Celebrating the Arrival of Spring With New(ish) Nail Polish Pretties!

Though I’ve been in somewhat of a nail polish slump, similarly to filling in gaps in my makeup collection, I’ve been picking up polish shades here and there that fit in nicely with the array of colors I already have.  For the most part, I’ve been beefing up my existing collection with shades that are generally thought of when we think ‘spring’ – pale, pastel-like shades that have a fresh, soft, feminine quality to them.  I know that there’s no need to stick to ‘seasonal’ colors any more, but I personally like to change the tones I wear (for both makeup and nails) each season, and typical spring shades are no exception.

New Spring 2013 Nail Polish

I actually don’t own a large array of pale nail polishes, as I normally gravitate toward broodier, richer tones, but this season I’ve accrued five new shades that I’m totally digging, which means I now have a good handful or two of polishes that are just perfect for the spring season.  My two favorites from past years have been Zoya’s Marley and MAC’s Mischievous Mint, and now joining those two are: Sally Hansen Barracuda, a pale yet bright blue; China Glaze Dandy Lyin’ Around (new from this season’s Avant Garden collection), a shimmering white; butter London’s Bossy Boots, a pale pistachio green, and Jasper (new from the Sweetie Shop Spring 2013 collection), a pale lemon yellow; and Chanel Orange Fizz, a slightly muted coral orange.

Sally Hansen Barracuda is a Complete Salon formula, which is supposed to mean that its the full meal deal, with base & top coat qualities rolled into the one polish.  I actually do find these polishes to wear better without base coat, and the swatches below with sans top coat – as you can see, this baby is SHINY.  There really is no need for top coat unless you need a quick drying one to get it on and get out the door.  I found it did require three coats to achieve full opacity and to look it’s best, so if you’re in a hurry you may need a fast-drying top coat anyway.  However, I found that it dries relatively quickly on it’s own, so its not an absolutely necessary step.  Also, I have to mention that I adore the brush on these polishes – it’s wide and thin and covers almost my whole nail bed in one go.  Application is a breeze!

Sally Hansen Barracuda swatches (2) Sally Hansen Barracuda swatches (4) Sally Hansen Barracuda swatches (3) Sally Hansen Barracuda swatches

China Glaze Dandy Lyin’ Around was a recent lemming of mine, having only first seen it on All Lacquered Up (a blog, by the way, I’m pleased to see back in action!) this past week.  A couple weeks ago, Taylor of My Lucite Dreams posted about a white polish, and it looked SO lovely on her but I knew the white polish trend was NOT going to be my friend.  However, when I saw Dandy Lyin’, I had a feeling that it’s softer, sparkling quality might be a way for me to try the trend, and I was right!!  I really like this polish a lot, even despite the fact that it’s sheerness and slightly streaky quality requires three coats – just be careful in your application.  It’s worth the effort for me as I’m loving the look on my hands!  I can’t wait to try it on summer toes :)  Note that no top coat was used, and I don’t feel it needs one, unless you want to get that smooth, uber-glossy look.

China Glaze Dandy Lyin' Around (8) China Glaze Dandy Lyin' Around (20) China Glaze Dandy Lyin' Around (24) China Glaze Dandy Lyin' Around (26)

butter London Bossy Boots has NOT been a recent lemming; in fact, I wanted this bad boy last year but held out until a couple months ago when I got it on discount.  As a general rule, I do not like green nail polish – not on others (typically) and definitely not on me.  However, light greens are totally exempt and I love the way they look.  I’m not 100% sold on the yellowish undertones in Bossy Boots as being the best for me, but I still enjoy this shade and am glad I finally picked it up.  The application was good with no real troubles – shown is with two coats – although it would benefit from a top coat to give it a bit more gloss and shine (no top coat used in photos).

butter London Bossy Boots - Natural Light butter London Bossy Boots - Artificial Light butter London Bossy Boots - Flash

butter London Jasper was another longer-term lemming of mine since the launch of the Sweetie Shop collection earlier this year.  I could have easily bought every shade from the release, but held myself back to just this one.  I don’t own a single yellow, and dislike most versions of the shade, but this pale shade hooked me from the get-go.  I love it on and it just screams spring to me.  I’ve read conflicting reviews on this color’s formula – I don’t have a lot of experience with pale yellows, but I think that this formula is pretty darn good.  It does require a bit more attention to application, but as far as it goes this is a good formula with minimal issue, for me at least!  I did go with three coats just to get the best opacity, but it wasn’t that much of a pain.  Like Bossy Boots, it would benefit from a shiny top coat, which I did not use in these photos.

butter London Jasper swatches (19) butter London Jasper swatches (12) butter London Jasper swatches (16) butter London Jasper swatches (2)

Chanel Orange Fizz was sort of a random buy, which happens very rarely these days.  When I picked up a few things from Chanel earlier this year, I was disappointed with the spring shades released but wanted a new polish.  This one grabbed my attention and I’m super-happy that I bought it, it’s a stunner!  This shade is obviously more pigmented/intense than the other shades I’ve shown above, but it still has a soft quality to it that feels spring-like to me (though this will also be kick-ass in summer!)  The formula is thicker (typical of many Chanel polishes, I’ve found), but flows well and is self-leveling – again, just take care in your application and you should have no problems.  I love the glossiness of this polish on it’s own – no top coat needed!  I used three coats in these swatches, and you can still see slight VNL, but in person it’s hardly noticeable, and you could probably opt for two coats – I’m just fussy :P

Chanel Orange Fizz Chanel Orange Fizz (9) Chanel Orange Fizz (3) Chanel Orange Fizz (6)

So there you have it!  A handful of pretty polishes – a perfect way to shove usher in spring :)

New Spring 2013 Nail Polish (2)

So!  What spring shades are you lemming/have you picked up?  Do you go with softer shades or stick to whatever floats your boat at the time?

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  1. #1 by Emi at Project Swatch on March 20, 2013 - 8:30 am

    Your nails are so, so gorgeous. I have nail envy! And while I dislike pastels on my (lighter) skintone, I love the contrast with your slightly darker skin – so pretty!

    • #2 by Latoya on March 20, 2013 - 5:22 pm

      Thanks Emi!! I do agree that I really like the way they contrast on my skin. It’s weird because its kind of counter-intuitive – and I find a lot of deeper shades look really stunning on lighter skin and not so great on mine!

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. #3 by satine89 on March 20, 2013 - 8:45 am

    I love them all, but that light yellow is SO cute!!!

    • #4 by Latoya on March 20, 2013 - 5:20 pm

      Satine, it is awesome!!! It would look fab on you I bet. I’m so glad it turned out to be a good yellow and not like jaundice haha.

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. #5 by Sarah on March 20, 2013 - 9:59 am

    These are lovely. In my humble opinion the CSM are some of the best on the market in terms of formula and application. I have Bossy Boots and while I love the colour, it is just not flattering on me. It looks great on you!

    • #6 by Latoya on March 20, 2013 - 5:19 pm

      Thanks Sarah! I do like it, but I can see how it could be tricky. I’m really impressed with the CSM, I only have two but I want a bunch more now!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  4. #7 by Larie on March 20, 2013 - 2:00 pm

    These are wonderful pastels and creams for the spring season! I’ve been a bit all over the place with my polish choices lately. Not sure what I’m going to wear next!

    • #8 by Latoya on March 20, 2013 - 5:18 pm

      I have been for awhile too Larie, but having gotten a lot of these polishes recently has given me a bit of a theme to go with :) I’m really loving them all!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  5. #9 by Becca @ The Beauty Sample on March 20, 2013 - 6:01 pm

    Oh dear Lord–Barracuda looks SO AWESOME on you, Toya! Really it just suits your skin tone beautifully! I want it sooooo bad right now (though I’m sure it won’t look as incredible on me but eh, whatevs :P). I haven’t seen it in-stores otherwise I would have most certainly scooped it up! Oh and PS: you are really good at doing your own nails! So pretty and neat!

    • #10 by Latoya on March 22, 2013 - 7:03 am

      Thank you, Becca!!! I love doing a manicure, so relaxing :) I love Barracuda too, I think it came out last year but I just saw it in store in the past couple months. I hope you get your hands on it!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  6. #11 by Liz (@Reductionista) on March 20, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    This is a nice spring collection! I’ve been eying Barracuda myself but no more room for blues, methinks.

    They all look great on you but my favourites on you are the CG white and BL yellow. :)

    • #12 by Latoya on March 22, 2013 - 7:05 am

      I was surprised at how much I loved the CG shade, Liz. Like going from 0 to 60 on white nail polish!! I had it on all week, I just loved the soft effect. And of course the yellow is just darling!

      Sent from my iPhone

  7. #13 by refinedandpolished on March 21, 2013 - 1:38 pm

    These all look great on you! I’ve been going back and forth about picking up Jasper. You may have convinced me that I need it.

    • #14 by Latoya on March 21, 2013 - 2:03 pm

      Mwahaha excellent! I hope I have, Lakeisha – it would look fab on you!!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  8. #15 by Maggie (@MaggiesMakeup) on March 21, 2013 - 4:40 pm

    So pretty and Easter-y! That yellow in particular looks lovely on you, and I saw that as someone who’s developed an eye twitch when it comes to yellow nail polish (hard to apply, streaky hot mess).

    • #16 by Latoya on March 22, 2013 - 7:06 am

      Haha Maggie you crack me up :P I have heard that yellows are, uh – challenging – but I didn’t find this shade much of a hassle at all. Loving it!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  9. #17 by Denise on March 21, 2013 - 8:34 pm

    Ahhh, all these shades look SO GOOD on you!!!

    I’m seriously jealous of how nice Orange Fizz looks against your skintone. I ended up hating that shade on me so much, I gave it away after using it only once. :(

    Don’t know why you don’t have more lighter shades, they’re gorgeous, especially on your nail shape!

    • #18 by Latoya on March 22, 2013 - 7:08 am

      Thanks Denise! I definitely have changed my mind on light shades, I agree I do like the look of them on me. Gotta keep broadening the horizons :)

      Sorry to heat Orange Fizz was unflattering on you! I think it might be a particular shade on several skin tones…

      Sent from my iPhone

  10. #19 by Makeup Morsels on March 23, 2013 - 3:40 am

    I do the same (generally stick to seasonal shades, although I’ll definitely break the rules too). I like it because it allows me to rotate my makeup products somewhat and actually use the stuff I own LOL. These shades are all gorgeous, but oh man Orange Fizz…that one’s my favorite. Looks so good on you!

    • #20 by Latoya on March 23, 2013 - 4:06 pm

      Thanks MM! I love it too – but I haven’t worn it as a full mani yet, for shame eh? I just can’t until the damn snow is gone for good.

      And that’s the exact reason I wear ‘seasonal’ shades too! Gotta make sure they all get *face* time :P

      Sent from my iPhone

  11. #21 by Amy on March 30, 2013 - 11:47 pm

    Ooooooh Orange Fizz! I don’t even like orange and I want it :) Sunshine makes me want to wear bright and happy colors, too. Time to pull them out of their drawers!

    • #22 by Latoya on April 7, 2013 - 9:48 am

      Yep, thank goodness the sun is coming out again!! I missed it so ;) I’m embracing spring with a vengeance!

      Sent from my iPhone

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