I’ll never skip out on trying a new lip color, even if I’m not sure I’ll be able to pull it off. I wear all sorts of out-there colors, but I’m pretty conservative with my nail colors. I’ve been rocking a naked nail for the past few months (partially out of laziness, partially out of French beauty articles), and loving it. But I do find it to be luxurious feeling when I sit down and do a proper manicure. With that being said, I generally have a handful of colors I switch between for a given season.
When choosing which colors I’d don for the spring weeks, I went a little subdued. There’s a bright in there, a few pastels, and a classic red, but for the most part, everything is pretty subtle.
Let’s start with the brights–Julep’s Nail Color in ‘Julep.’ Cheeky name, yes? It’s a deep violet while still remaining bright and cheery. This Julep polish is one with oxygen technology which allows the polishes to dry quickly and strengthen nails. Thought this color is so bright, it’s really easy to apply. I usually apply two coats for a perfectly opaque finish, and the want makes it really easy to stay within the (nail)lines.
Next, let’s chat about the pastels. I’m a huge fan of Revlon’s Colorstay Nail Enamel in ‘Provence’ (swatched on the left). I’ve repurchased this a few times, because it’s just the perfect warm-weather color; however, I’ve been having a hard time finding it recently outside of Amazon, so I’ll have to find something similar. It’s not as bland as a nude can be, but the purple color is subtle enough to complement any outfit I’m wearing. I love Revlon polishes, because they last ages. I also love ‘Petal Pushers’ from Essie. It’s another gray-toned purple color, though it’s a lot darker than the aforementioned shade. While Provence lightens things up, Petal Pushers definitely grounds my look, and makes more of a statement.
In terms of classic reds, I have multiple of them. I have dark reds for autumn, holly berry reds for winter, and coral reds for summer, but for spring, I’m loving another one from Julep–‘Kimball.’ The color reminds me of those orange-based red lipsticks that can look a bit trashy if you don’t apply them perfectly. I feel the same way about this watermelon color, but I love it nonetheless. The formula is a bit sheer but very intense in color, which is interesting. While Kimball is the same formula as Julep, it’s so much lighter and gel-like in texture. It may be the sheer formula, but if I were to put it on my face, I’d imagine it to feel like Clinique’s Moisture Surge. Is that weird? Maybe.
And I’ve saved the nudes for last, because I can’t give it all away at once. I am loving the muted melon-ish nude from O.P.I.’s ‘A Great Opera-tunity.’ I have a mini size from the Venice collection from Fall 2015 (which are always a little more patchy than the full size), but you can still pick it up as a full size. It’s such a splendidly lazy shade–one or two coats, and it’ll match any look you put together and won’t be as noticeable if and when it begins to chip.
*Ring: Julianne Blumlo on Etsy