Creative musings in bright colors

Why oh why do I have so many nude polishes? I will end up doing three, yes THREE comparison posts with nudes (pastel nudes, which are up today, pinky nudes, and neutral nudes, both of which will be co-posted on Wednesday). Anyway, on to the “pastel” nudes!

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These are the lightest nudes in my collection, which is to say pale creme colored polishes. I have, today, two cremes, one jelly, one shimmer, and one holo. Three of them ended up being identical and I am certainly parting with one! The others I will keep, just because nudes are darn useful (especially given that I start working in the hospital full-time in June).

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From thumb to pinky, we have:
~ NYC – Prospect Park Bloom
~ OPI – Be There in a Prosecco
~ L’oreal – Boho Babe
~ Essence – I Nude It
~ Picture Polish – Cherish

Prospect Park Bloom took three thick coats and was STILL not completely opaque. It also basically didn’t dry. It was 99 cents, which was why I bought it initially, but I think I’m going to let it go! Cherish stands out because it is both darker and filled with holo shards. I Nude It has very very subtle shimmer that puts it in a hair darker than Boho Babe and Prosecco, which are to my eye complete dupes. I like the brush that L’oreal uses much better than the giant OPI brush, but Prosecco has a bit more polish than Boho, and both work fine.

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I decided to go with an art deco pattern, since my nails are STILL pointy-shaped and I really only like geometric things on pointy nails. The stamp is from BP plate L054, the source of most of my geometric patterns! I then colored bits of the design in gold (after stamping, I really should have colored in the design on the stamper head, but this was faster), and added some black and gold dots. I was debating throwing in a fourth color (likely red) but decided to leave it as-is. The dots really helped! For once my “if it doesn’t look completed, add dots” worked 🙂

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! And maybe this was useful (basically, you can pay $5 for L’oreal that is the same color and ease of use as a $10 OPI). Also sorry this post is late…but I technically made it up before midnight so Monday!!

Comments on: "Swatch Test: Pastel Nudes" (7)

  1. I’m also a bit nude polish obsessed. They’re all so pretty – love the nail stamp. Must try!

    • Geometrics are the best with nudes! I firmly believe this. I keep looking for the perfect soft white nude and I haven’t found it yet…but in my attempts I stumbled across a LOT of other pretty polishes!

      • https://wp.me/p9EbYM-9x
        I’m definitely going to try those nail stencils! Any of the Essie whites – that I blogged on here, look amazing. Of course the more coats you apply the whiter it’ll look. But keep it to a minimum to a achieve a great white nude look 😊

      • But essies are expensive!! But yah, essie makes a mean white and off-white polish 🙂

      • You’re defiantly right on that! 😩 However, stores like Target often have a few shades on clearance – they’re put there to make room for the newer shades. Look there and build up your collection a few at a time. I find that the ‘higher’ end brands tend to stay on my nails a little while longer. I’ve also used OPI – another great brand. 😊 Do you recommend other brands?

      • I own more OPIs that Essies, and i love the consistency of their creme polishes by the brush is too large for my tiny pinky! In terms of favorite brands, for cremes its OPI or Zoya. The funkier finishes (glitters, shimmers, holos) I tend to turn to Emily de Molly, KBShimmer, or ILNP. A recent favorite is Great Lakes Lacquer too!

      • Nice, great, thank you for that! 😊 I will try them.

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