Bags, shoes and manicures, all under one roof. Dreamy, am I right? But it's not a dream, MatchBags on Dukes Street in Central Brighton is a three storey girly haven, offering designer-quality bags on the ground floor, Italian leather shoes upstairs, and an OPI nail salon, MatchNails in the attic.
MatchNails is possibly one of the nicest salons I've ever been in, certainly the nicest I've been to in Brighton. (The Beauty Shed is in Hove, so I'm allowed to have two favourites.) The white and lilac walls and big gold Buddha statue in the large, bright window make for a really calming atmosphere. With white leather massage pedicure chairs facing a cosy contemporary fireplace and a manicure station with luxurious leather benches, it's a beautiful setting in which to unwind.
There's a short and simple list of mini, basic and delux manicure and pedicure services on offer, all using OPI products, with a choice of either classic or gel polishes. By offering solely nail services, I feel the salon establishes itself as nail specialists, the go-to place for a beautiful manicure in Brighton.
I arrived for my appointment* after a bloggers brunch at Carluccios, where I'd been eyeing up Sophie's OPI gel mani that she'd had done at MatchNails earlier in the week. It looked so glossy and lovely I was tempted to follow suit- but last time I got gels it ended in disaster. I couldn't resist picking them off when they started to chip and ended up damaging my natural nail. Bearing this in mind, I decided to be sensible and go for a classic, basic mani.
I collected my first stamp on my loyalty card (five stamps = a free treatment) and I'll definitely be going back to try out those massage pedicure chairs, and to have another pop at a gel manicure when I go on holiday!