On average, we touch our eyes over 200 times a day. With all that contact it’s no surprise that eye irritation and contact dermatitis is on the increase, with nail enamel considered a significant cause. If you had an itchy eye one day, a dry eyelid the next or even an under eye rash, looking at your nail varnish may not be your first point of call. My eyes are exceptionally sensitive, suffering from constant irritation and dry patches that I’ve not, until now, thought were the result of my nail varnish. Clinique are very clever so-and-so’s and have spent the last six years developing a nail enamel to help minimise unwanted reactions; the result is a dermotologist and ophthalmologist tested formula that is perfectly suited for sensitive skin and eyes. Called ‘A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins,’ it may not be catchy but it’s certainly innovative. The formulas are thick, pigmented and shiny, providing a great result with only two coats; the flat brush provides a streak-free finish that apparently can last up to seven days (using their topcoat too, obvs.) I am utterly in love with the palest of the range called ‘Call My Buff’ – it’s such a pale grey it almost looks like a pastel lilac, but makes nails look long and glam. Although it takes quite a while to dry, there’s definitely less of the nail-varnish-smell you get with most formulas – bonus for those of us that get headaches after breathing in too many polish fumes! There are currently 12 shades available, covering reds, pinks, nudes and stronger dark shades in blue and black; added to the collection for Spring 2013 are 9 additional colours that include yellow, green and grape – it’s great to know they’re going to be treating the nail range as something that can be expanded over the year. I like these; I like these a lot. Their £12.00 price point may put off the impulse shoppers among us, but nail enthusiasts that like to invest in a few staple shades will surely be swayed into parting with a few quid for a quality product.
Available exclusively via clinique.co.uk from 25th April and on counters nationwide from 31st May. Priced £12.00 each and available in 21 shades for launch.