Hello, beauties! Today’s post is a list of my pastel nail polish picks for spring, which is an idea that came up in an Instagram challenge hosted by crystalsmakeup and rubiredlipstick, and I’ve just extended it to my blog. I’ve always loved pastel colours. This is the most random memory, but when I was a kid, we used to get these catalogues in the mail full of Easter/spring home decor, and I would spend hours poring over the pretty items with all the pastel colours, tulips, bunnies and Easter eggs, and ask my mom if we could buy stuff from the catalogues (the answer was always no). Despite loving pastels, I don’t own many pastel nail polishes, because they’re just not flattering on my skin tone. However, I’ve found some pretty good ones which I will be sharing in this post.
Before the Instagram challenge came up, I already had the idea to do a “My spring nail polishes picks for 2019” post. A few shades I had picked were not pastel, and I didn’t want to not mention them, so I’ve included them at the end of this post. Read on to see my spring polish picks!
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pink creme polish for a very, very long time. I’ve owned many from the drugstore, but ended up decluttering most of them because they were always too milky for my skin tone. When this first came in the mail, I thought it would look too Barbie pink, but it actually turned out to be the absolutely perfect warm-toned medium pink. This is Flora with two coats.
Essie Turquoise and Caicos
I often avoid minty shades in a crème finish because they tend to be too pale, which ends up looking very stark on my skin, or else it’s much brighter than what I’m looking for. I absolutely loved pastel greens and blues in my early twenties, and this was the only shade I’ve ever found that worked on me because it’s a medium warm-toned mint that is not too milky but not too bright. The name is super adorable, and it was a super popular shade in the beauty community back in the day! One thing to note is that I find the formula is terrible – it takes 3-4 coats to become fully opaque. But rating it by just the colour alone, this is the most flattering minty shade I’ve ever tried.
ILNP Sweet Pea
I think I’ve included this in a “favourite spring polishes” post in the past, but this is honestly one of my all-time favourite nail polishes. It’s a seashell pink with holographic microflakies in a jelly finish, and it’s so delicate yet fun! It reminds me of birthday confetti. Because it’s a sheerer formula, it takes about three coats to become opaque, and you can see a tiny bit of the nail line peeking through.
Zahara is a cute creamsicle shade with pink and silver microshimmers running through it. I have a bit of difficulty working with this polish. It’s a sheer polish, but it took about 5 coats to achieve an opacity I was happier with (ie it covered most of the nail line). This shade would work a lot better for people with shorter nails who don’t have to worry about covering the nail line – about 3 coats will suffice. Despite the fact that I found it a little troublesome to work with for my long nails, this made it on my list because it is a gorgeous pastel orange that is perfect for spring, and I own nothing like it.
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Colour in Orchid Around
This is another oldie in my collection, but it’s a good one. I wanted my last polish to be a purple, but similar to pinks, I find a lot of pastel purples to be unflattering on my skin tone. This is as close to a pastel purple I’ve have in my collection that I actually go to often. It’s a pink-based purple (or orchid…as you can tell from the name) with barely-there silver pearlized shimmer. Two coats of this polish gives you full opacity.
PS – let me know your favourite pastel purples, if you have one! I’m still in the market for one.
Here are my other picks from my original spring polish picks that aren’t pastels. If you’re someone that thinks “Pastels? For spring? Groundbreaking.”, then these ones might be more up your alley.
Fern is part of Zoya’s current spring collection, so I think it’s fitting that I include it in this post. I don’t do pastel greens because they don’t look good on me, but I am very on board with this dusty sage with a green-cold pearlized microshimmer running through it. This looks more sage in some of the nail swatches I saw online, which is what appealed to me, but on me it pulls more grey on me. It’s not your typical pastel shade you think of for spring, but it totally works – reminds me of moss, a little. This polish is opaque in 2 coats.
Essie Gel Couture Sheer Silhouettes in Last Nightie
I’m not a big fan of sheer polishes, yet I’ve ended up with three on my list – I think they just work so well for the spring! Essie came out with their Sheer Silhouettes line around the holidays, but I am loving the shade Last Nightie for the warmer weather. Again, this is not a pastel, but a muted sheer pink-toned beige with silver shimmers running through it. It’s another sheer polish, and takes 3 coats for full opacity. This shade is so romantic – I always feel like a classy lady when I wear this, haha!
I have raved on and on about this colour since buying it two years ago, but there’s a reason why I can’t stop talking about it. Similar to Sweet Pea, this is one of my all-time favourite polishes in my collection. Tinsley is a brilliant coral with very apparent gold shimmers – it’s like a molten sunset that works well into the summer. I can’t explain it, but this shade just makes me so happy.
That’s it from me! What’s on your list of favourite spring polishes this year?