Now that spring is here and temperatures are warming up (seriously, it’s been in the nineties here), I am craving bright colors, and that extends to my nails. Usually, Easter is the time for pastels, but I like something that packs a little more of a punch. To me, spring calls for bright corals and oranges, not soft purples and yellows. After all of the black and gray I wear during winter, intense brights are just the thing I need. I’ve already pulled out my coral lipsticks but my nails needed some color as well.
The problem? Which color to use! I’m a fan of Essie’s lighter creme polishes and I just had too many options to choose from. I finally narrowed it down to three: Tart Deco, a brightened peach, Off the Shoulder, a bright-but-not-neon pink, and Cute as a Button, my absolute favorite pinky/orangey/red coral (see the full review I did here). The obvious choice was Cute as a Button (after all, it is one of my favorite polishes), but seeing these colors together made me so happy that I decided to use all three.
I used two coats of each, and applied Tart Deco to my index finger, Off the Shoulder to my ring and pinky fingers, and Cute as a Button to my thumb and middle finger. I really like using Essie polishes because the brushes are smaller than most brands, so they’re easier to apply without making a mess. The polish seems to take a little longer to dry than other brands, but the colors are beautiful and two coats is all you need for perfect coverage.
Essie polishes wear pretty well on me and I love how the bright, opaque cream polishes really stand out. I usually wear Cute as a Button a lot on its own during spring and summer but I am so excited to keep pairing it with Tart Deco and Off the Shoulder. I’m looking forward to trying different variations of this mani.
As much as I loved the polishes on their own, I wanted to try out the Neon Nail Dips that I got from Julep awhile ago. The Neon Nail Dips are basically small pots of colored sand that you dip your wet fingernails into. They add a fun, sandy texture to the nails. I didn’t want a full textured mani, but I thought the color of the sand would be a nice complement to my melon nails.
I applied some topcoat to the bottom half of my ring finger and dipped it into the sand to add a textured accent nail. It was pretty messy but the completed nail looked nicer than I thought it would. Since you don’t add a topcoat after the sand, I thought it would fall off or look strange after washing my hands. It actually held up pretty well.
I liked the look of my mani with the Neon Nail Dips, but I’m not sure I could handle having all of my nails covered. Still, it was kind of fun and it lasted two days before it started chipping. I just removed the sand and repainted the nail with Off the Shoulder.
What’s on your nails right now?
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