|L-R: In The Navy, Mezmerised, Bikini So Teeny, Blooboo|
What a better way to fight the summer blues then rocking pretty blue hues on your tips and toes. Nail polish wise, Summer 2014 for me is definitely the year of the beautiful blue manicure. From cobalt to navy to pastel – I don’t discriminate; I love them all. Blue nail polish is fun and unique and definitely the epitome of sea and summertime getaway to somewhere exotic. Here I have my top favorite blue shades, which have been making my nails rather happy and excited for my upcoming holiday. The list goes as follows:
I’ve been searching for the perfect cobalt blue nail lacquer for absolute ages and I am happy to report that I have finally found it. Meet the ever so lovely Bourjois 1 Seconde Gel Polish in 23 In the Navy (here). I adore the somewhat darker cobalt blue shade – the deeper tones are absolutely stunning and I like how the polish goes brighter depending on the lighting. I think I’ve banged on about the formula of the 1 Seconde varnishes enough recently, so let’s just say that it is downright brilliant. High-shine, gel like finish, mind blowing pigmentation and incredibly long lasting? I am completely sold.
Royal blue nail polish is summertime must have in my opinion and Essie Mezmerised (here) has been well and truly loved this year. Again, I adore the deeper tones of the shade and it reminds me of sailing, ocean and beaches. Same as the Bourjois offering, Mezmerised changes its color and on direct daylight it appears slightly brighter and more vibrant. Beautiful. This lovely cream not only dries to a stunning glossy finish but it also has brilliant formula. You literally need one coat to get full blown, even color and it hangs around for ages as well. What else could I ask for!
The perfect on-the-beach or by-the-pool vibe for me this year comes from Essie Bikini So Teeny (here). It is definitely the ultimate ‘head turner’ and I love how different and unique it is. The stunning cornflower blue shade is soft and feminine and I love the slight purple-y tint it has. It is a lovely cream but still has finely milled shimmer particles running through it and the way they reflect the light is absolutely beautiful. Bikini So Teeny doesn’t have the most brilliant formula out there as it goes a bit streaky but I happily ignore that and just focus on the gorgeous shade. It simply puts the biggest smile on my face just looking at it – my summertime best friend for sure! Full review here.
Who said pastels are only for the spring! I am not one to strictly follow all beauty rules, so I dug out a Spring 2013 firm favorite of mine and put it on the front row for this season’s nail polish picks. Yes, I am talking about you Models Own Blooboo (here). This beauty has the most gorgeous pastel blue shade I’ve seen and even though it might be a bit too daring for some I love every bit of it. It is shimmer and glitter-free and dries to a nice cream finish. As a fan of more glossy finishes, I like to put top coat on top just to make it extra shiny. The formula is spot on and unlike many other milky shades I’ve tried this one applies like charm. Bye bye streaky tips and hello even, long lasting manicure. Oh and did I mention that it makes the hands look a hundred times more tan? Swatches here.
Have you tried any of these polishes before? Which are your favorite blue nail polishes?