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the nail polish quest conundrum.

Buying new nail polish is often a conundrum.

If I was more fun, I’d totally buy nail polishes based on name alone. But then I’d end up buying OPI’s “Suzie Says Feng Shui” because it uses my name (kind of!!). And I’m not so sure I can pull off bright blue nail polish. Though my 7-year-old self did (again, kind of!!).


Or OPI’s “Gargantuan Green Grape,” which is totally not a “me” shade of green.


Though I totally do want to try Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. But would it be a wear-one-time and stick in a drawer type deal?


The fact of the matter is, I’m super picky about my polish color choices. I mainly wear pinks (the brighter the better!) with the occasional deep navy, and orangey tone. I much prefer mattes to iridescent and am not a fan of bright reds or barely there colors. I’ve been searching for the perfect pastel violet matte for a while now, but can never find exactly what I want.

The other day I was wandering around CVS trying to choose a new shade of nail polish. And I kept thinking about how I wished I could see it on my nails before purchasing. I KNOW I’m totally illegal here, but I was seriously opening some of the polishes and brushing them on my nails (quickly and discretely). I absolutely hate that you can’t tell what a polish looks like until it’s out of the bottle and on your nails.

You can buy nail polishes online, but that’s even more difficult. Go to three different websites and you’ll see 3 bottles of nail polish that look completely different! Plus, it doesn’t give me the opportunity to sneakily open the bottles up before purchase (shhh!). Being a girl? It’s hard. Wah wah.

Then i got home and randomly came across an iPhone/iPad app from OPI. It actually lets you choose the shade of your skin, find an OPI nail polish color and “try it on” And it’s totally legal. Ahem. Of course, it’s not the perfect fix, but I had fun playing around with it.


But still, no matte pastel violet. And no pink that’s just that perfect shade.

How do you find your perfect shade? I’m actually thinking Essie’s upcoming Miss matched might be my dream purple.


Or is it OPI’s Done Out in Deco? Who the heck knows!


File this under “When I am rich, I shall have an entire closet in my house devoted to nail polish. Organized by color. Obvi.”

4 Responses to “the nail polish quest conundrum.”

  1. Corinne Says:

    Seriously the BIGGEST dilema. Just like you I stick to a few shades and a few shades only.(red/pink/maroon/purple) Often I buy a new polish only to find out that its super similar to something I already own. Gah! My friends love to experiment with crazy blues and greens like you pictured above. I see them on their hands, love them but just cant bring myself to go there yet. This ALL being said I just bought that light purp OPI and LOVE it! Don’t have a iphone yet but might just get one for THAT ap! its good to be legal. ha.

  2. Carolyn Pecoraro Says:

    Great blog post.Really looking forward to read more.

  3. jim forstythe Says:

    These kind of post are always inspiring and I prefer to read quality content so I happy to find many good point here in the post, writing is simply great, thank you for the post

  4. Vitamin Water Says:

    nail polish that are acrylic based seems to last longer on my finger nails compared to water based ones *,-

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