Written by Natasha Lawrence
Meet Paintbox, a self-described ‘modern manicure studio’. Founded by former beauty editor, Eleanor Langston, Paintbox isn’t your average nail studio. At Paintbox, you won’t see a nail polish wall, and chunky manicure stations. Instead, you’ll find champagne and mani-cams. It’s also strictly manicure only.
On a brisk winter day in New York, I visited Paintbox to see what all the hype is about. I soon discovered that if you’re looking for an average no-fuss manicure, this place isn’t for you. They do offer a no-fuss manicure, but I guarantee you’ll be tempted to try something a little more bold. Upon arriving, I was handed a menu, in which was Paintbox’s curated editorial nail looks, along with signature designs named after their neighbours on Crosby Street. Think the Rachel Comey, and the Soul Cycle. This season’s designs included New Movement, Double Take and Freeze Frame. All completely different, and all something that you wouldn’t find at your average nail salon.
After being handed my complimentary glass of champagne, I was led to one of eighteen nail stations for a luxe, waterless service. Water is the number one cause of a ruined manicure. I went with the big chill (as seen above), which consisted of a Swarovski crystal being played at the base of a solid nail polish. I went with navy, but other recommended colours included an ice blue and a light grey.
I also spoke with Eleanor to learn more about Paintbox and what trends she see’s for Spring 2019.
Tell us a little bit more about Paintbox.
Paintbox is a modern approach to a nail studio. It’s on 17 Crosby in SoHo and is known for minimalist nail art that’s sophisticated and chic. Our studio is elevated in every way–from the complimentary champagne and wine, to the creative artists that guide you through your appointment, and to the look-book of manicure designs that change each season.
What nail trends are coming up for Spring 2019?
For spring, we’re really into foils and chromes with graphic negative space, dusty pinks and caramel tones, and texture contrasts like glitters/mattes, foils/opaque polishes, etc. We’re excited for our spring/summer collection to launch in early March.
Visit Paintbox at 17 Crosby St., New York, NY.