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How To Choose Great Nail Polish Colors

With the wide availability of lacquer nail polish, it's easy to understand why manicures and pedicures are perpetually popular. Carefully engineered formulas glide onto the nail, making application a breeze so you can try new shades without interrupting a busy schedule. Even though nail polish is so popular, many people often struggle to find the right shade for their needs. Fortunately, by keeping a few things in mind, you'll find that it's much simpler to buy nail polish that you'll love to wear.

Begin deciding whether you're buying nail polish for a special occasion, or for more frequent wear. Remember that the shades you wear during a night out will likely be significantly different than those that you might wear during a job interview.

Also, while deciding upon colors for nail polish, determine what sort of impression you want to make. Is your goal to dazzle everyone you meet by making a bold statement, or would you prefer to channel an understated allure? By being aware of both the occasion during which you will wear your nail polish, as well as the look you're trying to achieve, your search for the perfect nail color can be much more efficient and enjoyable.

It’s also smart to choose colors based on your skin tone. If your skin is very fair, try selecting shades that have pink undertones. Alternatively, if you have darker skin, experiment with deeper, more vibrant hues, such as purples and reds. The OPI brand has several themed collections that range from bright neon shades to classically elegant tones. Have fun tapping into your creative side with these enticing options.

Your wardrobe and makeup bag are two other resources to consult while buying nail polish. After all, there’s a good chance that the colors you tend to gravitate towards when choosing lipstick or a button-down blouse will also look great in a nail polish.

These suggestions should take the mystery out of discovering nail colors that work best for you, and make your shopping trips more productive, too!

recent best nail polish product reviews

Nice color
Nice color By Andy Harley from KY on 03/01/2014
 Review of Borghese Nail Lacquer (1 Review)
Describe Shopping Style:Budget Buyer
What I Like:Looks Smooth
What I Don’t Like:Doesn't Dry Quickly
Recommended Uses:Daily Use
Comments about Borghese Nail Lacquer, B210 Amalfi Melon:
Good to purchase

Great color
Great color By redgator from Winter Park on 10/03/2013
 Review of OPI Nail Laquer Texas Collection (1 Review)
Describe Shopping Style:Budget Buyer
What I Like:Great Color, Long-Lasting
What I Don’t Like:Expensive
Recommended Uses:Casual Use, Daily Use, Special Occasions
Comments about OPI Nail Laquer Texas Collection, NLT13 San Tan-Tonio:
I found this color at my nail salon for a pedicure and haven't looked at another color since. This is a beautiful, neutral color.

GREAT Color By momof2girls from Philadelphia on 10/02/2013
 Review of Seche Nail Lacquer (1 Review)
Describe Shopping Style:Budget Buyer
What I Like:Great Color, Great Value
Recommended Uses:Casual Use
Comments about Seche Nail Lacquer, Contemporary:
I LOVE this color. It does have purple undertones but it is way more grey than what the picture shows. It did chip after 2 days but I am really harsh on my nails.

Not so representative colour
Not so representative colour By crazy nails from Montreal on 09/12/2013
 Review of Clarins Nail Colour (2 Reviews)
Describe Shopping Style:Brand Buyer
What I Like:Dries Quickly, Easy to Apply, Easy to Remove, Effective, Long-Lasting
Recommended Uses:Casual Use, Daily Use, Special Occasions
Comments about Clarins Nail Colour, 213 Moonlit:
The product is great, the colour, not so much. and it definitely doesn't look like what's online. kind of disappointing.

Love this color
Love this color By Bumps from Minneapolis on 05/25/2013
 Review of Jessica Custom Nail Colour (1 Review)
Describe Shopping Style:Brand Buyer
Complexion:Light to Medium
What I Like:Easy to Apply, Great Color
Recommended Uses:Daily Use
Comments about Jessica Custom Nail Colour, 349 Chic:
great for everyday

Love this shade
Love this shade By perla from Seattle on 03/27/2013
Describe Shopping Style:Brand Buyer
What I Like:Great Color, Long-Lasting
What I Don’t Like:Expensive, Hard to Remove
Recommended Uses:Special Occasions
Comments about Lippmann Collection Luxurious Nail Color, Happy Birthday:
I use this nail polish over another color for special occasions such as New Years, Saturday night parties. It stays long but it is difficult to remove. Love it!

pretty By cosmeticcolleen from burlington on 02/26/2013
Comments about Napoleon Perdis Chandelier Shine Nail Polish, Empress:
I've become addicted to more purple shades recently, and loved this tint. it was so stunning on my nails

night life color
night life color By cosmeticcolleen from burlington on 02/26/2013
 Review of OPI Nail Lacquer Brights Collection (3 Reviews)
Comments about OPI Nail Lacquer Brights Collection, NLB31 Flashbulb Fuchsia:
in love with this color. I wore it out recently with a gold sequin dress and got so many compliments on how great it looked together.

prevents chipping
prevents chipping By makeuplisa from hartford on 02/17/2013
 Review of theBalm Hot Ticket Nail Polish (1 Review)
Comments about theBalm Hot Ticket Nail Polish, Z.Z. Top Coat:
used this as a top coat on my nails and kept them looking nice. it also prevented chipping.

barielle convert
barielle convert By makeuplisa from hartford on 02/17/2013
 Review of Barielle Shades Nail Polish (1 Review)
Comments about Barielle Shades Nail Polish, 5012 Curious:
after trying one of this nail polishes through a friend I've become a convert to this brand, chipping is minimal and I love their selection of colors. This color looked particulary good with my skin color and for a night out on the town

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