Now that Autumn has permanently settled in and we are slowly but surely going into Winter my mood cannot be more festive and I can’t feel any cozier. I’m currently snuggled up in bed with my favorite wooly jumper, writing this post, whilst sipping on my favorite Chai Tea Latte and I feel truly and deeply happy. There is something so wonderful and positive about this time of the year when we are all looking forward to Christmas, decorating out houses, eating yummy comfort food and spending time with our loved ones, that just makes me incredibly happy and full of hope! I’ve never been big on blindly going with the trends and digging out my dark nail polishes when September hits the calendar, but I must admit that this year I did exactly that. In my defense, I can say it was purely because I wanted to fully feel the magic of the season and dive straight into it haha! With that being said, I’ve found the perfect five nail polishes that have been and will definitely continue to be glued to my fingernails until the chilly months are behind us. When December rolls in though, I’ll surely pull out some reds and add them to my ‘most used polishes’ rack but more on that later :), today I will talk about my top favorite shades for A/W 2013! Hope you’ll enjoy!
Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Watermelon
I’ve been dying to try the Barry M Gelly polishes for quite some time now, so when this baby landed in my shopping basket I couldn’t wait to paint my nails with it and see what was the full all about! The formula is different than any other polish I’ve tried but I’ve grown to like it. Watermelon is think in consistency but doesn’t get gloopy or streaky and it actually applies rather easily. The polish stays on my nail for about a week without chipping (What?!), which is massively impressive. :) Also, Watermelon is very opaque and has lovely shiny finish. When it comes to the actual shade, I can only say that this is the most gorgeous dark teal shade I’ve seen. It’s the perfect blend of green and blue and I love it to pieces! If you want to learn more about the shade and see some more swatches, click here. <3
Barry M Gelly Hi-Sine Nail Paint in Plum
Keeping up with the Barry M theme, another one I couldn’t pass in Boots was Plum. I am obsessed with anything plum-y for the season – clothes, accessories, lipsticks, nail polishes - you name it! However, Plum didn’t look very plum-y in the store but I blamed it on the lighting haha. When I got home though, I realized that I was completely right and Plum is more of a blueberry / indigo-ish shade but I loved it regardless. It is a very unique shade and I don’t own anything like it so I happily welcomed the confusion. As far as the formula goes though, I will have to say that it differs from Watermelon and not in a good way. It is again, quite think, but this time it feels a bit gloopy and waiting for it to dry is the biggest chore… Apart from that Plum is pretty glossy and opaque and stays on my nails for about five days.
OPI We’ll Always Have Paris
Aaaand the award for my absolutely favorite polish of the season goes to OPI We’ll Always Have Paris! This little gem is my ideal nail polish shade for autumn and winter, even though it’s pretty traditional. Its stunning deep burgundy red with brownish undertones is so beautiful and just sets my holiday mood perfectly. The polish is so elegant and classic and if you are after such shades I can totally recommend it! The formula is also lovely, as you only need two thin coats to get it fully opaque; it is nicely shiny and dries out quickly. Four days staying powder without chipping or tip wear is not bad as well, right? Have I mentioned how much I adore the name? Yes, it’s magical! :)
OPI You Don’t Know Jacques!
I have a full on review (here) of this nail polish so I won’t go into too much detail, but let’s just say that this dusty brown grayish taupe is right up my alley. I love shades like this as they go with any outfit and look very feminine and classy. This babe was my go-to fall/winter nail shade last year and it has made quite a comeback this year, so this has to tell you something. :) The formula of You Don’t Know Jacques! is okay. It applies a bit watery and to get full coverage I need three coats but on a brighter note it dries very fast so it’s not that big of a deal. The polish is not at all streaky and wears for about five-six days with minor chipping.
Revlon 261 Sparkling
My winter nail polish fairytale cannot be complete without a proper glitter shade, that’s for sure! I love glittery polishes for this time of the year and this year I opted for this gorgeous sparkly polish from Revlon. I love to either pop this on top of my ring finger, kind of as a statement nail, or to wear it all over my nails for a full on shimmery experience. Nonetheless, I love its rose gold-ish shade with its stunning pink and gold glitter particles. Magical! The formula on the other hand is not as brilliant and you will have to apply multiple coats to get it fully opaque. However, you can build it down & use it as a topcoat and it will just add some sparkle to your tips. As many other glitter polishes it glues to you nails and doesn’t chip for days and days, so that’s always good to have! If you fancy rocking glitter polishes and you love rose gold then 261 Sparkling is your best bet for the season. :)
Wait what? No Essie nail polishes among my Top 5? I just realized that and it’s weird, having in mind we all know I swear by Essie! Anyway, I guess I will have to go fix that and have a proper look at their autumnal shades! If I end up falling in love with anything knew I would definitely let you know but for now these five beauties have been keeping my nails company. :) Have a wonderful day everyone and let the Christmas countdown begin hehe!
Lots of love,