While the “nude” nail always makes a strong statement, I was happy to see pops of color show up in the spring and early summer nail polish collections. Read on for a sampling of my favorite shades…and don’t be afraid to wear color, regardless of the season!
A sampling of my favorite shades from the spring-summer nail polish collections I’ve tried. I love the fact that there is color and not just “nudes”.
I’m loving the Zoya Naturel Satins; a collection of six neutral nail polish colors in a satin finish. What’s that, you might ask? Satin is a hybrid between a matte and glossy finish. I like it, because it’s a little more forgiving than a true matte, while still hiding imperfections and having great pigmentation and coverage. My favorite color from the collection is Tove; a misty slate gray. I’m obsessed with this shade for spring! ($9/shade, in salons and Zoya.com).
Another muted shade is Dune My Thing (top left, $14) from Dermelect Cosmeceuticals All Decked Out Collection. This mauvey-taupe shade is so pretty; and I love that the formula is so nourishing. It’s infused with protein peptides to help strengthen nails. The other product that I’m obsessed with is the Revital-Oil Peptide Infused Nail & Cuticle Oil. My nails took such a beating with our move, that if I could wear gloves 24/7 I would. But I’m using Revital-Oil ($14) and slowing seeing improvement; it feels so comforting and I know that with peptides and keratin in the formula, it’s bound to help! Available at dermelect.com.
The CHANEL Rêverie Parisienne Collection (review) was inspired by Paris’ springtime gardens. The three shades of Le Vernis ($27/bottle) for spring range from Paradisio, pearly mint green to Desirio, a bright fuchsia and Tenderly (my favorite), a dusty mauve. Beautiful! Available in department stores, including Nordstrom.
Florals are a big trend for summer and CND is curating their own bright bouquet for us. From the CND VINYLUX® Garden Muse Collection for summer, what could be more carefree than a weekly nail polish? I love the VINYLUX® weekly polishes; saturated color with no base coat needed. When used with the Top Coat, your nail polish lasts an average of a week, without chipping. No need for a special light, either. Everyone needs a blue nail polish this summer; I love Reflecting Pool (second from right; $10.50/bottle, select salons).
From the new M·A·C Is Beauty Collection, I love the pale peach (think creamsicle–and what could be more summery than that?!) shade of To Dye For (left). The other two shades, French Tipped and Doll Me Up are divinely sherbert-esque, also. The cream formula gives good color payoff with two coats. The M·A·C Is Beauty Studio Nail Lacquers ($12/bottle) are available in department stores and at maccosmetics.com.
Just in, Guerlain has us jetsetting to the land of palm trees with the release of Le Vernis Nail Lacquer ($26) in Blue Ocean. It’s a gorgeous seaglass color that makes me think of the Caribbean when you fly over it. It’s a shade that will be stunning against bronzed summer skin. This limited-edition shade has an understated shimmer to it. To get the most saturated color, I recommend applying 3 coats. Available in May in select department stores, including Nordstrom and Sephora.
When it’s time to take off my nail polish, there’s only one remover I use…Cutex®. I regularly use the SPA Formula, which is great to remove glitters. Now the Cutex® Twister® with SPA Formula is available and makes taking off those tough nail polishes even easier! The Twister® with SPA Formula is easy to use; just dip your finger in and twist; there’s even a section with a brush for really stubborn polish! You can find Cutex® nail polish removers in the beauty aisles of Target stores nationwide. Highly recommended!
What shades are inspiring you for spring and summer? Let me know in the comments!