Surprisingly, this summer I have moved away from bright coral and hot pink nail polishes for something a little more subdued. My colour of choice? Blue-green! Okay, okay, I know that 'blue-green' is technically not a colour, but it really is the best way to describe the following eight nail polishes:
NYX Advanced Salon Formula Nail Polish in 'Surf':
This stunning blue-green polish (think brighter than mint, but lighter than turquoise), packed full of iridescent turquoise shimmer has quickly made its way into my top favourites. With a beautiful glossy finish, NYX's 'Surf' applies opaquely in just two coats, giving the nails a punch of colour. While this is a great colour for both spring and summer, I personally, would hesitate to wear this during the colder months.
Orly Nail Laquer in 'Frisky':
In my opinion, Orly has some of the best quality nail polishes on the market, and Frisky, a gorgeous bright blue (with a hint of green), is no exception. This polish applies opaquely in just two coats (you could probably get away with one, if you were in a hurry), and gives the nails a semi-glossy finish. While I would steer away from most blue-green polishes during the colder months, Frisky is, surprisingly, one polish that works all year long.
Cheeky Monkey Nail Polish in 'Get Wet':
The brain child of Andrea Pahn, Cheeky Monkey is a tongue-in cheek nail polish company whose product names will make you blush (trust me, when I say 'Get Wet' is tame). This light blue polish, with just a hint of green is 3-free meaning it doesn't contain formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP. Unfortunately, this polish is a little on the thin side, but with a steady hand and three coats, 'Get Wet' gives the nails a beautiful finish.
China Glaze Nail Polish in 'For Audrey':
While some may assume I picked up this polish solely for the name (I am a huge Audrey Hepburn fan if you couldn't already tell), it was actually the polish's 'tiffany box blue' colour that first attracted me. This polish is fairly thick and applies opaquely in two coats. Unfortunately this polish doesn't look as 'tiffany blue' on the nails as it does in the bottle, however it does give the nails a creamy, muddy blue-green finish.
China Glaze Nail Polish in 'Turned Up Turquoise':
This super bright, turquoise blue polish, packed with lighter blush shimmer, is a perfect polish for all of those neon lovers out there (myself included). While the photo above gives the polish a somewhat light appearance (still working with this new camera!), in person this polish has a deep green undertone. This polish applies opaquely in two coats, and unless used in combination with a top coat, dries to a matte finish.
Essie Nail Polish in 'Turquoise and Caicos':
If you read my blog on a regular basis, you will know this vibrant aqua-blue nail polish is one of my all time favourites. This is the colour I have been sporting the majority of the summer, and love that it looks great with both super pale skin (hello me, back in June) and more tanned skin. This polish is a little finicky to work with, but does apply opaquely in two to three coats (depends on your preference). 'Turquoise and Caicos' is the perfect summer-time colour, so if you don't already own it, I highly suggest you pick a bottle up before the warmer months are over.
Illamasqua Nail Varnish in 'Nomad':
This amazing minty green polish is one that I just couldn't help but pick up while I was in NYC last April (seriously, I tried to walk away several times, but couldn't). Like all of Illamasqua's polishes (or at least the ones I have tried), 'Nomad' is richly pigmented and applies opaquely in one to two coats (again it depends on your preference). While on the expensive side (ummm...ya, it's $16 USD a bottle), I definitely think this polish is worth the price, as it gives the nails a very unique colour.
Orly Nail Lacquer in 'Green With Envy':
This deep teal polish (there is a strong green undertone in this one), is the perfect colour for spring, summer and fall (you could probably get away with this during the winter as well). Like, Frisky, this polish has a gorgeous glossy finish and applies opaquely in one to two coats. This polish looks amazing on its own or when paired with China Glaze's 'Turned Up Turquoise' (think accent nail).
Green With Envy, Turned Up Turquoise, Turquoise and Caicos, Nomad
Surf, Get Wet, For Audrey, Frisky
Are you as in love with blue-green polishes as I am? Which is your favourite? Do you have any other blue-green polishes you would recommend I try? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below.