Nude nail polish will always be a classic look that manages to bridge the gap between on-trend and eternally stylish. The trick is finding the right nude for your skin tone – too pink and you look like you have lobster hands, too yellow and you can verge on smokers nails… In the hunt for the ideal nude shade I have two here to look at – from either end of the price scale, so you can find a shade if you want to spend or if you want to save. Plus I have a favourite of the two..
The two shades are Rimmel London Salon Pro in 125 ‘Oh Mr Darcy’ *(£4.49) and Burberry Nail Polish in 100 ‘Nude Beige’ *(£15). In the bottle the two shades look pretty similar – both being pale nudes – but it’s when you swatch them that they look quite different and it shows the differences that can happen between seemingly-identical nude shades.
The Rimmel is the more pink toned of the two, and the Burberry more yellow toned. The Rimmel definitely suits my skin tone more than the Burberry. I think if I had a bit of a tan I could pull off the Burberry, but without one I’m just too pale. Quality wise, the Rimmel is slightly thicker and only took a couple of coats, where the Burberry was a bit more sheer and needed an extra layer or two to get to a comparable level of opacity.
Packaging wise, there’s no denying that the Burberry wins hands down. The bottles of the Burberry nail shades are just gorgeous – as is the whole of the Burberry Beauty line. But for me on these two, it’s the ‘save’ option that wins out – the Rimmel is my favourite of the two. But I will be checking out some more of the Burberry nail range as there are some lovely shades in there (including some alternative nude shades – I have my eye on ‘Dark Trench’). At £15, they’re not cheap – but not the most extortionate premium polish I’ve stumbled across.