Tuesday, June 16

- Nude Nails: Drugstore to High-end...

I'll admit, I have a slight nail polish obsession. During my late teens I was incapable of going shopping without adding to my stash, and at Uni, I was the person people came to when they were after a specific shade for their outfits. Whilst I have pretty much every colour in the rainbow and adore brights, I've recently been drawn to nudes.

There's something really chic and classic about nude nails. They add a splash of elegance to any outfit, and I can see why they're currently on-trend. There's a wide range of hues out there, such as vanillas, cappuccinos, caramels and mochas (yum dessert), and here are my most reached for.

nude nail polishes


Rimmel Sweetie Heart in 001 Cheeky Girl*...
From the fairly new Velvet Matte Pastels collection, Cheeky Girl is an almost white shade with a hint of baby pink. Rimmel don't lie when they claim this is matte, if anything, I find it a bit too 'chalky'. Unlike most polishes, it doesn't glide on and is more of a 'dabber'. Having said that, once you've made the application work for you, it's a gorgeous shade when on.

Nails Inc. in Sao Paulo Street...
This was a magazine freebie last year with InStyle, you may have seen this year's in my recent post here. Sao Paulo Street is a gorgeous nude shade, I'd say it's a grey-beige/mink colour. I'm a big fan of Nails Inc. polishes but do find a top coat is vital to prolong wear.

Barry M matte in 339 Vanilla...
Unlike the first Rimmel polish, I feel the Barry M matte collection has 'matte' down and provides the desired finish. Vanilla isn't chalky at all and instead, provides the perfect muted look to nails. The shade is perfect and matches the name wonderfully; this matte range definitely impress when it comes to being chip-free too.

Barry M gelly hi-shine in 423 Almond...
Another favourite nail polish formula is the Barry M gelly hi-shine. The finish of these really do give off a dazzling shine and they're great for drawing attention to nails. Almond is another gorgeous shade that's every so slightly 'warmer' than vanilla.

Dolce & Gabbana in 220 Perfection*...
The most 'caramel' shade in my collection is 'Perfection'. Whilst I do truly think this shade is that, I feel they could have had a bit more fun with the shade name. Despite that, this is a stunning colour on and surprisingly compliments all skin tones. The formula is actually very similar to the gelly hi-shines, giving off a gorgeous sheen. As expected from a D&G polish, the packaging feels super luxurious and the lace detailing on the cap adds to this. Dreading the price tag? Well, there's no need to as this can be picked up from Direct Cosmetics for only £9.99 (RRP: £19.99), & there's 11ml of product - win!


Are you a fan of the nude nails trend? What do you think of these ones?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.



  1. I love nude shades on my nails! I'm currently loving the Color Club nail polish in Barely There. It came in one of my Glossyboxes a few months back and it's just such a gorgeous colour!

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  2. I totally agree about nude nails being very chic, they really do go with everything too!
    Some amazing colours there, I'm definitely going to have pick some of them up!
    ♥ Fran - www.frannymac.com xx

  3. This is such a nice selection af nudes! Currently I'm struggling to find the right one - often when the colour is nice, the formula doesn't really work and vice versa.. But I'm gonna have to try some the ones you showed - that's for sure ;)

    Best wishes,

  4. I love nude shades & I think the cappuccino colour is beautiful!
    prettymadthings.blogspot.co.uk // x

  5. These are such gorgeous shades ♥


  6. I love nude colors. Bright colors are fun but I always feel more "Me" with nude colored nails :)


  7. Nude shades are my favourite! Those shades are really pretty :) http://www.coffeeatmidnight13.blogspot.co.uk/

  8. I agree, nude polishes are classic and elegant. These colors are right up my alley. :)
    Yours Truly, NY

  9. Recently I have an obsession with pale, nudish, pastel nail polish too and have been looking for an almost white one. I have been loving the white nail trend but pure white looks weird on me so the ones you featured here would make a great alternative!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  10. I'm loving nude polishes too right now. I absolutely adore the Gelly in Almond. It's just too wearable!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

  11. Lovely choices I love nude nails the Barry M and Rimmel shades are lovely Lucy x

  12. I was the go to at unit for nail varnish too :) I rarely paint my nails anymore but when I do, I always go nude! Or grey-beige which I'm loving. All of these are stunning, I think the Barry M vanilla is beautiful!

    India | www.touchscreensandbeautyqueens.com

  13. I like them all! I love nude nail polishes, they are my favourites! Especially for work, they go with any outfit and look super classy! xx


  14. I love Barry M in Almond, such a gorgeous shade and now I really want to get the matte shade in Vanilla right beside it, so pretty and different with the matte finish x

    Beauty with charm

  15. I'm obsessed with nude nails too at the moment! Barry M Almond is one of my current faves too, I also really like Coconut too which is just plain white but it's lovely :)

    Beth x
    Bethany Georgina

  16. I've always loved nude nails, absolute fave! Also recommend Barry M's 'Lychee' :)

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk | xx

  17. I have the same dolce and gabbana polish and I love it x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  18. Big fan of Rimmel and Barry M nail polishes. I am still pretty bad at painting my nails, so at the moment I use only drugstore ones. Lovely selection!


  19. Brilliant comparison post, I love a good nude shade!

  20. I got the Dolce & Gabana nail varnish in this shade within my Cohorted box last month but I haven't actually tested it out yet - the colour looks gorgeous in those swatches! The RImmel one looks gorgeous too, but not sure if I could deal with the application, I'm rubbish at painting my nails on a good day!! Great post x

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

  21. The nude shade from Nails Inc is a bit too flimsy for my taste. I got a nice one from Models Own though and Binky London have so cool nudes as well. I prefer nude nail polish over bright as the finishing look is more mature and sophisticated. The caramel shade in your post looks gorgeous, just imagining now it would smell like caramel :)
    Caz | Style Lingua

  22. Trust me to love the most expensive one haha. I do love the Barry M Gelly Range though xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  23. A great comparison of nudes here! I prefer Almond slightly as I can't pull off really pale shades :)

    Velvet Blush

  24. I love love nude nails! My nails are always either nude, french, black or red on occasion!

    These were great picks! Thanks for sharing!


  25. I absolutely love nude nails, Barry M Almond looks lovely! I also really like the look of Sao Paulo, although I'd agree that Nails Inc polishes need a top coat - they tend to chip quite easily xx


  26. All the shades are absolutely gorgeous. I love the nude nail trend.
    I was the same when I was younger. A nail polish always entered my shopping cart when I was out. :)
    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  27. Gorgeous selection of nudes. I love the matte one. Have a couple shades on that formula but now I must pick up the nude one too. So pretty! :D

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK