As we are well into May now and the weather in Canada has finally gotten to almost consistently warm temperatures and sunny skies, I thought I’d take a dive into my nail polish stash and see which colours I’ve been wearing the most and will continuing to wear throughout May and into June. Pastels are some of my favourite types of colours – they’re light and pretty and most of them enhance a bit of early tan.
Here are my top picks for pastels and nudes: first off is the very light and easy Bourjois So Laque Glossy in 07 Coton sur Ton – I find that this is not the most opaque of nudes, therefore it is extremely easy to apply. If I want something a bit thicker in formula, I reach for the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Rose Hip, which is a lovely baby pink. I’ve spoken about my love for the American Apparel Nail Lacquers before, and one of my favourites is the colour L’Esprit, which is a cool-toned light purple that looks good on pretty much anyone and is a good alternative to pink. (Edit: I just did a search and it appears the colour may not be available anymore!!! I don’t know if AA are discontinuing their nail line, but I really hope not!) Lastly, and one I enjoy using on my toes, is Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. This is an Internet cult classic so I had to pick it up when I spotted an Essie sale a few months back. On some people it appears more green, but on me it definitely veers more baby blue.
Going into summer, I love a good coral, both on the nails and lips. The lightest of the bunch is Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish in 230 Royal Blush, which in the picture is showing up as quite pink; however in real life it leans much more apricot in tone. Speaking of apricots, Revlon’s Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel in Apricot Nectar both goes on and smells like a dream. It lasts a surprisingly long time and has a light fruity scent without being overpowering or weird. Covergirl’s Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Polish is another of my favourite formulas, only recently released in the last year or two, the colour Coral Silk is a lovely mid-toned coral that works on both the fingers and toes. My obsession with coral polish was really amplified when Clinique released their line of nail polish in 2013 and I had to get my hands on the shade Really Rio, which looks amazing with a tan as well. The last and deepest of my picks is another Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish in 450 Kook-A-Mango – it’s red, it’s orange and it’s coral: the perfect summery colour.
What are your picks for spring and summer nail polishes, and which formulas last the longest on you?