Ever since my polish collection began, I have been on the hunt for the ‘perfect nude polish’. It's just like the quintessential little black dress, every wardrobe must have one.
Never one to back down from a challenge you see,
I soon became a serial googler of polish swatches and often scoured countless other blogs
for recommendations. Turns out what ones take on the perfect nude, is not always so for another. Lesson learnt, albeit repeatedly and so it seemed that the ever allusive shade of beige, was destined to do exactly that.
Tried and tossed (not literally): just some of the hopefuls
in the photo below.
P.S Don’t judge.
From left to right – Zoya Shay, Zoya Kennedy, OPI Mimosas
for Mr & Mrs, OPI Barre My Soul, OPI Step Right Up, OPI Bubblebath and
Sally Hansen No. 22 Café Au Lait.
My top five polish criteria;
- Colour – have to love it.
- Consistency – must glide on easily.
- Opacity – in no more than two coats, preferably.
- Application – a generous sized brush with no
- Drying Time –
if it really is like watching paint dry, forget it. Ain’t nobody got
time fo dat.
With that in mind, usually OPI is my trusted go to, followed
closely by Zoya and then pharmacy favourites Natio, Sally Hansen and more recently Max Factor's Glossfinity range. That being
said however, none of their frenchs, beiges or nudes have worked out for me.
Enter Designer Brands 220 Natural Nude. Another pharmacy find
and just $6.95 a pop. Naturally I was sceptical of using yet another cheaper
alternative, but was desperate willing to give anything a try.
This polish is a winner on all accounts! Truly an 'hallelujah' moment and warrant of a little happy dance, or two.
The colour is
great, it’s a lovely consistency, easy to apply, the right amount of coverage
and each coat dried within minutes.
Finally the perfect nude polish found!