Hi Everyone! Happy Friday! It’s been quite a week for me. I’ve been partially working and partially attending a makeup training course to get my first certificate. Yep, I’m going legit people… well as legit as can be considering there is no legal makeup artist certification in Dallas. I’m taking a 70 hour makeup training with a pro in the Dallas area. This is my first week so it’s early in the process. But let me just say, doing makeup on other people is HARD. I’ve had four models so far and that’s essentially 8 opportunities to poke an eye out trying to curl lashes. So, since I’ve been living and breathing makeup this week I’m going to diverge a little today and talk about my five favorite nail polishes. These are my five overall favorites, so I considered colors, opacity, formula, longevity & brush type.
Yep, my first pick is a nude? Anyone here surprised? I’m pretty sure some of you may think 3 of my picks are exactly the same color. But let me tell you right now they are not.
This polish is a really nice nude-beige color. A pretty cafe au lait tone.
I love it primarily because it’s neutral, can pair with anything, and I can use it year round. I have some beautiful pink and corals polishes that I like, but I can only get use of them during the spring or summer. A color like Totem-ly Yours is good through all seasons. As a major plus with, chips are much less visible with nude shades so I can pull it off a day or two longer than a bright or deep nail color.
I wrote a whole post on the Sally Hansen Miracle gel polish so click here for more details on the formula and wear.
Revlon Colorstay Longwear Enamel in Nude Beige – $5.99
Well, while writing this post I realized the original Revlon Colorstay formula is now discontinued. It’s been replaced with the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy collection. Sadly, there isn’t a color in the new range that is even similar to nude beige. However, I love this particular color so much that I found a dupe at H&M. Nude Beige is almost the exact same color as H&M’s Bare With Me. The color is similar to Totem-ly Yours, but a little lighter and creamier.
I love the name & color of this nail polish. It’s sort of dusty-mauve shade – not pink, but not quite purple either. I use it when I want a little color, but I still want it to be subdued. It’s almost like the nail polish equivalent of Colour Pop’s Lumiere Lipstick.
What is most impressive about this nail polish is how good the Wet N Wild Wonder Gel formula is. For some reason I don’t hear people talk about it which is crazy considering the $4.99 price tag. The formula is thin, yet the color is very opaque so I can get away with one or two coats. It dries fast and lasts a decent amount of time if I use a good top coat. As a plus, the brush on this (and actually all my picks) is flat which I find more user-friendly than rounder/denser brushes like Essie’s.
H&M Nail Polish in Milky Tea – $5.99
Yes, another nude. I know. But if I’m being honest with my five favorite nail polishes, Milky Tea has to be on the list.
Unlike Totem-ly Yours or Bare With Me, this one is more on the pinky side of the nude spectrum. Almost like a peachy nude. Not quite pink, but definitely not a neutral nude. Like any nude, it’s versatile enough that I can use it all year.
Similar to my thoughts on the Wet N Wild formula, I’m surprised that I don’t hear more people talk about the H&M nail polishes. I’ve only tried 3 shades, but they’re all really good. The formula is opaque & dries quick, and the brush is nice and flat. Although this particular formula is not as long-lasting as the Wet N Wild or the Sally Hansen, the color is nude enough that chips aren’t as visible.
Alright, finally, a little color.
Unlike the rest of my nail polish picks here, this one is colorful & bright. Although the formula is called pink stiletto, this is really a bright purple or magenta color.
I particularly like this shade because it’s not season specific either. Something like a deep wine/burgundy shade is mostly a fall/winter color while a coral or pastel is mostly a spring/summer color. A purple is good for all seasons.
Further, this particular shade is so pigmented and opaque that I can do the thinnest layer and still cover almost my entire nail. The only reason I even do two coats is because I suck at nail polish and always leave spots around my cuticle and tips. This is perfect because the thinner the layer and the least amount of coats, the quicker it dries and the longer it lasts!
That’s it guys, my five favorite nail polishes. What are some of your favorites? Is anyone else partial to flatter brushes like I am?
Have a great weekend!