February 17, 2016

My 5 Favorite Winter Neutral Nail Polishes

Like my face makeup, expect my clothing and nails to follow suit in regards to color – I stick with my neutrals. If you ask my little sister, she says that I basically am ‘sand-colored-everything.’ So it should come as no surprise that my nails are often painted in shades of greigey light neutrals. Sometimes I pop some red, pink, blue or black to the mix and if I’m feeling really feisty, I’ll add a glitter top coat in a shade of silver or rose gold, but for the most part, I stick to simple. Here’s my five favorite winter neutral nail polishes I’ve been rocking this season with swatches on my nails. You may want to check them out as (almost) all of them are $10 or under…

five favorite winter neutral nail polishes in greige taupe shades next to paint swatch cards

favorite winter neutral nail polishes from formula x sephora, opi, essie, sally hansen, and covergirl

(from L to R: Formula X for Sephora “Thrilling,” OPI “Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around,” Essie “Lady Like,” Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer “Divinity,” CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant “220“)

formula x for sephora “thrilling”

The lightest of the bunch, this shade is described as a ‘cloud grey,’ which is pretty accurate. It’s an opaque, light cool grey.

OPI “don’t bossa nova me around”

The next shade darker in the bunch, this shade is a creamy light beige mauve.

essie “lady like”

This Essie shade is a medium, soft opaque mauve.

sally hansen salon nail lacquer “divinity”

Apparently, it seems this shade may have been discontinued, but the formula is still awesome. This is a light golden tan with subtle rose gold shimmer in a satin finish. I found a close dupe in color (not sure of formula) in CND Vinylux Grand Gala Weekly Polish.

covergirl outlast stay brilliant “220”

This shade is described as a ‘toasted almond.’ It’s much darker than the rest, but the formula of these CoverGirl polishes is super under rated. Great coverage in one coat and wears a week with no chips (with a top coat). I’d say it’s more of a medium-dark cool bark brown.


smoothest application (in order):
  1. CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant
  2. Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer
  3. OPI
  4. Formula X for Sephora
  5. Essie
longest wearing (in order):
  1. CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant
  2. Formula X for Sephora
  3. OPI
  4. Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer
  5. Essieformula x for sephora thrilling, opi don't bossa nova me around, essie lady like, sally hansen divinity, covergirl outlast stay brilliant 220 toasted almond, winter neutral nude nail polishes

Shades from thumb to pinkie: Formula X for Sephora “Thrilling,” OPI “Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around,” Essie “Lady Like,” Sally Hansen “Divinity,” CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant “220/Toasted Almond.”

Favorite Winter Neutral Nail Polishes on brighterdarling.com

Do you have any favorite/go-to neutral polishes that would be a great addition to my collection – let me know in the comments. I definitely rely on a different set of neutrals for the spring/summer and would love to share those, as well, if interested! Comment below and let me know.

Happy polishing,

-Steffanie

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