May 22, 2013

Strong Stash Starters: Beginning with a Basic

What's that? ANOTHER mini-series? Why yes, indeed! Ever since the $20 Face Challenge I've been thinking about products that I absolutely have to have because $20 for yer whole face really is a challenge, and you've gotta make those tough choices. Now I'm applying that same idea of important basics (or maybe just tough choices) + my experiences with the surprising number of artsy combos you can get doing the Tri-Polish Challenge, where each month you only get three colors to play with, plus black, white, gold and/or silver, to starting a solid polish stash. What are the top 10 polishes that you really need?! Each week I'll have an important category or type of polish, like 'white' or 'fun glitter topper', and then I'll list some particular options that are my personal favorites (and no worries, I've kept different budgets in mind, too). I've decided the budget goes from $ -> $$$$$ because there's a lot of polishes that are all sort of 'mid-range' when compared to the extremes of $.99 and $27, and thus 5 tiers of budget is appropriate. There are totally times when a $5 polish sounds way better than a $9 one!

Now first up is a basic yet vital and versatile color - white!

my different picks in action; in 'budget' order from top going clockwise

A good white polish is such a helpful color for so many reasons: you can layer colors over it to make them brighter, you can mix it with other colors to make different shades (especially nice for ombre skittles), it's a great palette cleanser, and I find it really essential in nail art for highlights and variety. Because I'm relying on my white polish to mix with other colors to make pastel shades and seamless gradient tones of color, that means I'm limiting this pick to truer whites. Womp womp, right? I know true white gets a lot of hate and I get it - it can be chalky and as challenging + streaky as yellow (ick), but I do think it's important to have a least one true white in your stash. If you peep the collage at the beginning all 3 of these white polishes that I'm recommending look pretty much the same on my nails despite the tones in the bottle = weird, but cool because any of these are a good option.
Beautysets - Strong Stash Starters: Basic Whites


Other favorites that I haven't tried personally but have heard great things about being 2 coaters are: Sinful Colors White on White ($2), Zoya Purity ($8) [erm actually I have this in an untried box with my gold top coat, oops], Cult Nails Tempest ($12) (more like a 1.5 coater)

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Please keep in mind that this series is a combo of my personal opinions (obvs, as is everything you've ever read here) and experience with polishes that I find fundamental. I've thought long and hard about this; many long showers have been spent in agony really trying to pare down my list (I'm assuming we all have our best thoughts in the shower, right?)! I expect your Top Ten Necessary Polish Choices to be different & I'd love to hear what they are; please leave a comment, chat with me on Facebook, or tweet me about it (@manicurity)!

Did I list your favorite white? Or do you have a different white that I don't even know?
OR would you totally blow off white for a different polish altogether for your Top Ten?!

Check back next Wednesday for another Strong Stash Starter pick.

23 comments:

  1. Jordana French White for that dead fish white and it's about $3 (2-3 coats- I use it mainly for artwork) easy to find at KMarts.

    I am SO HAPPY you are doing this!! thanks!

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    1. Aw thanks! I don't have a K-Mart near to me, but I do like the Jordana glitters :p Thanks for the suggestion!

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  2. What a neat series! This was so fun to read :)

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  3. Love the series...I hope you have a wrap up post at the end! I am personally a huge fan of Zoya Purity, it's so stark and lovely.

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    1. Thank you thank you! I will definitely do a wrap up and add in all the suggestions, too :D I actually have Purity and haven't used it yet >.<

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  4. My white white is Sally Hansen White Out. Once I run out of that I'll probably replace it with WnW or Sinful Colors because I never wear it on its own.

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    1. Yes, a classic! I use my SH White Out for stamping because it doesn't dry on me

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  5. this is absolutely AWESOME Em xx

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  6. This is such a great idea! Can't wait to read your posts.

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  7. I really love this series idea! I'm looking forward to more posts. Incidentally, when I was starting my stash white and black were the first colors I went for!

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  8. Love this series! I just picked up Sinful Colors Snow Me White, and I love it. It surpasses OPI's Alpine Snow, imho.

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  9. Awesome idea! I'm not big on either white cremes nor art, but I've found Miani High Speed White On The Spot to be more than adequate; $5.99, if my memory serves me.

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  10. My current white of choice is China Glaze White on White. When I run out I will be trying Sinful Colors and WnW again, I don't recall liking either last time but it's been over a year since I tried either one (I've since given them away). I also have Alpine Snow but find it harder to work with than White on White.

    Great post! I really like the idea :)

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  11. I'm pretty happy with Essie Blanc, but I haven't tried many whites though, so I can't really tell if it's better than the ones you mentioned (don't really like OPI MBSW, takes too many coats...)

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  12. Ooh I'm so excited that this series is happening, I can't wait to read the rest of your posts!

    My personal favourite white is Zoya Purity, I think the formula is nicer than the others I've tried (China Glaze Snow and Cult Nails Tempest). Also, this is in a different category because it's a jelly, but OPI Don't Touch My Tutu is probably my most-used polish!

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  13. Great stuff - can't wait to see the next one!!

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  14. Wow! I love this series and can't wait to read more posts on this! As I was reading your post, I started to think about my stash too!

    MY personal favorite go-to white polish is Essie Blanc. It has a good thin formula and 2 coats is usually enough for full opacity. It is definitely on the pricier side but I really like how it's not thick and goopy (like Sally Hansen White Out). It allows me to layer more nail art on top without looking like im wearing 10 layers of polish!

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