Tuesday, 13 March 2012

HIPP x RGB Nail Foundations

The HIPP x RGB collection is a collaboration between RGB and celebrity 'green manicurist' Jenna Hipp. The Nail Foundations are designed to match your skin tone just like regular foundation to give the perfect nude manicure. There are four shades: F1, F2, F3 and F4, where F1 is the lightest and F4 is the darkest.



From left to right; F1, F2, F3 and F4


F3 and F4 are darker than my skin tone but I have applied them all to my nails so you can get an idea of the colours and coverage. Two coats gives good opaque coverage with all four foundations. I find the size and shape of both the bottle and brush easy to handle. I did experience some dragging if I had to go back over an area whilst applying a coat, so it helps to be precise first time. The RGB formula is free of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), in fact I recall London Makeup Girl mentioning that they are in fact 4-free as they are also free from camphor. The polish lasted well on my (notoriously difficult) nails. I'm not sure if the fact that I used my BECCA 2-in-1 as a base coat helped with the lasting power, this is also a 4-free formula so it's probably a good match as a base coat.





I have to admit that I'm not sure whether I prefer F1 or F2 on my hands. F2 is a bit too dark to truly give the effect of mannequin hands but the undertone blends in better with my skin, whereas F1 seems to highlight the redness in my skin. F1 will probably be more flattering when my hands are less winter abused.



Although the idea of the nail foundations is for them to match your skin tone, I really like the colour of F3. In the top picture, I think it looks unfairly.....erm, dungy which is why I have included the whole hand picture to give you a better idea of the colour.


F4 is a really rich deep brown and I think it has the most glossy finish of the Nail Foundations.

As well as the Nail Foundation, there are four Nail Tints available which offer similar skin matching shades but in a sheer finish. I actually think I will get on better with these for finding my perfect skin match and I always thing that sheer fleshy colours are a good choice if you struggle to keep a manicure looking perfect.

The HIPP x RGB Nail Foundations cost £11.50 each and are available from Mise Beauty, who ship worldwide.

Disclosure: These items were sent to me without cost for review purposes.


  1. oh I LOVE! I love nude nails and I love creams and I love dark glossy nails, so just a total love'athon from me! (Sorry just had coffee with caffeine and splenda - peeled myself of ceiling before typing my comment, off to run myself round the house til I calm down!)

  2. "Dungy"? Haha, I like that. F3 looks lovely, quite chocolatey :D

    Devon xx

  3. I agree, in the above pics your fingers/hands look best in shade F2!

  4. I've never tried 'free from' nail polish before, so these look interesting and not wishy washy at all. The F1 and F2 are right up my street, as I've gone off colour on my nails for some weird reason. On you, I think F2 looks great.

  5. I think this is a fantastic concept, I adore F1 and F2, they are the most perfect nude shade.

  6. I like F1 and F2, but i think i would prefer the sheer finish of the Nail Tints

  7. I like the idea behind these, though think the Nail Tints might be a better option for me.
    I do like the look of the darker ones on you as well, though for a match can't decide if the F1 or F2 works best for you, perhaps you could do with a F1.5 ;) xx


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