Thursday, 8 May 2014

Spring Summer Nail Swatch Book

One of my favourite things about the weather getting warmer are the beautiful nail colours that I can whip out. I definitely seem to match my nail colour with the season, and for me it's all about the pastels. So, when the sun came out over the Easter holidays, I decided that it would be the perfect opportunity to film a little swatch book of some of my favourite shades of the season. For those of you who want to know a bit more about the featured shades, I have written a little review of each one below. I hope that you enjoy!

Blanc by Essie (Available here)

We all know what a big fan on white nails I am. My ghostly complexion enjoys a pale colour to make me seem a little more life-like. I'm also a die hard Essie fan, so you can't go far wrong with this one in my opinion. It does take at least two coats to achieve an opaque colour which is a bit of a pain, but once you're done you'll have beautifully neat nails and tanned-looking hands for a good couple of days before they start to chip (that's without a top coat).

Fiji by Essie (Available here)

This was one of the results of my 'crazy lady end of term' shopping trip a few weeks ago, and I can't say that I regret it. Like most of Essie's nail polishes it applies smoothly and lasts nicely on the nails. I really like the colour and it's a nice alternative to white if it's a little too out there for you. This pastel-toned fleshy pink will blend in nicely with any outfit and is a lovely, chic nude for many skin-tones.

Banana Split by Models Own (Available here)

I've had this one for a while now. I really wanted to try a yellow polish last year, but I was afraid of trying anything too bright, so this was a nice compromise. I'm in love with the colour, but to be honest the formula leaves something to be desired. It takes around three coats to become opaque and doesn't dry the quickest, then I felt like it chipped quite easily. It's a sacrifice I'm willing to make for something so cute, though! If you enjoy scented nail polishes, then you may also like to know that this has a banana scent, although it's not that strong.

Mint Candy Apple by Essie (Available here)

This was my first ever Essie purchase, and every time I apply this shade I forget how much I love it. Compared to some of the mints that I've tried since, this one isn't actually that pastel-toned, but I still really enjoy it. It's not too bright and I love that it's got a bit more green in it than some other alternatives. Since it's not too loud I also think that it would go with a lot of skin tones. Although it's not mentioned as much in the blogosphere as in days gone by, I think it's still an essential in any beauty hoarder's collection.

Cute as a Button by Essie (Available here)

Well isn't it just? I lusted over this for over a year before making the purchase, and now I don't know what I'd do without it. I was scared of corals for a long time, but despite my pale skin I think that it actually works. If I can pull it off, then so can you - even my mum wants to try it on! This would definitely be adorable for a summer pedicure, too. I want to say this about all of the colours, but it might just be my favourite.

Blue by Bourjois (Available here)

Great imagination with the name there, Bourjois! All jokes aside, Bourjois have done a nice little job here. It only took one coat of this to get a lovely, bright colour. I quite like the unusual shape of the bottle, and the lid has little grip pads to make it easier to hold which I think is a great idea. In terms of the formula it applied nice and smoothly and I didn't notice it taking any longer than average to dry. One feature which I'm not so keen on is the extra-wide brush which made it difficult to apply anything precisely. Although I suppose it would make for a speedy pedicure!

For somebody to claims to not be that into nails, I think that I've come up with a really lovely summer selection. It's actually a little sad at how excited I get just looking at these colours. It makes me wonder; would be wrong to sport a rainbow-coloured manicure for the next four months?!

What is your favourite summer nail shade?

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Jenn said...

Love this video! So cute and you picked some great colours, I need mint candy apple and ...'blue' in my life!

Jenn | Photo-Jenn-ic

Emily said...

Haha yes, they're lovely colours! And thank you :)
But yes... 'blue' could have a cuter name ;) x

Grace Denny said...

I've literally been wanting to pick up every on of those Essie shades for a lifetime! haha. I love your mug too! It's adorable!

XO, G from grace'd

Emily said...

They're amazing, aren't they?! And thanks hehe, I'm a bit obsessed! xx