So there’s a WHOLE HEAP of gorgeous Spring collections hitting shelves and counters as I type… but rather than do a full low down on each collection I thought I’d ever so slightly switch things up and do a series of ‘best of’ posts to round up some of the best products on offer this season so you can give your beauty stash a fresh new Springy feel. Starting with Best of Spring nails…
So I selected five shades that I think make up a great little capsule nail wardrobe for Spring. No mean feat for a beauty junkie who could probably go for a whole drawer filled with shade options, but nope I narrowed it down to five.
The White Polish – Burberry Optic White No.440 *
White polish is one of those things that looks great, but if the polish formula isn’t good then it looks rubbish. This is one of the best white polishes I’ve tried. Opaque in two coats and applies so well with minimal streaks. Definitely leave a few minutes between each coat as if you apply too quickly and one is still wet it’s harder to get the totally even finish. But as long as you wait then this gets a massive thumbs up on me for a white polish. I LOVE white nails and Spring/Summer is the perfect time. A neutral option that still stands out a bit. LOVE.
The Blue Polish – Lancome Blue Ciel Parisenne 153 *
I don’t think a season goes by where there’s not a blue in rotation for my favourite shades. This is probably the most ‘typical’ Spring shade of the bunch and is one of four from the Lancome Spring Collection 2016 (there’s also a pastel pink, yellow and orange). But for me the blue is the favourite as it’s a pretty cool toned shade that is perfectly Spring.
The unusual one – Yves Saint Laurent Peace Green 70 *
This is the one that managed to give a little twist on the usual Spring pastels. It’s a fresh pastel green, but it has a golden pink shimmer running through it that looks really pretty when it catches the light. It was one that made me go ‘oooh’ when I first saw it so knew it would immediately be a best of. It’s quite a sheer shade but three coats and it looks like the swatches below. You could always apply over a base of a creamy opaque colour to make the colour pop a little more too.
The classic nude – Crabtree & Evelyn Almond *
I feel like I’ve really gotten into my nude shades recently – as much as nudes are my go-to for make-up, when it comes to nails there’s not many colours I wouldn’t try out. So to go back towards nude colours feels like mixing it up for me. This shade reminds me of a classic trench coat sort of colour and this is why I love it for Spring as it’s trench coat season. Where you want something lighter than a proper coat but still perfect if it rains. Oh, that and the fact that nudes just give that polished look that goes with everything. The trick is finding a nude that suits your skin tone perfectly – this one works well for me as it’s not too yellow or too pink so it doesn’t make my skin look washed out or like I have lobster hands. SCORE. Oh and if you haven’t tried or didn’t realise Crabtree & Evelyn do nail colours then you’re missing out – amazing quality and all the shades I’ve tried apply like a dream. Well worth checking out (they have an impressive range on non-boring colours too).
The Bold One – Kure Bazaar Vinyle *
This is one of three shades from the Kure Bazaar Spring 2016 collection and is the one that I loved on first sight. A super bright cherry red shade with a creamy finish. Like a classic red with the exposure dialled way up to make it a really poppy colour. I like that this is a bright option that still can be seen as classic. I’d wear on super short nails so it’s bright but not take-over-all-the-attention bright. Ideally paired with jeans and a breton top… pretty much my go-to Spring combo.