Thursday, 20 June 2013

Favourites: Blue Nail Polish

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I've got a few of these coming up in my Favourite Fives blog series, except this one contains six and not five items! My last one consisted of pretty coloured nail polishes, whilst I thought I'd go for a specific colour theme this time. What are everyone's thoughts on blue nail polishes? The first one I ever bought was a baby pink from Barry M, I wasn't really used to it and it made me feel like my nails  didn't belong to me (alien fingers) and looked a bit "dead". I'm over it now and since then, I've accumulated a few shades and here are my current faves!

Essie Mint Candy Apple: I don't know what a "mint candy apple" is, but nevertheless, this is one of those hyped up products in blog land, and you can see why! It's really pretty and so flattering. It's a rich colour, pigmented minty green. It really is worth the hype, I believe. The only bad thing that I'll say is that it does have a tendency to peel off after washing the dishes or having a hot bubble bath. I suppose this saves time on removing the lacquer with cotton pad? 

17 Lasting Fix Holding Hands: I always thought that this was called mint choc chip! I don't know when I got this from, last year I think, but it was only until last week that I realised the shade is called Holding Hands! I've included this in to the mix as an extra item to show that it's a pretty good dupe to the popular Mint Candy Apple. It's not as thick and smooth as Essie's formula but not a bad polish at all for the price of £2.99 and there are often Buy 2 Get 1 free offers on the 17 range.

No. 7 Stay Perfect Minty Fresh: I *think* this was £7.00 but I didn't pay full price because for once, I I took advantage of those Boots No7 vouchers. This lacquer requires a few layers which might put some people off. ("Ain't nobody got time for that"). I'm fairly patient when it comes to painting my nails, so I don't mind! The consistency is really watery and runny, the first two coats will be quite sheer but with a bit of persistence and a third layer, it will turn in to the nicest baby blue ever. This is the lightest blue in my collection.

Models Own Top Turquoise: I bought this after seeing it on lots of beauty blogs claiming that this is THE must-have turquoise shade. I bought it on the Internet so didn't get a chance to see it first hand before purchase. I didn't like this at first, I expected it to be a turquoise but it's more teal. I've learnt to love it though! For a nail polish, it is a unique colour but it is really lovely. This particular colour goes really weird in the bottle, there are swirls of white inside which disappears after shaking. I've heard this happens to some Models Own polishes, Top Turquoise is one of them! 

Models Own Feeling Blue: I think this is the shade I'm wearing in the photo above. It's really nice, bright and  eye catching. Unlike the others where it has you wondering whether it's a green or a blue, Feeling Blue is a no-nonsense, true blue nail polish. If you're after a blue, this is the one to go for.  Annoyingly, it still seems to have separated in the bottle but if we're looking on the bright side, it doesn't separate as much as Top Turquoise. If you want something punchier, have a look for Hed Kandi Balearic Blue.

17 Seabreeze: This is my favourite one of the bunch. Seabreeze is a deep blue, and from the name I suppose this one is inspired by the colour of the sea! It dries really quick and only need two layers of it. The thing I like about this is the price, it's cheap and cheerful. It does lose it's shine after a day so best to apply a top coat over this. 

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27 comments

  1. I'm wearing Mint Candy Apple as I type ;) one of my faves!! xo

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  2. I love the Essie Mint Candy Apple but it does peel and as I have a habit of picking at nail varnish (yuck) it doesn't last long!
    I have a really nice Revlon Colourstay (Coastal Surf) that's similar to the Models Own Feeling Blue, it goes on really nicely - the brush is perfect!

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  3. Great picks! I love the Essie one, perfect shade of blue for the spring and summer :) ♥

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  4. everyone loves mint candy apple and i can see why - such a pretty colour!

    bec X
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  5. Such beautiful colors! I especially love the shades of Mint... it's such a calming and chic color! loves it.

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  6. I need to add that essie polish to my collection!
    Sophie
    x

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  7. Models Own Top Turquoise has been a staple on my toes in the summer for the past couple of years! Some great picks

    xxx

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  8. Models Own Feeling Blue is gorgeous!! :) I love this post as I'm partial to blue nail polish myself.

    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

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  9. These are all great shades!!

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  10. I looove blue nail varnish! It goes with everything! I love the colour of the No7 Stay Perfect Minty Fresh :) x

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  11. I was just thinking today how I need a bright blue nail polish - I have lots of blues, just nothing really bright for Summer! I love the look of the MO Feeling Blue so might snap it up!xx

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  12. Love all of these shades!

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  13. Such pretty shades, my favourites are the Models Own polishes.

    Elizabeth x

    Candyfloss Curls, Cupcakes & Couture

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  14. I love blues for nailpolish! I have several varieties.

    -Kate

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  15. Essie's Mint Candy Apple has been seen on bloggers everywhere but seen as I'm not really a beauty blogger, I decided to go for a mint toned Ciate polish which I'm waiting for in the post just now. However, the colors you've written about today are lovely, especially the one you have on your nails in the photo. Beautiful shade of blue :)

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  17. I love blue nail polishes and I've found your post really useful :) Great colours x

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  18. ooh, these are so pretty! xx

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  19. When it comes to blue nail polish I typically go for minty shades, but I may have to try those other options soon!

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  20. I must admit I am always drawn in by the bigger brands but after your review of 17's 'sea breeze' I am very tempted to give it a go!
    xx
    Abi

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  21. beautiful blues! love Essie!
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  22. All of these make me want to book a holiday (or five!) x

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  23. Great inspiration!

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  24. that no7 one is the perfect colour! shame about the thin-ness of it!

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  25. Waaaaaaaaaah!~ I love the colors of the two Models Own nail polish! >.<

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