Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 10 Nail Polishes of 2011

Wasn't 2011 a great year for nail polish? Here are my picks for the top 10 nail polishes of 2011:

10. Nails Inc "FNO"
Nails Inc released a limited edition shade to celebrate Fashion Night Out. I rushed to Sephora right after work and was lucky enough to find it before it sold out! This metallic blue polish is so fantastic and like nothing else in my collection.

9. China Glaze "It's Alive"
China Glaze raised the bar for glitter nail polish in 2011. The texture and unique color is what earns this  polish a spot in my top 10!

8. Milani "Gems"
The entire "one coat glitter" line was a huge win this year. "Gems" is in my top 10 because you can do this with it:

Dylans candy mani
I really need to do this again and photograph it in my light box :)

Glitter sandwich/candy mani instructions here!

7. Essie "Cocktail Bling"
It's the lovely grey blue hue of "Cocktail Bling" that puts it on my top 10 list - it's actually a lighter version of the color I painted my apartment :)

6. China Glaze "Concrete Catwalk"
My eyes hadn't seen a greyer-grey until the de-saturated wonder that is "Concrete Catwalk" came into my life. This is the kind of color I can wear for almost any occasion!

5. Essie "Shine of the Times"
Ending 2011 with a sparkly bang, Essie gave us "Shine of the Times" and won the hearts of flaky fans everywhere. Like a magic wand, this rainbow-in-a-bottle transforms polish of all colors! I'm looking forward to using this color more in 2012.

4. Revlon "Facets of Fuchsia"
This polish is truly special a gem containing multi-faceted pinky purple glitter pieces that float on top of a black jelly polish. WIN!

3. American Apparel "Neon Red"
There are just some colors you are drawn to and "Neon Red" is one of them :) I think of my vacation to Aruba whenever I wear it!

American Apparel Neon Red window

2. Ozotic 528 layered over 506
Ozotic nail polishes were all the rage in 2011 (and I'm sure will continue to be in 2012)! Before llarowe and Harlow & Co. began to stock them, these beauties had to come from Australia aka the-other-side-of-the-world-from-NYC via piCture pOlish. When my boyfriend surprised me for my birthday with Ozotic 506 and 528, I was thrilled - I never imagined these polishes would ever find their way onto my nails :)

Ozotic 528 4

1. aEngland "Tristam"
"Tristam" is everything I want in a nail polish: sapphire blue, holo, classy, and long-lasting. I would wear Tristam every day and that makes it my #1 nail polish of 2011!


I hope 2012 brings us all lots of pretty polishes! And I'm calling it now - chartreuse is going to be THE color of  the year for nail polish :)

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  1. Absolutely FANTASTIC choices! Happy New Year! :)

  2. Wow! Neon Red sure is bright. :)

  3. I think Tristam won most listed in best of 2011 list. Everyone has it on theirs.

    Your manis were pretty awesome this year. This makes me remember that I still need to get Concrete Catwalk.

    Happy New Year. :)

  4. Great top 10, now I want all of these polishes!!
    Happy 2012 btw :*

  5. Awesome picks... and I so love the graphic you made for this post!

  6. Great choices; I like the variety of colors and finishes. I'm hoping that 2012 will be the year I get on the ball and order some aEngland polishes; your pic of Tristam is gorgeous! Happy New Year!


  7. What pretty polishes you chose! Such beautiful manicures and photos too. I really adore Concrete Catwalk too. And I need to give Facets of Fuchsia another try. I found it so tough to work with and hated the dull finish but you make it look so lovely! Happy New Year!

  8. So glad I was able to give you one of this year's favorites. I read so many blogs that I don't get to comment nearly enough, but I have my favorites & you are one of them! I always look forward to your fun, unique & creative posts. Keep up the good work & have a lovely year!

  9. My new years resolution is to start commenting on all these awesome blogs I've been following for the past year:)
    I think I'm going to have to pick Tristam because it is on so many best of the year lists! And I really hope you're right about chartreuse.

  10. These are all so pretty!! I love your favorites of the year

  11. Thanks, Nicole! Happy New Year to you too!
    Alaina, it's bright, it's fun, and wears well :)
    BMR, Happy New Year to you too! I loved your top picks too :)
    Elsa, there were so many great shades this year! Happy 2012!
    Lindsey, thanks girl! It's fun to see all the colors next to each other!
    Hi Rebecca, oh I hope you do too you will be very happy with aEngland!
    Gypsy, thanks! Have you tried layering Facets of Fuchsia over black? It really makes it much deeper!
    April, thanks so much! And thank you again for giving me the greatest neons! :)
    Tootsweet, thanks girl I love hearing from you! TEAM CHARTREUSE!
    nicnacksnails, what a great year for nail polish! Here's to a great 2012!

  12. your shared some amazing manis! Love a lots of them!