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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Top 11 of 2011- Polish Edition


When I made my Top 11 of 2011 post (here) I realized that there was no way I could choose just one or two nail polishes to sum up a whole year. So I didn't. That's right; my blog, my rules. That said, not every polish was released in 2011, these just represent my faves over the past year. To make things a bit more manageable, I divided my selections into creams and shimmer/glitter. 

Onto the creams:

L-R: Essie Topless & Barefoot, Essie Nice in Nice, China Glaze Something Sweet, OPI Jade is the New Black, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Gray by Gray, OPI Road House Blues

L-R: Essie Topless & Barefoot, Essie Nice in Nice, China Glaze Something Sweet, OPI Jade is the New Black, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Gray by Gray, OPI Road House Blues

Essie Topless & Barefoot and Essie Nice is Nice
Both of these shades are from the 'A French Affair' Collection, that I (without meaning to) ended up collecting almost the entire collection (minus the shade 'French Affair'... go figure.) Topless & Barefoot is described as a 'barely there soft beige pink' which is spot on. I love this shade, such a pretty take on nude. For swatches, see here. Nice is Nice is described as a 'whimsical light lavender'. It's not the most unique, as there are a ton of pastel purples around, but it's the one I ended up with and it is very pretty and soft for a demure pop of colour.

China Glaze Something Sweet
Something Sweet is a light, baby pink with a touch of lavender and happens to be one of my favourite pink polishes ever. Big statement, but so true. This is such a pretty shade, that is very wearable. Swatch available here.

OPI Jade is the New Black
I'm pretty sure I once stated that I'd marry this green if I could, and that still holds true. Jade is the New Black is a slightly dusty, yet vibrant jade green. Love. Swatches here.

Sally Hansen Gray by Gray
While I do love gray, this is not it. Gray by Gray is a gorgeous dusty slate blue. It is quite similar to MAC's Blue India which I missed out on.

OPI Road House Blues
Road House Blues was released with OPI's Touring America Collection, and is a deep navy creme with a slight twist of indigo. Swatched here.

The shimmers/glitters:

L-R: NYX Girls Buzz Worthy, OPI Designer de Better, Orly Rage, Butter London Wallis, L'Oreal Owl's Night

L-R: NYX Girls Buzz Worthy, OPI Designer de Better, Orly Rage, Butter London Wallis, L'Oreal Owl's Night

NYX Girls Buzz Worthy
Gold nail polishes usually aren't my thing, but this is a slightly taupey gold glitter that just has that something different to make it stand out. 

OPI Desginer de Better
I had a hard time choosing between this and Warm & Fozzie as they are both gorgeous shades. There had to be just one victor though, so Designer de Better it is. Designer De Better is a dirty silver foil with micro copper flakes. It applies so smoothly that it looks like it should be a nail skin. A really unique shade that was perfect for the holidays. Swatched here

Orly Rage
Rage is the a perfect rose gold foil. Like the previous shade, this is one foil that puts most others to shame due to the fact that it applies like a dream. Very lovely. Swatches here.

Butter London Wallis
What can I say about Wallis... as soon as I saw the promo photos I knew that it had to be mine. It is a "tarnished, metallic olive gold, as mysterious and regal as its namesake" that is... well perfect! It applies wonderfully and catches the light and glows from within. Might just be my number one of the year. Swatched here.

L'Oreal Owl's Night
Last, but not least, Owl's Night. A very popular shade, and for good reason; this dirty green tinged taupe with coppery-golden glitter is so unique and like the previous shade glows from within. Gorgeous! Swatches here.


What polishes made your best of '11 list?





2 comments:

  1. Omg! I want them all :(
    They all look amazing, especially the first 3 pastel ones!

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  2. I love a pastel too! I'm excited to see the new ones that are sure to be released this spring.

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