Howdy nail people! Hope everyone's weekend is off to a great start!
I have a bottle spam/ eye candy post for you today featuring polishes I'm really feeling for Spring. It's finally rainy and warmer here in Chicagoland, and stuff is budding and spouting, so I thought it was high time for a look at the shades I'll be taking inspiration from this season!
Some of these polishes are personal favorites of mine, some are classic but new-to-me, and some are untrieds that I've hoarded for far too long!
Spring= pastels, right? Well, yes. But I think there's always room for a bright here and there, or even something darker! Proportionally, I don't own a ton of pastels. I guess I tend to gravitate toward midtones and darks more, but lately that's changing!
I pulled...a lot of polishes. I got a little carried away, and so to manage the volume of polishes (and make it a little more interesting), I decided to break them down into groups based on their finish instead of their color. Previously, I've always sorted them for photos by color, but I had a lot of fun doing it this way.
I would love some feedback on which format you prefer or find more helpful! Are you ready??!
semi-clockwise from top: Misa- Blue Jade Vine, LVX- Cerise, Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine- Papaya, Illamasqua- Harem, Estée Lauder- Rosa Rosa, Essie- Mint Candy Apple, OPI- Mod About You, Zoya- Lo, LVX- Deco, Rescue Beauty Lounge- Plié
I know cremes are the least interesting finish for a lot of people, but I really have a soft spot for them. There's something about a swath of pure, beautiful color! And, of course they are perfect foundations for nail art.
Illamasqua- Harem, in the middle, is one of my favorite creme polishes I own, period. Is it purple? is it pink? No one knows, but it's super pretty and flattering! OPI- Mod About You I have so far only ever worn on my toes but I loved how it looked (other than the fact that it chipped quickly).
LVX- Deco probably looks super similar to Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine- Papaya, and well, it is, but there's definitely a color value difference. I've worn the Barry M recently and it was lovely, but it dries darker than bottle color. Maybe a comparison is in order for those two.
That version of Essie- Mint Candy Apple is apparently the original one released in 2009, and it's much bluer than the newer Mint Candy Apple sold now. This polish is new to me, and I was honestly expecting something greener, so I'm curious to try it out!
A mildly interesting story about Estée Lauder- Rosa Rosa: I came by it in a pile of polishes that a friend offered to me. Most were dried up, decades-old drugstore polishes beyond revival, but this was one of the gems- and it's in excellent shape! It's a promo-sized baby bottle, only .17oz, but the color is a dusty rose with maybe a hint of coral. A little old school, but I love it! It's my only Estée Lauder polish thus far, but definitely makes me want to try more!
ILNP- Iconic, Nubar- Gem, L. A. Girl 3D Effects- Dazzling Pink, ILNP- Dreaming in Violet
I'm off and on with holos, but always end up falling for them when I wear them- especially in nice sunny weather! I especially love chunkier, scattered versions as opposed to linear holo!
You can't tell by this photo, but Nubar- Gem has been well-loved! The bottle is almost half-depleted! It's got a really chunky mix of holo microglitter, and is neutral but complex and lovely.
ILNP- Iconic is obviously stunning, and I just haven't had an opportunity to wear it yet! L.A. Girl- Dazzling Pink has that chunkier holo shimmer that reminds me of the Zoya scattered holos (Dream, Aurora, Blaze, ect.)
Emily de Molly- Bo Peep, Illamasqua- Fragile, Essie- Hors D'oeuvres, KBShimmer- Sugar Plum Faerie, ILNP- Strawberry Creme
I also haven't historically gravitated towards glitter mixes because of the hassle sometimes involved in application and removal, but that's definitely changing. I'm also pretty picky about the actual mixes. I don't like them too busy, and I'm not super into square or irregular glitters, ect. However, there are so many I've loved recently. (I also love a good peel base, so honestly there's no real excuse to avoid these babies!)
Emily de Molly- Bo Peep has actually made a previous seasonal Bottle Spam post, but I haven't had a chance to wear it yet! (Too much polish, too little time!) But, look at it! It's cute and so perfect for Spring.
I'm wearing Essie- Hors D'oeuvres right now as part of a skittlette nail art thing, and it's really lovely! You'll see that one soon! I've had ILNP- Strawberry Creme since I first became interested in ILNP, and never worn it- but it's such a cute, girly mix. Can't wait to try that out soon!
Is there anything more eggshell-like than Illamasqua- Fragile? I really don't think so. (See it here.)
Superchic Lacquer- Cause & Effect, Illamasqua- Loella, China Glaze- Strawberry Fields, China Glaze- Strike A Rose, OPI- Just Lanai-ing Around, Misa- Peaches and Cream, Nubar- Earthen, Illamasqua- Radium, Illamasqua- Hemlock
Ah yes, shimmers! One of my favorite finishes. They can really range from super subtle to obvious!
China Glaze- Strawberry Fields is new to me, so I am pretty stoked to see what that one's all about! You may see it in a Nailstalgia post! Nubar- Earthen is a tried-and-true neutral greige for me, and yes, it does have shimmer! It's just uber subtle, and gives a nice glow! (Same with OPI- Just Lanai-ing Around, which you can see here.)
Superchic Lacquer- Cause & Effect will be swatched for you soonish along with three others from the Serendipity collection! Illamasqua- Hemlock is super unflattering on me, but it's so unique and beautiful that I still love it! In fact, I'm also wearing it as part of that same skittlette- are you intrigued?! Why does everything have an exclamation mark?!
Even More Shimmers because reasons!
Zoya- Leslie, Zoya- Zara, Picture Polish- Eerie, Indigo Bananas- Electric Unicorns, Indigo Bananas- Roll in Ze Hay, Orly- High on Hope, Emily de Molly- Lace Man, Sally Hansen Triple Shine- Make Waves, Zoya- Dillon, Butter London- Two Fingered Salute, OPI- I Vant to Be A-Lone Star
This second grouping has all types of shimmers, including more complicated ones like glassfleck and larger flake shimmer mixes, as well as a couple that border on frostiness. Also Indigo Bananas- Roll in Ze Hay which has holo, microglitter, and glow-in-the-dark pigment. Didn't know where to put that one!
Orly- High on Hope might be considered dark for Spring, but I'm going to wear whatever I want anyway. Look how pretty it looks in the bottle! Similarly, Butter London- Two Fingered Salute could be considered more of a Fall shade (swatch/ comparison here), but I think it could work! (To be honest, I'm really jonesing for Illamasqua- Melange, but TFS will have to do for now.)
Sally Hansen Triple Shine- Make Waves was a bit of an impulse drugstore purchase, but look at it! I am hoping that it looks that nice on the nail. I've worn Indigo Bananas- Electric Unicorns on my toes, and it looks so incredible that it definitely deserves some phalanges time. I'm just making shit up now! Too Much textwall!
Zoya- Leslie is, of course, from the new Delight collection, and I may be swatching those for you if I can find time! I really want to- I think it's a great Spring offering! If not, you can find bottle shots here and some nail art here!
Misa- Silver Skyline, Zoya- Stevie, Formula X for Sephora- Starfish, Zoya- Monet, China Glaze- Are You Jelly?, NYX- Turquoise Glitter, Studio M- Gel-ous
Textures, a foil, clear-based glitters, jellies!
It's looking a little purple/ lavender-heavy here at the end, but I love them! China Glaze- Are You Jelly? is from Summer 2013's Sunsational neon jelly collection, and I had application problems with those polishes, so I definitely want to give this one a second shot!
Behold, the only nail polish the boyfriend has ever randomly picked out in person for me: Studio M- Gel-ous! It's a bright, dense chartreuse glitter mix in what I think is a clear base. Nyx- Turquoise Glitter has iridescent green-turquoise glitters in a super sheer jelly base.
Zoya- Stevie is one of my favorite original PixieDust polishes! So pretty and so easy to wear! Zoya- Monet you've seen before, but I want to re-visit it. It's slightly suspension base-heavy, so I want to try sponging it on, and possibly mattifying it!
Misa- Silver Skyline is newer, from last years's Fall collection called Warm Days, and it's a metallic lavender foil!
Formula X for Sephora- Starfish is just super lovely (nail art here), and I'm kind of craving it as a full manicure!
That's it! It'll be interesting to see how many of these polishes I can actually use before Summer is in full swing! My strategy is going to be skittles and nail art, of course! Is that cheating? I don't think so!
I'd love to know what your favorite Spring polish is!
*Disclosure: some polishes in this post were provided to me as press samples for honest review, and all opinions are my own.