April 30, 2008

Spring/Summer Nail Varnish!

Just when I found the perfect winter nail shade (just in case you were wondering, it is the Essie Sole Mate. It is the perfect rich deep dark purple, with just a hint of red!) , spring comes around. Not that I'm complaining, I can't wait for the weather to get warmer and the sun to shine. Although now it means my nail colors will have to change along with it- to get into the spring mode you know. But I am kind of tired of the pale white pinks that I usually favor for warmer weathers. As classic as they are, it does get a bit monotonous after a while. AND it is super hard to apply properly (this might also be due to my lack of nail varnish applications skills- though I'd like to point out that I have no trouble with the darker colors! Odd, I know).
So I started to consider other colors suitable for spring. Flicking through the Essie advertisements (Yes, I have a preference for Essie!) bright pink crossed my mind (left: Secret Stash). As much as I wanted to try something new though, bright pink does seem a bit too much. I AM 21 now. Not quite Barbie. Then I considered pale purple (right: Looking for Love). It is subtle but still quite different from pale pink. But then I quickly rejected the idea- that is just TOO weird. Its just not a color one would relate to nail color! Kind of like how it is odd for people to put pale blue/purple lipstick on their lips!
After much consideration, I finally found the perfect color, Ball-timore (left). It is the perfect coral pink, with the sharpness of a super bright pink but toned down by orange/coral tones. I simply LOVE LOVE LOVE it. It is youthful and fun with a hint of sophistication. The other color I bought is Hard to Get (right). A more intense version of my usual pale pink hues, I thought this would just be fun and girly to play around with.I also wanted to get a nude color, like this (above: bags to riches). This one is the definition of sophistication and simplicity. But alas, it was getting rather expensive (they hiked the price up in the place I usually go to!!!).

Image Source: Essie


Anonymous Karissa said...

I love Essie nail polish too! I found this shade a couple summers ago and I love it: Brandie Alexander, "pinky rose, for a star to shimmer in"


I tend to stick with nuetral tones on my fingernails (I go bright on my toenails though!) but I love this color for summer!

5/01/2008 10:47 AM  
Blogger Knikki said...

If I didn't break my nails so often I'd do something like that.

Pretty, great choices, I think.

5/01/2008 11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Red!!! Red red red red red. Revlon Red is nice.

5/01/2008 3:36 PM  
Blogger Fashion Tidbits said...

could you take some pics of you wearing the diff colours?

5/01/2008 4:24 PM  
Anonymous savvy gal said...

I actually had pale lilac from Chanel and it's really great for spring and summer. It has a bit of sparkles... : )

5/01/2008 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where I can buy Essie nail polish in Germany (store or web)?

Love the colours!!!

5/01/2008 5:22 PM  
Blogger Mint said...

Personally, I go for the brighter shades as often as I can. I'm 20 and I don't believe that hot pink, for example, is reserved only for Barbie dolls.

However, the lighter shades are better for short, damaged nails, as bright or dark nails draw attention to deficits.

Maybe you could try an apricot colour? I think Chanel's latest collection has some nice blooming colours that you might enjoy.

5/01/2008 6:16 PM  
Anonymous rica said...

hi, i have a nail salon and i have to say "sole mate" is one of the most popular colors in my shop.

Other popular colors from Essie:
"wicked" deep brown-red-purple mixed together
"lady godiva" deep chocolate
"clutch me of you can" deep chocolate-red
"bordeaux" like the wine (really good on both hands and toes)
"aperitif" out-there red
"pouf daddy" darker out-there red
"raspberry" fuchsia-pink-purple mixture
"mambo" natural beige with shimmer
"mucho dinero" matte nude

i can go on and on...
hope that helps.

5/01/2008 9:11 PM  
Blogger Nico. said...

Great colours. I think I'm going to go with white nails for the spring/summer.

5/01/2008 11:06 PM  
Blogger Juliet said...

With nails I go for the feeling, not for the season.

juliet xxx

5/02/2008 3:52 AM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I just got my nails done in a navy blue, the last of my winterish color before i go into summer colors. execpt they went too dark and it almost looks black

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