Since we're quickly headed towards summer I thought we could take one last moment to cling to spring and discuss pastel polishes. I have a select few favorite pastels that I use again and again and again because the formula on them far surpasses my other pastel shades. In fact, four of these five shades could probably be given the official titles of Some Of My Favorite Polishes which is quite a feat when they're competing against so many other polishes in my stash.
I'll chat about each one in pastel-rainbow order :)
1. Peach - Barry M Peach Melba
I feel really bad about raving about this polish since fellow USA-ers can't get their grubby polish paws on Barry M easily anymore... but Barry M Peach Melba is a pretty fan-freaking-tastic pastel peachy shade!! The formula is easy to work with and isn't streaky and meh the way creamy, pastel pinky-peachy shades can be.
2. Yellow - Revlon Top Speed Electric
Is the Top Speed line discontinued?! I feel like yes because I can't find it on the internet, but I haven't noticed anyone posting about it disappearing so I'm confused [or maybe no one cares about this sub-brand leaving store shelves?]. Personally I am loyal as hell to the Top Speed line because the formula works for me and I actually LIKE the 'retro' Revlon polish bottles. Anyhoo enough about all o' that and on to this specific polish! Revlon Top Speed Electric is my hands-down very favorite yellow polish ever ever ever. I only need two coats, it's not streaky, it dries quickly (like at top speed lololol), and it has really pretty shimmer to boot. Clean up is rough because of the shimmer but I don't care because two coats for a yellow is everything!
3. Mint Green - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet
Mkay so I talk about Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet all of the time. A lot of brands have nice quality mint polishes in their line up (like Revlon Minted, China Glaze Refresh-Mint, etc.) BUT what's great about this polish is that it's an absolute gem of a price ($2!) and found in pretty much every retailer that has a beauty section (including some grocery stores). I love this classic mint creme with great coverage and an easy-to-work-with formula for ONLY TWO DOLLARS. Two dollars! I also like the brush a lot on this polish - like a smaller, more manageable Pro-Wide because it is a flat and slightly flared rectangle shape.
4. Blue - China Glaze Bahamian EscapeIs this really pastel blue? No...? But China Glaze Bahamian Escape has a certain creamy, white-ness to the color that lends itself towards being pastel (at least in the bottle). It is a fairly bright sky blue color but let's pretend it's a neon pastel? ANYWAY I love this polish something fierce and already have at least one back up bottle. I love the color and the formula is great for me because I paint thick coats and can get away with just one coat for this polish!! Hands down fave light blue polish in my stash.
PS. I get my bottles of Bahamian Escape at TransDesign since the collection is too old (Winter 2008) to be found at Sally Beauty (to my knowledge, I doubt they added it to their core collection BUT THEY SHOULD). Lots of online beauty stores still have it in stock like Victoria Nail Supply, 8ty8 Beauty, and Head2Toe Beauty. If you're lucky enough to have a beauty supply store near you that will let you in, they might have some stock of it too!
Alternative Blue - Zoya KristenSo this is more of an actual pastel blue color! Zoya Kristen tiptoes a fine line between grey and blue depending on your coloring and your eyes (some people are more sensitive to color than others). On me this is definitely bluer than grey, but the Zoya website lists it as grey (with many people commenting along the lines of "what a pretty blue"). Anyhoo, the formula is not the best ever for me with this polish [I have a lot of issues with control of the formula because it likes to just gush down the top of the brush unexpectedly after wiping it on the rim to paint - whyyyy?] but the shade is gorgeous and very unique to my collection.
I think another great pastel blue would be Zoya's Blu but I haven't personally tried it so I can't really recommend it one way or the other!
5. Lavender - butterLondon Muggins
I adore this shade of lilac-lavender (idk, I'm not a purple expert like Crumpet okay?)! Butter London Muggins is a really nice shade of light, pastel purpley because it's a little dusty or something magical - it's a nice girly pastel shade without being overly saccharine. And of course, as with all of the polishes in today' post [minus Kristen, but she's our second string blue polish] the formula for Muggins is excellent despite being a pastel-esque polish. Thumbs up.
Do you have a favorite pastel polish? Or are you already ready for summer and totally over pastels? Share with me in the comments!
Disclosure: I've purchased all of the products mentioned in this post with my own money and I LOVE them; I only recommend things I truly like, pinky promise! If you'd like to know more about my policies, please see my disclosure page.