i go through phases with nail polish – sometimes i hate wearing any, sometimes i only wear red. but lately i’ve been into some funkier colors and unique brands.j. hannah ghost ranch // the j. hannah polishes are exactly what you would expect them to be if you are familiar with the minimalist jewelry designer – understated, unique, and extremely wearable. made up of mostly nudes with a few pops of color, the collection is definitely one to check out. the one i have is ghost ranch, which is the perfect rust shade that i didn’t even know i wanted – described by the brand as a rich, southwestern red. i think it’s a touch more on the orange side, but overall that’s an accurate description. it’s one of those colors that just looks gooood. the formula is amazing and the best part is that these polishes are 7-free. they are pricey at $19, but i definitely want to pick up more shades.
lauren b. beauty vintage on vine // this is my first lauren b. polish, but they are all the rage in the eco beauty world and for very good reason. this color is so me – the perfect purple taupe that i want to wear every day forever. the brand describes this as a true mauve with a chameleon effect which is i think is true. great formula and great brand! again pricey at $18 but worth it for a special treat, in my opinion.
opi don’t bossa nova me around // i’ve had this polish for 2 years or something, but i never really liked it until recently. it’s a beautiful light pinky-beige with a hint of grayness. it looks different depending on the light, but this is my new favorite nude. it’s completely opaque in 2 coats which is rare for a color of this type, but it has that classically amazing opi formula. a new staple for me.
rms diabolique // the formula on this polish isn’t the best ever but this is the perfect deep plum color i’ve been looking for. it seems like most vampy polishes are that deep wine shade that i just don’t always love, so i’m always looking for a cool-toned version if that makes sense. three thin coats were needed for opacity, but i didn’t find it made it puffy or more chip-able.
smith&cult bitter buddhist // i finally bit the bullet. i’ve been wanting this polish for a while, i mentioned it here, and i finally got it! it’s a stunning pale, dusty turquoise that is just perfect. i love pastel polishes but sometimes want them to be slightly more neutral, and i feel that bitter buddhist accomplishes that. as with all smith&cult polishes i’ve tried, this formula is excellent and pretty long lasting.
nails inc. nailkale superfood base coat // you all know i’m in love with the nails inc. kensington caviar top coat. so lately when i was in need of a new base coat, i had no doubts that i needed to try to the coordinating base coat. though i love my opi nail envy matte, i’ve just been feeling like it isn’t working as well lately. admittedly i haven’t tried this base coat yet, but i know i’m going to love it.
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