Nail polish – what to look for when shopping for a new shade?

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Manicured and polished nails always appealed to me a great deal. As a little girl, I used to admire my mom’s nails. They were always perfectly shaped and painted. Yet, she never had a professionally done manicure back then. She took care of her natural nails all by herself.

With an influence like that, no wonder I started polishing my nails regularly before I even became a teenager. At one point in my life I gave up nail polishing for a few years, completely. Now I’m back again, enjoying taking colorful care of my nails whole-heartedly once again.

I love to try new lines and shades, even a little bit of nail art, yet, more than anything, I appreciate a good quality of the product I choose to use. It helps in many ways, including the shorter time used for application and a better-looking final result.
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Perfect manicure with red nail polish
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Top properties of a good nail polish (in my opinion): Babyblue nail polish

  • good quality brush
  • good coverage
  • non-toxic ingredients
  • some other important things of the line are: selection of colors and drying time

Following is my personal review and experience with a few lines of nail polish I’ve been using and testing in many different conditions. By the way, I’m only talking about the natural nails here because I have no experience with fake nails of any kind. Another person’s experience and consequences after looking pretty with those – will keep me away from artificial nails for life.
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Zoya Pixie Dust

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I just recently tried one of the orange shades from Pixie Dust nail polish line and wasn’t too thrilled at first. After three coats the color looked dull and hardly sparkly. I wanted nothing more than take it of and apply something prettier. A couple of days later a sun ray hit my bare toes and I had a wow reaction. Sunlit, my toes really looked pretty and sparkling with pixie dust. So, I’ll definitely use this nail polish again. But probably more often during the summer months.

Zoya Pixie Dust features:

  • good brush
  • average coverage
  • fast drying
  • stunning colors
  • great shine (in the sun)
  • good ingredients
  • long lasting

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Opi nail polishes

Opi brand to me is like a trademark of a quality when it comes to painting nails. Never-ending new shades added are just a refreshing bonus.

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Features of Opi brand nail polishes:

  • excellent coverage
  • fast drying
  • long lasting
  • good brush
  • great colors
  • good ingredients

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Sally Hansen Triple Shine and Salon Manicure nail polishes

Not the best ingredients but great selection of new styles and shades keeps Sally Hansen nail products popular and well recognizable among average consumers.

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Features of the two Sally Hansen collections of nail polishes (Triple Shine and Salon Manicure):

  • good coverage
  • beautiful colors
  • fast drying
  • long lasting
  • the best brushes of all – they make applying the polish a breeze

There are some other brands out there that I keep in my collection of nail lacquers, mostly because I was looking for a very specific shade. I like pastels and combine them with bold colors by usually using a pastel on my fingernails and more daring color on my toes.

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I hope this review helps you in some way. You’re cordially invited to share your opinion or ask a question below, in the comment section. And keep those nails healthy and beautiful! I’ll be sharing more tips on how to do that, soon… 🙂

Daria

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