Perfectly Polished For Summer

I’ve been stuck in a bit of a nail rut recently, either sporting the gorgeous Greige from Perfect Formula that I love so much, or not wearing nail varnish at all. With the weather getting warmer, I thought it was time to go through my nail varnishes and find a handful that I wanted to start wearing for the summer. Bright colours seem to be what it’s all about in the beauty world at the moment, with neon pinks and tomato reds taking centre stage – so in today’s post I thought I’d share the new shades that I’ll be using to switch up my manicure over the next couple of months. 

Nails Inc has been one of my favourite nail varnish brands from as long as I can remember. Their shades are so pigmented, extremely long wearing and very glossy. I was so excited when they repackaged their formula into a gorgeous new square bottle and released some beautiful new colours. Hampstead Grove is a rich tomato red which looks so fresh and summery, especially with a tan – definitely a must have holiday shade!

I found two standout summer colours from Dior: Rouge 999 is the iconic vampy red which is perfect for those of you that love a classic option when it comes to your manicure. The second is Bonheur 661 which is a stunning shocking pink – I’m not really a pink nails kind of girl but this one looks absolutely beautiful, particularly if you don’t tan as easily and want to add a little colour to paler hands.

Last on the luxury front, I wrote a post dedicated to my finds from Smith & Cult a couple of months ago. Cut The Mullet is a beautiful cyan blue which seems to compliment every skin tone that I’ve seen wearing it. One thing I would say though, is that although the colour screams ‘holiday’, the packaging isn’t very travel friendly. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful bottle. Just very heavy and bulky so not ideal for packing in a travel bag.

Essie never fail for gorgeous nails on a budget. I think lilac is such a pretty option, especially throughout the Spring and Summer, and Sittin’ Pretty has been a long term favourite of mine. Again, it’s very long wearing, and the only drawback is that I’ve found I need about 2-3 coats for an opaque finish.

My final find was one from Kiko. I’m quite new to this brand, I only placed my first order from them back in late March. However, their nailvarnish is one that I cannot fault. It took about five days for me to even notice a chip! The shade I’ve picked out is 338, a bright cornflower blue, elegant yet still super summery. 

What are your favourite nail picks for the summer?

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