The Nails: TOMA Gone Shopping!

I can’t believe my last nails post was literally twenty days ago! Of course, the nails have seen many a change in this time, and at one point, I was walking around with four different colours and finishes on my ten talons. Of course, that’s not really a great look, but with it being so very cold, most of the time my hands were firmly in my pockets and covered in gloves when they weren’t. Still, I got called up on it a few times, but what do I care!

Right now, I’m trying out some colours from the Gone Shopping collection from Toma*, a nail brand I already know and love and have written about HERE.  As with all their colours, I love the way two coats will give you exactly the colour you see in the bottle. Don’t you hate it when you’re on your fourth coat of varnish and you’re still looking at a wimpy version of the colour in the bottle – the colour you bought it for, I’ll add! Not so with Toma varnishes. No streaking either and the perfectly shaped fat-ish brush makes application easy and almost mistake-free.

Regent Street is a very deep grey with a tinge of purple and I think it’s a perfect dupe for one of my past favourites, Paradoxal by Chanel.

5th Avenue is a great multi-coloured glitter in a clear base with lots of turquoise blue, pink and silver glitter. It goes on beautifully, again, no streaking and gives great coverage. So many glitters need to be “dabbed” onto the nail, this can be applied in strokes just as you would a regular nail varnish.

Bond Street is a very classic red, not too blue, not too orange. I love this shade on me, but I can imagine this would look even nicer on someone with paler skin than mine. 

I love the names; calling on all the fabulous international shopping destinations in the world…right up my street, (ooops, sorry, I just couldn’t resist that one!). Other shades include Champs Elysees (a deep merlot), Rodeo Drive (a very dark, almost black, purple) and Oxford Street (a khaki green).

In all these photos, I’ve used base and top coat, and two coats of varnish, (with just one coat of the 5th Avenue glitter over Regent Street). I’ve been playing with so many base and top coats, but this time around I went back to Seche Vite and Seche Base, and I’ve fallen in love with both of them all over again!

Have you tried Toma varnishes? They are £7.25 each and you can buy them on the Mad Beauty website. 

*PR Samples



  1. January 22, 2013 / 3:03 pm

    They all look lovely but I especially love the sparkly one – what can I say, I’m a magpie!

    • January 22, 2013 / 10:37 pm

      It is especially gorgeous!! I tried the glitter over the red, that’s so pretty too!
      Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

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