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.
- On a budget: Wet n Wild's Wild Shine French White Creme ($.99) - can't complain about a basic white creme you can find at (almost) any drugstore! But I do find it to be a great 2-coater and it can even stamp pretty well, plus it has a nice standard round brush compared to the other WnW sub-brand polishes (scraggly and mop-ish). Extra bonus: sometimes the $.99 WnW products are on sale for $.69 = unbeatable deal!
[See the original post for my neon tape manicure from the collage photo here.]
- Mid-range: Urban Outfitter Virgin ($5) (in stores only, sorry) - this can look more yellow-toned in the bottle and it might read on some people as more of a crazy pale yellow, but it looks very actual white on me. It usually only needs two - three coats for opacity and is a little more crelly like, so way less harsh looking.
[See the original post for my Mothman-inspired mani from the collage photo here.]
- A-little-more-than-mid-range: OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls ($9) - is a bit of a chameleon because of it's lightly blue-grey tones; on some people it looks much more like a very verrrrry light grey, and on others it can look like a 'soft' white. I think it's a pretty flattering color and probably a fan favorite! I'm meh about it needing 3-4 thin coats because I'm not a thin coat person, but I know a lot of people do thin coats so win-win
[See the original post for my Pablo Picasso sketch inspired mani from the collage photo here.]
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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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.