I often think I could have been quite content as nail polish blogger exclusively. It’s my biggest beauty vice and my collection will never be complete. It’s a relatively inexpensive item that you apply and don’t remove for days, lasts forever (how often do you finish a bottle?) and looks so pretty stacked next to each other in a rack. If ever I feel the need to splurge a bottle or two will satisfy the urge without hurting my bank balance too much. As the seasons change I like to switch up my colour scheme and I thought I’d share with you my picks for the coming months..
Essie – Demure Vix – link
This is one of the first Essie’s I bought, I paid full price for it (I buy a lot from online retailers selling them off at a discount) and I’d pay it again. It’s not from the new diffusion range so the brush is thin but I can make my peace as it’s one of my all time favourite colours. It’s a very neutral greige but don’t be fooled by it’s basic appearance, it contains teeny tiny particles of iridescence that transform this from a neutral to a purple/mauve dependent on the light. I am particularly enamored of this because chips don’t show too badly either so it’s a great one for a few days away if you’ll have little time to retouch. I recently purchased Lady Like from Essie which is very very similar but doesn’t have the extra ‘quality’ so if you like the block colour this looks in the bottle I’d recommend that as an alternative.
MAC – Soiree – link
This is actually prefectly timed as I believe MAC have re-released a lot of their popular polishes recently and this is one of them. It’s a beautiful rose gold metallic shade that is so on trend right now. It was originally part of their Champale Collection New Year 2011 if my memory serves me but I’m pleased to see it available again. As with all of my limited shades I tend to save it for ‘best’ but knowing I can replace it I will get a lot more use from it this season. One note with this is it’s not a foil it’s a fine glitter so removal is a bitch but it’s gorgeous while it lasts!
Xtras – Gold Glitter – similar
On another glittery note this is a new addition to my collection and one I’ve already used a lot! It’s available in a variety of metallic tones which I will be picking up soon as it just adds that element of festive sparkle to any polish. It’s made up of shunky glitter in different sizes which is actually easier to remove than you might think. My main ‘issue’ with this is that the polish in which the glitter is suspended is not clear, it has a golden hue and so it does effect the base colour but it’s not a deal breaker. I love it just on my ring finger but more often than not I can’t resist painting them all.
Deborah Lippmann – Razzle Dazzle – link
This is one of the only items I ever received from Glossy Box that I absolutely loved. It’s a very generous sample size from their December 2011 box and it just screams Christmas to me. It’s so dimensional I can’t do it justice just rambling on so I’ll link my swatch post here and I’m sure you’ll agree.. if Santa were a nail polish… Unfortunately this is the worst of all the glitters I’ve ever tried to get off my nails but I will apply it time and time again because it’s just so so beautiful. It’s another one that you find new dimensions in different lights and I know it’s expensive but if I ever run out I will repurchase the full sized bottle, no question!
Nails Inc – Hampstead Heath – link – best I could do
I think I got this free with a magazine but I can’t be sure. I’m ending on what I consider to be a classic autumn winter colour. A deep red that will look stunning underneath the new gold glitter, no? It’s a basic shade but you can’t beat it when you’re looking to transition to the colder months. It’s another key trend this season from beauty to clothing and it’s one that really never falls out of fashion at any time of year. Everyone should have a version of this and this is mine. I am not a massive Nails Inc fan and although I like this shade being that I’m besotted with Essie of late I’m looking to try their Bahama Mama very soon.
LauraBlogsBeauty and I filmed a video together about our favourite falls polishes that you can watch below..
What are your polish picks for Autumn/Winter?