Having recently sorted through my makeup collection whilst making my DIY makeup drawer organisers, I thought now would be a good time to show you my little nail polish hoard, before it once again becomes a disorganised mess! My nail polish collection is smaller than those I've seen on other blogs but is ever growing and is as much as I need because, let's face it, what currently jobless and soon-to-be student can afford a tonne?
Firstly, this is the section of my makeup drawer in which I am currently storing my nail polishes. As you can see, all my polishes comfortably fit in this little box, but there is very little room for my collection to grow, therefore I will undoubtedly be finding an alternative storage option when I (hopefully) go to university in September. You may have noticed that I have put a little spot of nail polish on each lid, enabling me to recognize the shades from above. I do this by dabbing a little of the polish on a piece of paper and gently pressing the lid onto it.
Left to right - Gelly Watermelon, Gelly Green Berry, Xmas Glitter, Magenta Glitter, Berry, Matte Crush, Pacific, Topcoat (all Barry M)
Barry M is my favourite and go-to brand for nail paint due to them both having very opaque formulas and being extremely affordable. The only issue I have with them is the formula gets thick fairly quickly but this is easily solved with nail paint thinner. The first two polishes are 'Gelly' paints which are marketed as being longer lasting and 'high shine'. The second two are glitter polishes which I love layering over other polishes as feature nails, particularly the Christmas one which works very well with a pillarbox red. Crush is a more burgundy colour than it appears in the photo, and is currently the only matte polish I own. As part of the Aquarium Nail Effects range, Pacific has a beautiful iridescent quality when it catches the light, reminiscent of fish scales and I am keen to add the other shades to my collection. Finally, the Barry M topcoat is my current clear polish of choice due to the fact that it is quick drying and contains two small metal balls which act to prevent it from becoming thick and clumpy.
Left to right - Attention Seeker, Gold Lining, Vintage Cream, Rudi Red, Lola Lavender (all Fearne)
These polishes are all from Fearne Cotton's 'Perfectly Polished' set which I received as a gift and contains some beautiful pink and pastel shades, all of which I have found to be fairly well pigmented. Gold Lining and Vintage Cream are two shades which I have neglected but I can imagine Gold Lining working very well layered over Rudi Red. As you can see, Rudi Red and Lola Lavender are my most well loved polishes from the set, excepting those I have already used up. However, it's worth mentioning that Rudi Red is rather deceptively named as it is actually a pink colour!
Left to right - Natural Collection Red, Natural Collection Pink, MUA Bright Coral, Random White Polish, Wet N Wild SaGreena the Teenage WitchThe first three of these polishes are ones which I suppose are best referred to as my 'emergency polishes' - those that you buy when you've been invited out last minute, your nails are a mess, and you have no time to run home. The Natural Collection nail paints actually proved to be surprisingly opaque although the shades annoying do not seem to have names. The mini white polish is one which came as a part of a cheap set and isn't great, but I am saving it to try with Konad nail stamping. The Wet n Wild polish is something I picked up whilst in New York, admittedly purely because the name amused me...
What are your favourite polishes from your collection? Are there any other sections from my makeup drawer you'd like to see?