strange consistency, they all seemed really watery on the first coat, but then magically the second coat provided perfect coverage - I'm honestly baffled. The only one with a slightly thicker consistency was Marrakesh* (and Gold Rush* of course). I haven't had a change to test the staying power of these polishes, but I will report back on that asap! 

These polishes are all available to buy online at, and will not break the bank! Prices: Lemon Drizzle: SALE £1.95, Forget Me Not: £2.95, Sky Blue: SALE £1.95, Bright Pink: £2.95, Marrakesh: £2.95, Black: £2.95, Gold Rush: £3.95

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What do you think? Have you added any of these to your polish wishlist? We'd love to know which is your favourite shade - please let us know in the comments!

Jo x

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