Monday, June 30, 2014

A Pastel Pink Nail Polish Edit

Brace yourselves... 

pastel pink nail polishes are coming

Yes I just made a reference to a meme that belongs back in 2012 but I don't care.
First of all, I have a confession to make... I kinda hate the colour pink. I know I should be kicked off Planet Girly for saying that but I do make one exception and that exception is pastel pink nail polishes. There's just something in how they flatter each skin tone and how they manage to stand out yet still remain soft and feminine. This post is an ode to the 6 pastel pinks that have remained on rotation over the last few years.

From left to right:

1. Essie Van D'Go - the peachiest of the bunch. Application isn't the best but if you can smooth it out in 3 even coats it has decent lasting power and looks amazing with a bit of a tan. Excellent pedicure colour.
2. Dior Tutu - sadly this was limited edition and is no longer available but it is extremely similar to the next one, 3. Ciate Strawberry Milkshake. Tutu is a hint cooler toned and it comes with that patented thick Dior brush that so many people love (and I hate). I prefer the Ciate Strawberry Milkshake because it's opaque in 2 coats and wears like a champion.
4. Essie French Affair - the most lavender of the bunch. Again, inconsistent application but it's not quite as milky and thus can be a beautiful slightly more subtle option if you wanna go pastel pink but not full on "mod" 1960's style... which brings us to number 5. OPI Mod About You. This is what started it all for me so it holds a special place in my heart. It's a chalky cool toned pale pastel pink, it dries down and wears a shade or two darker and warmer than when you first apply it. Application is better than Essie Fiji (next up) but still requires a steady hand and 2-3 coats for an even finish.
6. Essie Fiji - this is the one I get the most compliments on, every single time I wear it. It is the most pale of the bunch. It's almost an off-white pastel pink and it looks awesome on the nails. Sadly, the application is dreadful. 3 coats and they're streaky. You have to be patient with this shade and patience is something I lack. It's worth it though :)

I'd say in terms of overall performance, Ciate Strawberry Milkshake wins the battle. It's in the middle of the road in terms of cool/warm tone of pink, it applies evenly, it's not limited edition and the bottle is adorable. As to where to buy them? Sephora and The Bay carry them in Canada, as well as a slew of options online (Nordstrom and Dillards as well!)

Am I alone here in my pastel pink obsession? What colours do you like to wear the most in the warmer months?


  1. I don't comment much (I know, I should, I should) but I've been watching your videos and reading your blog for a while, and this post made me laugh out loud. I didn't know someone else actually liked opaque pale pink polishes! I've tried so many I've lost track, but the Ciate is new to me. Must check that one out.

    I typically go for shades that are less stark, though - OPI Let Them Eat Rice Cake (don't ask how many backups I have, that one's oooold), OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around, Sephora by OPI XOX Betsey (dc'ed, because of course), and Essie Topless and Barefoot. I've been playing with the newish Burberry polish, but not sure I like the formula. The first four are the ones I really go back to over and over.

  2. You need to check out Zoya polishes, they are amazing!!

  3. Yes!!!! I love this kind of colour too! Looks so polished and clean!

    Essie's Fiji started it all for me, but I couldn't deal with the formula (I feel like that about a lot of Essie polishes though). So I've settled for Sally Hansen Crinoline as my go-to pale pink. It's a little whiter than some of these other polishes but the application isn't as atrocious. Maybe I'll give some of your other picks a try though :)

  4. OPI is bar far the brand I would gravitate towards. Doesn’t chip as easily as the others you have mentioned and the colour selection never disappoints!

  5. such nice colors! I love OPI nail polishes, I think they best of the best!)

    will be happy if you'll find a minute to see my blog!

  6. I haven't tried that cite shade but I have a couple others and love the way they look, so this may have to go on the list… The only pastel pink i have is Barry M, which is great but perhaps a bit shiny?

  7. MUA has some good dupes for these colours.
    I am a new reader and would love it if you could check out mine too x

  8. Pink nails are absolutely lovely for summer :)

  9. This is the most perfect post for me, I absolutely love pastel pink nail polish shades! I love wearing them alone but i also love applying a glittery top coat for added sparkle!

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  10. Lovely picks, Sandra! I usually go for bolder or deeper polishes, but it's nice to know which subtle pink polishes are the prettiest if I'm in the mood :)



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