12 July 2011

Seven Summer Shades for fingers and toes

Camera still out of action so please pretend to be distracted from crappy camera phone pic with these glittery text boxes! Click on the image to get the full sparkly benefit :)
I’ve enjoyed these posts on other blogs so I wanted to show you this year's favourite summer nail colours. Now, I can’t exactly remember how much each of these cost so I’m going to give you a rough guide where € is under a fiver, €€ is under a tenner, €€€ under twenty and €€€€ is twenty euro plus.
L-R: Sally Hansen, Chanel, Boots 17
Sally Hansen Complete Salon manicure in #550, All Fired Up: These fuss-free polishes are my new favourite range and this bright orange/red shade has just edged out Rimmel’s Dancing Queen as my all-time favourite red. It’s just the perfect shade to add a pop of colour to your day and it looks stunning on short nails. €€
Chanel Le Vernis in #495, Mica Rose: This soft sheer peachy pink looks best in sunlight when the subtle flecks of silver, pink and blue/green shimmer really sparkle. Originally part of 2009's Celestial Lights collection (and now part of the permanent Le Vernis range), this looks best worn sheer: 1-2 coats will suffice, and unlike other Chanel polishes in my collection, it applies and wears like a dream. €€€€
Boots No 17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish in Sherbet Lemon: Like all the pastel shades I've tried, this goes on a little streaky and chalky at first, but a fourth coat sorted that out. I know four coats is a lot, but once it’s on you have a really lovely lemon creme that, to me, offers a more wearable take on the yellow trend. You can see it on my fingers here.
L-R Catrice, Nails Inc, Barry M, NYC (New York Colour)
Catrice Ultimate Nail Laquer Blue Cara Ciao: This was the first Catrice polish in my collection; I picked it up in April and was delighted with the colour, formula and price so I’ve snapped up several more since then. Two coats gets it to a perfect opacity and the medium blue shade is really pretty and unusual.
Nails Inc in Shoreditch: This glossy hot pink was a magazine freebie and, like Candy Orange, is a vibrant, cheerful colour that looks great with a tan. Goes on well in two coats. €€€ (when they’re not free with a magazine which, I think, all of my Nails Inc polishes actually were!)
Barry M Nail Paint in 296 Coral: Another great all-round performer: two coats is enough for a glossy finish that lasts longer than average on my unfriendly-to-manicure fingers. The bright coral colour garners lots of compliments and, given how much I love this polish, it astounds me that it’s the only Barry M I own. For now.  
NYC expert last nail polish in Oh SoHo Sweet: I’m always on the look-out for the perfect pale ballerina pink polish. It's harder than you'd think;  I've spent more than I care to remember buying high-end designer products that are invisible, go on streaky and/or too opaque. For just a couple of euro this is as good as any pricier versions I’ve found; needs 2-3 coats to give a pretty, semi-sheer finish.

So that's what I'm loving right now - just let me know if you’d like a NOTD post on any of the above. And what about you, what are your go-to summer shades?  
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