Monday 1 July 2013

In The Nude

Clockwise - Nails Inc Porchester Square, Rimmel Kate Soul Session, Essie Sand Tropez, Models Own Utopia, Essie Fiji

If I had to opt for one nail polish for the rest of my existence then its a safe bet that it would be one of the above. I tend to go from one extreme to the other when it comes to my nails opting for a bright in your face shade, or keeping things subtle with a safe nude colour. Theres something sophisticated about a neat nude nail with a high shine top coat that just screams i'm a grown up (honest). So I thought it was about time I pulled out my overflowing nail polish collection and gave a full edit of my top nudes. 

Nails Inc Porchester Square is probably the most coveted nude in the blogosphere, this happened to accidentally make its way into my possession via Glossy Box.  Described as a muted mushroom shade, I would say this definitely has hues or Barry M's Mushroom (remember that one?) yet with an ever so slight lavender undertone. I picked up one of the Rimmel Kate Salon Pro Polishes a little while ago, actually whilst doing my weekly food shop - food + purchasing nail polish = winner . And I am happy to report that for a relatively cheaper polish it packs a mean punch. I was pleasantly surprised (in a good way) to see that Rimmel have gone along the lines of Rimmel and introduced the wider brush which makes applying polish a dream. Albeit it took 2-3 coats to achieve full opaqueness the lasting power was pretty impressive, with almost a weeks wear without chipping. Models Own Utopia is probably the pinkest of the bunch with tones of both pink and lilac depending on the lighting. Ah Essie, a nail polish post would not make the cut without a couple thrown in. I picked up Fiji quite a long time ago and have developed a love hate with it ever since. Once applied I love it, its applying it that I don't. I find that with me you need about 3-4 coats to get a good coverage and being a neat freak Virgo this can mean that it takes several attempts to achieve a look I am comfortable with as its not very forgiving when it comes to flaws. Time and patience are definitely the key to this one. Another Essie which has whittled its way into my collection is Sand Tropez, a ridiculously gorgeous almost dirty nude shade which will look incredible with a tan...this is definitely going to be packed into my suitcase for when I finally escape later this year. 

So...are you a nude fan or do you opt for the more vibrant side of the spectrum on your nails?