Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Chanel Taboo: Swatches and Comparisons


I don't remember when or where I first caught glimpse of Chanel's wondrous new purple polish Taboo from their Spring 2013 Revelation de Chanel collection, but I do know that ever since, I haven't been able to get it out of my head. I stopped by the Chanel counter at Bloomingdale's earlier this week "just to look" but once I saw Taboo in person, I knew I had to have it! So fair warning - you, too, may not be able to stop thinking about Taboo once you've seen it :)

Chanel Taboo is a dark, cool toned purple polish infused with tiny vivid burgundy and blue shimmer flecks. Unlike dark polishes that look black unless seen in direct sunlight, Taboo reveals it's purple soul inside. The glorious burgundy and blue shimmer isn't shy and is also visible indoors. Here's the excellent part: because there is both warm and cool shimmer, Taboo will look different in different lighting. In some lighting, it will appear more of a pinker purple and in others it will appear more of a bluer purple. How can this polish be purple, blue, and pink at the same time?!

The formula is perfect. Taboo applies wonderfully in (1) coat but I added a second to intensify the shimmer and add depth. Taboo doesn't dry super glossy so I added Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat.



Here's a straight-on shot to show the beautiful shimmer:


Taboo doesn't look exactly on the nail as it does in the bottle. You can see here that the warm burgundy shimmer really clings to the side of the bottle and looks pink:


Taboo is a really complex and excellent polish. I absolutely adore everything about it!

Chanel nail polishes retail for $27 - yikes - so for $27, I really should be thinking about this polish non-stop. It better be so incredible that it sends me running to the counter in fear that the person who gets there 0.5 seconds before me will get the last one. Also - this is going to be a hard one for the drug store brands to dupe ;) Even though my birthday isn't for a few months, Taboo will be a birthday present. Right after swatching, my boyfriend actually hid it from me!

In NYC, Chanel nail polish can be purchased at Barneys, Bloomingdale's, Henri Bendel, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, and Saks. Online, I recommend Nordstrom (affiliate link) for free shipping.

So Chanel Taboo is fabulous, but how does it compare to other purple shimmers in my collection? Keep reading for some comparisons!

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Super Sneak Peek of Zoya's Summer "Stunning" and "Irresistible" Collections

Gotham Polish readers do I have a special treat for you today! In addition to previewing the Summer Pixiedust polishes during NYFW, I was also fortunate to see Zoya's new summer Stunning and Irresistible collections! I've been patiently waiting to show them to you :)

Zoya Summer 2013: Irresistible Collection



Kerry - Yellow Gold Foil Metallic
Amy - Red Orange Foil Metallic
Tinsley - Rose Gold Foil Metallic
Bobbi - Hot Magenta Pink Foil Metallic
Hazel - Blue Green Foil Metallic
Rikki - Fern Green Foil Metallic

When I saw these previews, the polishes didn't have names yet so I didn't know that the orange foil would be named AMY! I'm so excited there is a Zoya polish at last with my name on it :)


Zoya Summer 2013: Stunning Collection



Darcy - Sunny Yellow Cream
Thandie - Citrus Orange Cream
Micky - Amazing Coral Cream
Yana - Rubine Red Cream
Josie - Grassy Green Cream
Rocky - Serene Blue Cream

I toned the saturation down slightly to try to show you that Thandie, Micky, and Yana aren't the same... depending on your screen I may or may not have been successful :)

The Stunning and Irresistible polishes retail for $8 and will be shipping on April 15th from Zoya.com.

Who else can share in my excitement of finally having a Zoya polishes with their name in either of these collections? Are any of these colors going on your wish list?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Weekend Shopping: Essie's Resort Collection, Revlon's Captivating Chromes, New Indie Brand "Sparkle Factor Lacquer", and More!


Happy first weekend of spring! Does it feel spring-like where you are? It sure doesn't here... I'm so ready to pack away my big puffy coat and boots but think I'll need them for another week or so :/ We rented Argo - have you seen it?

In nail polish news...

Have you entered to win the Cirque and Arms & Armory "Alter Ego" Set yet? The giveaway closes at 12:00AM Wednesday - what are you waiting for!

This Saturday at Bloomingdale's (59th St), receive a printed mini-manicure that matches your Havaianas purchase. More info here.

butter LONDON is Good Morning America's Deal of the Day! The secret code is GMA. Check out the sets here (spoiler alert: one of the sets is 3 polishes for $19.50).

There's a new indie nail polish brand in town - Sparkle Factor Lacquer (say that five times fast).

Speaking of indie polish, loved this article!

And speaking of articles, here's another good one about nail polish dupes.

Net-A-Porter adds beauty. Our wallets are doomed.

I spotted some of Essie's Resort Collection at Bed Bath & Beyond and Revlon's Captivating Chromes at Walgreens. Have you seen these yet? Would love to hear your recommendations!

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What's on your weekend shopping list?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

"Serum No 5" Swatches and Reviews (Part 2)


Goodness it's been a month since part 1... but at last here are six more Serum No 5 polish reviews :) Hand made in sunny California, Serum No 5 offers a wide range of polishes from subtle and shimmery to colorful and glittery. I received an assortment of Serum No 5 polishes to review for you and each polish is so different from the next, there's sure to be a polish for all tastes.

Stormy Weather


Stormy Weather is a mix of blue, purple, and silver hexagonal glitter and silver bar glitter in a shimmery sheer graphite base. I even think I spy some teeny tiny holo shimmer mixed in! There are lots of good things happening in this polish - the silver bar glitter adds an electric feel to this stormy polish. I wore (2) coats of Stormy Weather over butter LONDON Chimney Sweep. These two jelled well together, don't you think? No complaints about the formula - the glitter pieces were evenly distributed and even the sparse silver bars came out easily.


Pretty Blue


Pretty Blue is made up of pink and blue hexagonal glitter and larger blue hexagonal glitter with a slight shimmer base. The shimmer in the base is so tiny I can't really make out what color it is, but it's there. I wish the glitter pieces were more densely packed - below I'm wearing (2) coats over Maybelline Color Show Alluring Rose. I like the idea of having a smaller ratio of larger pieces, but unfortunately they were so sparse that the few that I managed to pull out ended up looking a bit random. Pretty Blue is still a pretty polish and is a good one to reach for when you're looking to spice up a few-days-old manicure. This polish reminds me of this manicure I did :)


Happy Special Day


Happy Special Day has a magical combination of glitter that I LOVE! White hexagonal pieces are most plentiful. There are also red, blue, green, gold, and purple hexagonal pieces, smaller white square glitter, fine silver shimmer, and a few bar glitter pieces in the same colors. This polish is a party! Looking at my Happy Special Day nails throughout the day at work was just the pick-me-up I needed to make it to 5PM. Unfortunately, the glitter pieces in Happy Special Day were not as densely packed as I would have liked. The glitter slid off my nail during application (they didn't want to stick!) and took a bit of placing to look evenly distributed. I really wish I could say Happy Special Day has the coveted "one coat" status - two coats looks like how I wish one did. But if you take the time to apply two coats and place the glitter, you will certainly end up with a really fun manicure. Below I'm wearing (2) coats of Happy Special Day over Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Hard As Wraps Magenta Creme.


Thanks For The Memories


Thanks For The Memories is a variety of black and white glitter that makes a really interesting top coat worn over any color base. There are various shapes - bars, rectangles, shards, and diamonds - and opalescent glitter throughout this polish. The pieces were quite challenging to get out (especially the larger ones). I rolled the bottle and spun the brush around inside to get to the walls after each nail, but the pieces had a different agenda in mind and just didn't want to come out. It was as if the pieces were clinging to the side so I could see them, like they were taunting me - those diamonds being the ring leaders, of course. I don't know the intricacies of hand-mixing polish, but I think this one would benefit from having twice as many goodies. Below I'm wearing two coats of Thanks For The Memories over OCC Wasabi.


Starry Nights


Starry Nights is a deep metallic cobalt blue with fine holographic shimmer, silver square glitter, hexagonal blue holographic glitter, and silver holographic star shaped glitter. Those stars were teasing me sticking to the side of the bottle like that and I tried everything to get one on my nail without success. Aside from the fact that I wasn't able to grab a star, this is a really neat polish. I'm wearing (2) coats over China Glaze First Mate. You really only need (1) coat, but I put on (2) in hopes of snagging some of those stars the second time around :)


Spring Into Love


Spring Into Love is a metallic light rosey pink polish with small purple, pink, gold, and holo glitter. This polish was easy to apply and all the goodies come out easily. Hurray! Spring Into Love is quite unique and is much more glittery in real life. This may be my favorite one :) I wore one coat of Spring Into Love over OPI Argenteeny Pinkini (it's very close to the base color). Spring Into Love dried gritty so I added one coat of Gelous& to smooth it out.


What do you think? Are any of these polishes going on your wish list?

Serum No 5 nail polishes can be purchased on Etsy. Full sized bottles (15mL) retail for $12 and mini bottles (9mL) retail for $7. Keep up with the latest from Serum No 5 on Facebook.

Here's what Serum No 5's creator Victoria has to say: "I love nail art and take the extra time to make each polish unique and special by hand mixing each in small batches, meaning that there may be some separation and slight variances between batches. This makes every lacquer unique and special. All of my lacquers are made with high quality pigments, micas, glitters, and of course are 3 free. Every month, a charitable donation is made in an amount equal to 20% of the profits of all lacquers sold." [source]

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure "Mermaid's Tale"


When I first caught wind of Sally Hansen's new blue and green hexagonal glitter Mermaid's Tale, I knew it would be one of those polishes I'd be out searching for on my lunch break daily. Week after week I'd stalk the shelves of Bed Bath & Beyond, Walgreens, and Duane Reade until at last I found a sole bottle at CVS mixed in randomly with some other polishes! I've since learned that Mermaid's Tale is permanent so you should be able to track it down without too much trouble :)

Mermaid's Tale was well worth the effort it took to find it. One of the newest additions to the Complete Salon Manicure line, this "glitter sandwich-style" polish consists of large blue and green hexagonal pieces and smaller blue glitter suspended in a deep blackened blue jelly base. Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure wide paddle brush is PERFECT for applying these glitter pieces evenly across the nail. This brush is everything the Sephora X Chaotic brush should have been. The glitter was easy to pull from the bottle - I love how it glows under the jelly base. The formula is syrupy and not runny.

Because the base color is sheer, you do need to apply at least (3) coats for opaque coverage. In this picture I am wearing (3) coats of Mermaid's Tale alone:


I think I love Mermaid's Tale even more over black. Shown below, I'm wearing (2) coats over Wet & Wild Black Creme.


Removal is as bad as glitter removal gets. The flat hexagonal glitters really grab onto the nail. But to me, this is a polish so lovely that the terrible removal is worth tolerating :)

From what I've seen, Mermaid's Tale is very similar to "the original" blue and green hex glitter Deborah Lippman's Across the Universe but it's not a dupe of Two Birds Shines By Night. I found Mermaid's Tale at my local CVS for $8.99.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Keep Up With Gotham Polish


In light of the announcement that by July 1st, 2013 Google Reader will be no more, I wanted to share some other ways you can keep up with Gotham Polish around the internet :)

Bloglovin'
Facebook (you can earn an extra entry into this giveaway)
Google Plus (not really sure how to use this yet...)
Hello Cotton
Instagram (I'm still new)
Pinterest
RSS
Twitter
Vine: user name Gotham Polish

Thank you for reading Gotham Polish! YOU make blogging worth it :)

See you around the internet! Love, Amy

Sunday, March 17, 2013

NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade and a Festive Manicure


Happy St. Patrick's Day! The parade in the city was yesterday (it's usually on March 17th but can't be on a Sunday). It was quite cold and snowed a good bit, but as the parade often falls on a weekday while I'm at work, I just had to go! So I put on a warm coat, packed my camera, and headed uptown to hear some bagpipes :)

 

 


After much indecision over what to wear on my nails, I decided on Zoya Logan and sponged Cirque Trousseau on the tips (both products received for review). It turned out looking like a true gradient manicure, which I was totally OK with :)



What are you wearing on your nails today? More pictures from the parade after the break!

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Weekend Shopping: 20% Off Cult Nails, Illamasqua Pink Raindrops, New Zoya ColorCuties, and More!


Happy St. Patrick's Day weekend! While St. Patrick's Day is on Sunday, the parade in New York City is tomorrow. I'll be going and Instagram-ing and Vine-ing up a storm (my user name is Gotham Polish). Until then, here are my pictures from last year :) Will you be wearing a green manicure this weekend?

In nail polish news...

Illamasqua's new polish Pink Raindrops (the pink version of their mega-hit Raindrops) is available now. If this polish is calling to you, don't delay!

Zoya's new ColorCuties - (12) best-selling Spring inspired shades in an adorable mini size (0.25oz) - are available for pre-order.

Get 20% off 3 or more Cult Nails polishes now through March 18th with code MARCH20 (treatments and 'last chance' deals are not included).

Did you purchase OPI When Monkeys Fly! and experience some unsightly glitter taco-ing? OPI announced on their Facebook page that "those of you who are dissatisfied can contact our customer support team with the batch number listed on the bottom of the bottle and they will replace it with another Oz shade of your choice" (Customer Support: http://mail.opi.com/HelpDesk/HelpDesk.nsf/WTSF?OpenForm).

butter LONDON has collaborated a second time with lifestyle website goop to bring four new must-have lacquer sets.

Did you enter to win the Cirque and Arms & Armory "Alter Ego" Set yet?

The following links are affiliate links Still looking for a green polish? Check out Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics nail lacquer in Power Plant, Layla Green Galaxy, or Essie Mojito Madness.

What's on your weekend shopping list?

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Launch Party! Katie Cazorla's Signature Series Kiss Nail Dress


You may know celebrity nail expert Katie Cazorla from the reality TV show The Nail Files :) Did you know she's also Kiss's Nail Dress brand ambassador? A couple weeks ago, I attended the launch of Katie's new Signature Series Kiss Nail Dress designs at Alice's Tea Cup (you may have seen a little preview on Instagram) and not only did I get to preview the new collection, I had the pleasure of meeting Katie!

If you're not familiar with Nail Dress, quickly: they are nail stickers that apply easily, last about a week, and you peel them off when you're done - seriously, no remover needed. Katie was introduced to Nail Dress a few years ago by a friend. At the time, she was working long days filming the show and running her business The Painted Nail. Using Nail Dress "changed her life" because Katie could still have really amazing looking (and fun) nails despite her hectic schedule. Her love of the product is what lead to working with Kiss and creating (12) new designs of Nail Dress.

These are the first six designs released - they launched in February and are available now. Six more designs will be released in April. Aren't the butterflies awesome?


Here are all of Katie's designs, including the ones not yet available! The leopard pattern and the last design on the bottom row are actually existing Nail Dress designs, just FYI :)


Katie chatted with us about the inspiration for her designs. She is a big fan of DIY nail polish lovers (yay!) and noticed water marbling and the glitter ombre/gradation look are popular in the online nail community. As you may know, both are not easy techniques to master and can be quite messy. Katie wanted these looks as Nail Dress designs so you can still wear a water marble or glitter ombre/gradient manicure without dealing with the mess and frustration :)


Katie's bright and fun personality is infectious! She demonstrated how to use those little shaped paper punchers (like from the craft stores) to punch out shapes in the Nail Dress strips and create a totally unique manicure. I wish I could have hung out and chatted about nail art with Katie all afternoon :)


What would a Nail Dress launch party be without manicures! Everyone loved the designs and had fun choosing which one to wear. I'll have a full review of Nail Dress on Gotham Polish soon-ish :) Have you tried Nail Dress?


Everything at Alice's Tea Cup is so adorable, and I had the most excellent scone!



Thanks to Katie, Kiss, and Alice's Tea Cup for hosting such a fun event!

Katie Cazorla's Signature Series Kiss Nail Dress retails for $6.99 and is available nationwide at retailers including CVS, Duane Reade, and Walgreens (see more: where to buy).

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

WIN IT! Cirque and Arms & Armory "Alter Ego" Set


New York-based artisans, Arms and Armory and Cirque, teamed up to release a unique project called Alter Ego, a special edition cosmic black holographic polish paired with an art deco-inspired ring (swatches!). Here is your change to win this awesome collaboration - Annie from Cirque and Christina from Arms and Armory have so kindly offered to send an Alter Ego set to to one lucky Gotham Polish reader!

Please note that this giveaway is open internationally except for Brazil, Italy, and Russia for shipping reasons (sorry).

Please use the Rafflecopter widget after the break to enter. Good luck!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Inspired By: The Witches of "Oz The Great and Powerful"

Last week I saw Oz The Great and Powerful. I thought the movie was just OK, but Rachel Weisz's character Evanora was rocking the most excellent manicure! I wanted to recreate her look and then decided to do manicures based on each of the witches in the movie :)

Theodora


The garnet velvet hat and black leather pants worn by Meg Griffin Mila Kunis' character Theodora inspired this manicure. I started with Zoya Blair, matted it with Essie Matte About You, then carefully painted Wet & Wild Black Creme on the tips. I love the contrast between the matte and shiny polish!


Galinda


I actually wasn't amazed by Galinda's look in Oz The Great and Powerful. Michelle Williams' character wore a white dress with feather accents, which would be more appropriate if she was playing the Good Witch of Gondor. Come to think of it, all of the witches incorporated feathers in their looks... anyway! For this manicure, I layered Cirque Galinda (how could I not use this polish) over Cult Nails Cruisin' Nude.



Evanora


Evanora wore a manicure that made her nails look like claws! This look was one of the most excellent and memorable manicures I've seen in a movie. To recreate Evanora's manicure, I started with (2) coats of OPI So Many Clowns... So Little Time. After this was completely dry, I taped off triangle "claws" with clear tape and added Wet & Wild Black Creme. Finally with a small brush, I lined the "claws" using Julep Stefani.



The Wicked Witch


You thought I was going to give away which witch is The Wicked Witch, didn't you! I won't :) For this look, I layered one coat of Sinful Colors San Francisco over Wet & Wild Black Creme. I then dabbed Cirque Neko on the tips using an eye shadow sponge. I wanted this manicure to look harsh and the black shards in Neko were perfect.


Which witch's manicure is your favorite?

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Inspired By: butter LONDON at ICB by Prabal Gurung

Image courtesy of butter LONDON

Image courtesy of butter LONDON

Image courtesy of butter LONDON

butter LONDON’s Global Colour Ambassador, Katie Hughes, created the nail look for the ICB by Prabal Gurung F/W 2013 Collection.

The Scoop: Inspired by art deco design elements and deco painters - the ICB girl is multi-dimensional and always unpredictable
The Look: Katie used butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Chimney Sweep on the hands and finished the look with the Matte Finish Top Coat. She then used Kitten Heels Powder Finish Foot Crème on the feet and Chimney Sweep on the toes.

“For this show, we selected a colour that was gritty yet chic. There was a lot of texture in the collection so we wanted a matte nail on the hands to compliment the designs.” – Katie Hughes

This look is super easy to recreate. Easy as in just one level up from applying sheer, nude polish :) First apply a metallic deep grey polish, let it dry, and finish with one coat of a matte top coat. I used butter LONDON Chimney Sweep with Essie Matte About You. I just happened to have Chimney Sweep but any metallic grey shade like Duri Tabloid Rumors or Orly Steel Your Heart would work .


Here's what Chimney Sweep looks like before applying the matte topcoat. It's a metallic graphite polish that looks like car paint doesn't render any ugly brush strokes as long as you paint it on in straight lines. Fun fact - Chimney Sweep was actually my very first butter LONDON polish and it was a gift from my boyfriend :)



I think this was quite a stunning manicure on the models at ICB by Prabal Gurung. What do you think about matte-ing a metallic polish?

butter LONDON polishes retail for $15. In New York City, my favorite retailers of butter LONDON products are C.O. Bigelow, Ricky's, and Henri Bendel. Here is a list of retailers in New York City that carry butter LONDON nail polish. Buy online at butterlondon.com, Nordstrom, and Beauty.com.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Super Sneak Peek of Zoya's Summer PixieDust Polishes

Gotham Polish readers do I have a special treat for you today :) During NYFW, I was so lucky to preview a few polishes from Zoya's new summer PixieDust collection and of course had to get a picture to share with you!

The three polishes below from left to right are: Miranda (rose sparkle), Destiny (coral metal sparkle), and Beatrix (tangerine metal sparkle).


The "Summer Edition" PixieDust polishes will also include Solange (a gold), Stevie (a purple), and Liberty (a blue). After trying the PixieDust polishes, I liked them and am happy to see the color range being expanded. OK that sounded too mild - I am really excited about this new collection!

The "Summer Edition" PixieDust polishes retail for $9 and will be shipping on April 1st from Zoya.com :) Have you tried the PixieDust polishes yet? Are any of these colors going on your wish list?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Top 5 Spring 2013 Nail Polish Trends


We're into March and that means spring is just a few weeks away! The flowers are just starting to poke through the ground here and you too can get a head start on the season by wearing these great spring nail polishes on your nails.

I selected five nail polish trends I think are standouts this season. For each trend, I'll share a polish in my collection and information about where you can purchase them. I've also created a Spring 2013 Nail Polish Trends board on Pinterest :)

5. Brilliant Sky Blue


What better color to cheer you up than a vivid bright creamy blue? Pick up a polish in this hue and you're sure to be in a springy mood just by looking at your nails :)


Zoya Robyn, $8 from Zoya

China Glaze Sunday Funday, $7 from Ulta
Essie In The Cab-Ana, $8 from various retailers including Ricky's NYC and Ulta
Illamasqua Noble, $14 from Sephora
Milani Quick Teal, $4.99 from CVS
OPI Can't Find My Czechbook, $8.50 from various retailers including Ricky's NYC and Ulta

4. White Polish with Buried Confetti Glitter


Polishes with a colorful assortment of glitter sweetly suspended in a milky white base look fresh and springy. While the majority of polishes in this category are hand made, they are widely available through independent nail polish retailers and Etsy. With so many options from various indie brands, you'll be sure to find just the right one (or two!) for you.

White Owl Lacquers Dwelling On Dreams, $9 from http://www.whiteowllacquers.com/

Black Cat Lacquer She's In Parties, $9 from Etsy
China Glaze It's A Trap-Eze, $7 from Ulta
Colores de Carol Inner Princess, Blueberry Mango Sorbet, $9 from http://www.coloresdecarol.bigcartel.com/
Darling Diva Cherubic, $8 from Etsy
Jindie Nails Candy Land, Live Out Loud, Burrrberry, $8.50 - $9 from Etsy
KB Shimmer Oh Splat! $8.75 from http://kbshimmer.com/ShoppingNailPolish.html
Lacquer Lust Carebear Stare, $8 from http://www.lacquerlust.bigcartel.com/product/carebear-stare
White Owl Lacquers Heightened Emotions collection, $13.50 for the mini set from http://www.whiteowllacquers.com/

3. Sugary Sweet Pastels


Pastel polish for spring? Not exactly ground breaking. But this year just about all of our favorite nail polish manufacturers released new polishes in pastel hues making it just about impossible to not to add a few more to our collections. And besides - pastel polish is so much fun to wear :)

Pointer to pinkie: Essie Van D'Go, H&M Dollar Green, Zoya Blu, OPI Do You Lilac It?

butter LONDON Sweetie Shop collection, $15 each from Nordstrom
Estée Lauder Heavy Petals collection, $20 each from Macy's
LCN Blossom Sorbet collection, $7.50 each from LCNBoutique.com
Lime Crime Les Desserts d'Antoinette collection, $5.99 each from LimeCrimeMakeup.com
L'Oréal Versailles Romance collection, $5.99 from various retailers including Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS, Duane Reade, Ulta (prices may vary)
Orly Boho Bonnet, Coachella Dweller, and Melodious Utopia, $8 each from Ulta
Sinful Colors Sugar Rush collection, $1.99 from various retailers including Duane Reade, Rite Aide, and Walgreens
Zoya Lovely collection, $8 each from Zoya.com

2. Buried Glitter


Here's a trend with roots right here in the nail polish blog world! First nail bloggers started layering glitter nail polish between sheer nail polish to create a "glitter sandwich" manicure. Then nail polish brands - indie and mainstream alike - caught on and bottled this effect, giving us many lovely polishes and this big spring trend.

Revlon Girly, $4.99 from drugstore.com

Cirque Fleur est Belle, 17SGD (about $14) from meimeisignatures.com
Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday, $19 from Bloomindale's
GlitterDaze Birthday Cupcake (LE), $11 from http://www.glitterdazenp.com
Hard Candy Candy Sprinkles Collection, $3.97 from Walmart
HITS Mari Moon Multi Girl Glitter Shock in Cupcake, $5.50 from www.speciallita.com.br
Illamasqua Speckled Nail Varnish, $16 from Sephora
Nails Inc Special Effects Sprinkles Nail Polish, $9.50 from Sephora
Orly Peaceful Opposition, $8 from Ulta
Sindie Pop! Sky Sparkle, $8 from http://sindiepoplacquer.ecrater.com

1. Texture, Texture, Texture!


Exploding onto the nail polish scene this spring is the textured nail polish trend. Soon enough we will have a textured polish available in every color from almost every major brand. But only time will tell if this is a trend that is here to stay, or if this is a trend doomed to share space in clearance bins around the world with all those crackle effect polishes...

Wearing a gradient/ombre with Zoya Nyx and Godiva - instructions here

Barry M Textured Nail Effects, £3.99 from http://www.barrym.com/
Kiko Sugar Mat Nail Polish, € 4.90 from http://www.kikocosmetics.com/
Jesse's Girl Julie G Gumdrop Nail Polish, $3.99 from Rite Aide (coming soon)
Milani Texture Creams, $4.99 from CVS and http://milanicosmetics.com/
Nails Inc Leather Effect, $25 from Sephora
OPI Liquid Sand polishes, $8.50 from various retailers including Ricky's NYC and Ulta
Sally Hansen Sugar Coat & Fuzzy Coat (coming in June)
Zoya PixieDust polishes, $9 from Zoya.com

Check out the spring nail polish trends Pinterest board for more swatches! What's your favorite nail polish trend this spring?

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Post contains affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.