Five Favourite Spring Nail Polishes

Five Favourite Spring Nail Polishes

Five Favourite Spring Nail Polishes


Essence Play With My Mint

Essence has such a huge selection of nail polishes in so many colours, textures and finishes. They also release so many cute limited edition collections throughout the year. I think their polishes are incredible quality and have a good opaque consistency. This mint green is a classic Spring shade for me and it lasts without chipping for at least 6 days. These shade looks glossy and vibrant and I like the thick brush, it makes applying my polish so quick and easy. Oh & Essence is cruelty free.

Rimmel Mind The Gap, Victoria

I adore this soft blue shade, it always looks so pretty on my nails. The formula of the 60 Seconds polishes from Rimmel is so good, they dry very quickly (maybe not in 60 seconds) but it is quick. 2 coats gives you a perfect opaque finish, it looks glossy and its such a fresh bright shade. The brush is similar to the Essence one, quite thick and easy to use.

Spring Nail Polish Colours

Deborah Lippmann She Bop

This is my only Deborah Lippmann nail polish and I love it, this shade is beautiful. Its a pink with purple undertones. It applies so well and evenly but its not very glossy so I like to use my Essence gel top coat to give it that pretty glossy finish.

Sally Hansen Casting Call

This is a gorgeous coral peach and it makes my hands look a little healthier when I wear it. I think it gives the illusion I have a tan (when I 100% don’t). It has a lovely smooth finish and is a pretty spring shade, looks cute on your toes too. These Sally Hansen Salon Manicure polishes are really long wearing and are one of my favourite formulas.

Topshop Barefoot

I always have to have a nude polish in rotation, its a shade I wear so often & this one from Topshop is the perfect go to nude. It has a pink undertone and looks classic and sophisticated on the nails. I also really like to wear Nails Inc Porchester Square. The Topshop polishes are very good quality and apply smoothly and dry with a lovely glossy finish. I love the packaging too, the polka dot lids look pretty and these are small enough to travel with too.

I have had a massive clear out of my nail polish collection these past few weeks as I had so many similar shades and polishes I just was never going to wear. I have also noticed that I very rarely wear glitter polishes so have only kept 3. I will do an updated nail polish collection in April so keep an eye out for that.

Let me know what nail polishes you will be wearing this Spring?

Mavala Jelly Effect Collection

Mavala Jelly Effects Collection

This Jelly Effect Collection* is the latest release from the Swiss nail brand Mavala, it has 6 gorgeous bright shades that give your nails a gorgeous wash of colour. I have 5 of the 6 shades.

One of the things I really like about Mavala polishes is that they come in the sweetest little 5ml bottles, the brush is quite long and fairly thick and I found the polishes easy to apply. If you like your nail polish to be bold then these won’t be for you. The Jelly Effect collection give your nails a wash of colour & even after 2 coats they are still quite sheer – as the name suggests, just like Jelly pretty shades but sheer in colour.

Mavala Nail Polish Jelly Effect

I think its great trend for pretty subtle Summer nails, I know YSL & OPI have previously released their own version of sheer nail colours & this year Mavala have joined the trend. I like the colours in this collection, they’re all quite fresh and fruity. I’m a sucker for pinks and purples, I think they are colours that are easy to wear and they look pretty on both fingers and toes. In the collection they have,

Jelly Grape – A vibrant purple grape

Candy Apple – A sheer red with pink undertones

Smily Orange – A sheer tangerine

Happy Cherry – A vibrant pink with purple undertones

Sugar Berry – A sheer red with orange undertones (not really a berry shade)

Jammy Plum – Is the shade I don’t have but it looks like the darkest shade in the range & is a deep plum

Mavala Nail Polish 2015

I think my favourite shades are Candy Apple & Smily Orange, they look so cute on the nails and just add a bit of Summer to my look. These polishes dry to the touch within minutes and last 5 – 7 days on my nails (using the Essence Better Than Gel Topcoat). They do have a wet look finish but I like my polish to have that really glossy look so I always use a glossy topcoat.

Is this translucent nail trend one you’re on board with?

Mavala Polishes are available from John Lewis or larger Boots stores £4.75 for 5ml

Mavala Nail Polish are free from parabens, formaldehydes, camphor, cellophane, animal ingredients and heavy metal. So all non toxic.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

Nailberry 50 Shades Nail Polish

Nailberry Nail Polish

Nailberry is a nail polish brand that is proud to be a 4 free & that means free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP and Camphor. These chemicals can weaken your nails & are often toxic. Also their new L’Oxygene & Les Beiges spirituels collections are 5 free, So no nasties hidden in their products which means your nails are in good hands.

The colour I have been using is called 50 shades* & for someone that isn’t a fan of the book (or film) I’m a massive fan of this polish. Its pretty, great quality & has some staying power. I have been packing boxes and getting ready to move house & this polish withstood all of that without chipping. That gets extra brownie points from me.

First off I would say the packaging is nice & elegant. Its a nice to see a slightly different style of bottle. Its slim & tall and feels lovely. The brush is a very good size, its quite long & the brush covers almost all the nail so you don’t need to go back over the same spot more than once which is a bonus if you’re doing your nails in a rush.

The formula is a little runny but I would say that although the formula was slightly thinner than I’m used to the colour was still opaque in 2 coats. The polish was quick to dry & it is a beautiful grey (almost black) with silver iridescent flecks running through, almost like mother of pearl, its really pretty and looks quite dramatic on the nails. I also loved how glossy the finish was too.

So if you like your polish on the dark side but with a subtle touch of shimmer this is for you.

Nailberry is also It is also cruelty free which is another tick in the box.

Nailberry SwatchNailberry

Let me know if you have tried any polishes from Nailberry and what colours you’d recommend.

Nailberry polishes retail at £14.50 from or 

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

Barbara Daly Nail Polish

Last year Tesco sent me  a £25 gift card to spend on beauty in store. I bought some products & was shocked at how good the makeup selection was in my local store, so many popular brands.  Click here to see what else I purchased. One of the products I bought that day has turned out to be a firm favourite of mine,

Barbara Daly Nail Polish

Barbara Daly Nail Polish in Mellow Moments* I think this colour is so pretty & would describe it as a dusky pink. Its looks quite neutral on and its such a subtle shade that’s ideal for everyday. The formula is quite creamy and I found it was opaque in two coats. Drying time was pretty quick, a couple of minutes and I didn’t smudge my nails at all which for me is quite a miracle.

This lasted a whole week on me with no chipping at all. I was shocked and I have just taken it off my nails as they need some TLC but I will be putting this straight back on which I have never done with a polish before. I think this colour is just so easy to wear and because its not too bright or dark it looks sophisticated and pretty.

I did apply my Essence Better Than Gel Top Coat and that gave my nails a glossy finish and like I said this lasted a whole 7 days with no chipping. I am going to head back to Tesco to get a few more colours and see if they last just as long.

Have you tried anything from Barbara Daly? I have tried their cream shadow sticks & rave about those too, inexpensive and brilliant quality, to read about them click here.

Barbara Daly Makeup is exclusive to Tesco, they have recently rebranded the line and released lots of new products.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.