Hurry up, spring! My nail polish picks for spring 2014 (plus a dud)

It never fails: as soon as March hits, regardless of the fact that spring doesn’t actually start till the 20th of the month, I move headfirst into ~spring~ mode.  Last night I switched over all my makeup to spring-like colours, and over are the days of dark & moody / icy & cool nail polish colors – bring on the pops of colour and pastels!

Spring 2014 Nail Polish Colors

I went through my nail polish collection this week (which, despite my *efforts* is still increasing in size, rather than hovering around 100 which is my goal :S) and rounded up the shades that most say ‘SPRING!’ to me.  Many of these shades are new acquisitions to my stash, so of course I’m totally enamoured with them.  I think I’m quite covered when it comes to a good array of shades…though I may need a few more metallics, now that I think about it ~always enabling~  I only really own two – the perfect gold, and a striking silver.  I wouldn’t mind throwing a nice rose-gold in the mix somewhere.  Suggestions??

Spring 2014 Nail Polish Colors(Left to right): Dior Bloom, butter London Poole, Essie Splash of Grenadine, Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like, China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint, Chanel Orange Fizz, Zoya Robyn

I’ve noticed a trend over the past couple years, and it’s that spring isn’t just for pastels anymore.  Though I do love all the Easter egg shades that crop up this time of year, I’m enjoying seeing random pops of colour in the spring collections more and more.

Having said that, I am a sucker for any pale aqua or minty green shades that come my way.  Last week at Winners I snagged butter London’s Poole for $12CAD; I had drooled over it last summer but felt that I had several shades similar.  Turns out, indeed I do – but it’s different enough to justify owning it and I love it all the same :)

butter London Poole swatch butter London Poole swatchbutter London Poole, under artificial light

comparison butter London PooleLeft to right: China Glaze For Audrey, Zoya Wednesday, butter London Poole, MAC Mischievous Mint

I also grabbed China Glaze’s Re-Fresh Mint at Winners at the same time (on for $5CAD). Green is NOT my polish colour of choice – unless it’s pale/pastel. I had bought butter London’s Bossy Boots last year for that reason, but I find it’s yellow-leanings don’t do my hands any favours. I’d hoped Re-Fresh Mint with it’s cooler tones might make up for that error….sadly, I dislike it even more than Bossy Boots! UGH this looks terrible on me – it’s like white-out with a drop of green food colouring mixed in (got St Paddy’s Day and green beer on my mind, I guess lol) and aside from it looking awful on my skin tone, the formula leaves much to be desired.  Two thick, gloopy coats are required (actually, it’s the only option – thin coats are impossible as it streaks and balls up on itself in seconds) so if I’d actually wore this as a mani (I only put it on for this swatch) then dry time would be atrocious.  NO THANK YOU :(

China Glaze Re-fresh Mint swatchChina Glaze Re-Fresh Mint, under artificial light

butter London Bossy Boots vs China Glaze Re-fresh Mintbutter London Bossy Boots (left), China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint (right)

In the spirit of Radiant Orchid Madness 2014, I ordered Essie’s Splash of Grenadine from NPC last month, and guys – I cannot tell you HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS COLOR!!!!!  I think it’s the prettiest nail polish colour I own, seriously.  It required three thin coats to reach opacity, but the little bit of extra time is totally worth it!

Essie Splash of Grenadine swatch Essie Splash of GrenadineEssie Splash of Grenadine, artificial light

My photos don’t capture the gloriousness, but trust: this polish is LOVELY.

You may have noticed that I failed to mentioned the beautiful bright pink polish to the far left, Dior Bloom.  Fear not, my dear friends – THAT baby is going to have a separate post all to it’s own ;)

Spring 2014 Nail Polish Colors

What shades do you like to wear in spring?  Are you more of a pastel girl, or do you prefer brights? Do you like / can you wear green nail polish? ~shudders~

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  1. #1 by Sarah on March 1, 2014 - 11:34 am

    I had Bossy Boots and it looked terrible on me, plus I hated the formula, so I got rid of it. I prefer brights for spring, because pastels tend to emphasize redness in my hands, no matter the shade. I can’t wait for the post on Bloom!

    • #2 by Latoya on March 5, 2014 - 4:41 pm

      Yes, I know what you mean Sarah – pastels are tricky, and they can cause lobster hands more often than not!! Every so often I’ll score a winner, but they’re few and far between…

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  2. #3 by Tracy@Beauty Reflections on March 1, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    All are pretty! I like the idea of pastels on nails for spring too! And on my eyes! And on my cheeks! PASTELS EVERYWHERE hahahaha!

    • #4 by Latoya on March 4, 2014 - 7:09 am

      Haha awesome, Tracy. You’re fortunate that with your porcelain skin, pastels look FAB on you!! So max ‘em out :)

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  3. #5 by doctorcrafty on March 1, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    I actually think Re-fresh Mint looks pretty on you! I’m a big fan of brights and pastels. Oh, and it’s a good time to break out the glitters and holos when the sun is back out!

    • #6 by Latoya on March 7, 2014 - 8:47 am

      Very true! I usually do that too :) It’s funny that some of you like Re-Fresh Mint on me, I’m sure I’m just biased against green! LOL

  4. #7 by Liz (@Reductionista) on March 1, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    My favourite on you is Poole, and your comparison reminds me of how much I love For Audrey! But what I want to steal most from this post is your awesome application skills. :D

    • #8 by Latoya on March 4, 2014 - 7:08 am

      LOL thanks Liz! See the ‘trick’ that I shared with MM – that’s all it is! As for Poole – yep, it’s darn pretty – and I do so love For Audrey! So glad I got over my fear of aqua…now if I could only figure out green the same way…

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  5. #9 by sunlightbeauty on March 2, 2014 - 12:28 am

    nice picks, there is a nice range of colors that you picked. I like to wear nudes or brights. I also like to be boring in the spring and do a classic French manicure haha. I do not think I own any green nail polishes just bluegreen colors. I’d be open to trying a dark green nail polish just to see how it looks!

    • #10 by Latoya on March 4, 2014 - 7:07 am

      Oh yes, nudes in spring are great too, totally skipped over those – whoops! I hope you find a nice dark green, I feel like I’ve tried and tried and every time I end up giving the green polish away because it’s just not the color for me :(

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  6. #11 by Kayta on March 2, 2014 - 4:24 am

    That China Glaze colour is gorgeous.

    • #12 by Latoya on March 7, 2014 - 8:47 am

      LOL Well I’m glad someone likes it! :)

  7. #13 by Makeup Morsels on March 2, 2014 - 4:27 pm

    YEAHHHH BRING ON THE BRIGHTS. No recs for rose gold….well maybe Orly Rage if it’s still available? And guess what my favorite color is? GREEN hahahah, I’m still wearing greens and vampy shades right now. P.S. your manicure skills are flawless. Teach me your ways.

    • #14 by Latoya on March 4, 2014 - 7:05 am

      Ha, thanks MM :) No fancy tricks except I always do my thumbs last because I use ‘em to clean up the other nails! I know some of you can rock green polish like nobody’s business and I’m envious (green with…? O_o). It just looks awful on me no matter which way I spin it!

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  8. #15 by Cookie on March 4, 2014 - 4:44 am

    I have never been a huge fan of pastels on me. I’m learning more and more (by reading beauty blogs 😊) and I think I’ve just not found the right undertones for my skin. I have For Audrey but haven’t tried it yet. Wednesday looks pretty. Splash of Grenadine, which looks lovely on you, is on my list to pick up.

    Don’t wear a lot of green save for my jerseys for a local team. Obviously I need polish to match! Most are in the grass green area of the color wheel. Revlon Posh is the closest I have for a match to my jersey.

    • #16 by Latoya on March 4, 2014 - 6:52 am

      Oh you definitely should, Cookie!! It’s gorgeous. As for undertones & pastels, it really does make a difference in which shades will work best – I wish you luck in finding the right ones for you! :)

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  9. #17 by T on March 8, 2014 - 6:52 pm

    Love your post, love BL Poole too. May I suggest BL ‘lillibet’s jubillee’ it’s a lavender metallic foil, smooth formula, brushstrokes not a problem, ha! I just convinced myself to go put it on again!

    • #18 by Latoya on March 11, 2014 - 4:22 pm

      Ohhhhh I’m going to google it ASAP, thanks for the reco, T!! It sounds all sorts of awesome!!

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  10. #19 by Denise on March 9, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    Soooo, I bought Butter London’s Poole when it came out last year and I HAVE NOT USED IT YET. This post has reminded me to bust that baby open. (How sad is it that I buy and accumulate so much nail polish that I can completely forget about such a GORGEOUS SHADE?)

    I love both brights and pastels. I don’t discriminate, really. Splash of Grenadine is one of my faves from Essie. I should bust that out again for Spring! And I definitely think you can wear green. I think a bright lime green would look stunning against your skintone…

    • #20 by Latoya on March 10, 2014 - 11:33 am

      You know, I think you might be right Denise! I’ve been eyeing a few lime-y shades – I should just take the plunge already.

      And YOU need to wear Poole already!!!

      (and a few more !!!!)

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  11. #21 by Bcteagirl on March 24, 2014 - 5:35 pm

    Lovely shades! I have been pulling out the pale purples, and once it is honestly spring I have a few corals (Both of the orangy and pinky variety) that I want to try :)

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