Monday, 10 March 2014

Manicure Monday: Pretty Purples

Now that Spring is in full force (we've had Pancake Day, people are wearing pastels and my neighbours had a barbecue yesterday; it's Spring), we can really embrace pretty colours, and there is no better place to do this than on your nails. I'm not normally a purple girl, but shades that are either bright or delicate (bonus points for both!) do tend to win me over. I thought I would show you a few that I like at this time of year, although annoyingly, one of my Essie favourites, a lovely lilac, has gone missing. If I do find it, I'll give it a post all to itself in celebration!

Front Cover - Sloe Berry
I thought that as I had thrown away the box of the set this came in, I wouldn't be able to tell you the name of this shade, which is why it isn't labelled on the swatch. It was however, written on the bottle - duh. This was part of the Metallic Collection, which I believe is no longer available; they change their collections seasonally, but I would definitely recommend giving them a go. The sets make excellent presents, and the formulas apply really nicely. I know this one looks a bit streaky, but it needed 3 coats. However, in the interests of fairness, I always do two coats and no top coat for all of my nail swatches. 

OPI 
I do realise I am being highly unhelpful today, but this little mini also came in a set, so I don't know its name. I can't even find the set by Googling, which is odd. However, I have used this little bottle loads, and still have plenty left, which is quite impressive really. If you are very keen on the colour, from what I can tell, it is fairly similar to Planks A Lot from OPI's Pirates of the Caribbean collection. It's also a smidge lighter than it looks in my photos. 

Barry M Gelly - Prickly Pear
Okay, here's one I do know! The Gelly polishes are fantastically glossy, and this one is one of my favourites from the range, and incidentally, my favourite of the polishes featured here today. I love how it leans neither pink nor blue; it's a true pastel purple. I wore this loads last year, and I know I will use it just as much this Spring.

Barry M - Berry Ice Cream
Another gem from good old Barry, and this one is the most typically lilac/lavender shade I own. Far pinker than Prickly Pear, this is perfect for Easter time, and a lovely middle ground for those more accustomed to wearing safe colours such as pink on their nails, wanting to try out something a bit different. This is also a bit Radiant Orchid, so very 2014. Wear it with Benefit's Lollitint for a matchy-matchy candy-girl look. 

Do you love a purple nail? What's your favourite purple polish?

12 comments:

  1. Ah Prickly Pear is soooooo gorgeous. I love purple polishes xx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

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  2. I love Barry M Prickly Pear! I don't have Berry Ice Cream but I think I need to get my hands on it for spring/summer - it's such a gorgeous candy purple!

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    1. Candy shades are just everywhere right now, we are all obsessed! I'd definitely recommend it, as the formula is nice too. x

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  3. The Berry Ice Cream looks really beautiful! Xx

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    1. I love it! I have had it for ages too, and it hasn't gone gloopy at all. x

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    1. I love a bit of Barry M! Cheap and cheerful, but actually great quality. x

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  5. Oh, prickly pear is stunning! I really love the Barry M formulas and I think I definitely need a lilac in my ever-growing collection! xx

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    1. Lilac is so popular at the moment, it's the whole Pantone thing I think! x

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  6. Lilac is one of our favourite colours to paint on our nails. We have already gone through a few bottles1

    www.mkstyleramblings.blogspot.com.au

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