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My Favourite Spring Nail Colours

As spring nears,  I’ve been thinking about lightening up my nail colour palette.  I am usually drawn to dark rich colours, such as Chanel’s Rouge Noir (also known as “Vamp”), but these can feel pretty heavy for spring time. 

Chanel Rouge Noir a.k.a Vamp
Chanel Rouge Noir a.k.a Vamp

While the snow sticks around along with the frigid temperatures, I’m springing forward with light pastels and nudes.

Here are some of my favourites:

Essie Lilacism, Dior Porccelaine, Chanel Ballerina, DL Glitter in the Air
Essie Lilacism, Dior Porcelaine, Chanel Ballerina, DL Glitter in the Air
  1. Essie Lilacism:  This polish is a nice, pale, opaque lilac colour.  Super flattering on every skin tone and surprisingly goes well with most colours (clothing-wise).  I was looking for Revlon’s Charming when I came across Lilacism.  While Charming is a great colour, it is a bit bluer than I wanted.  Good dupe though for Lilacism.
  2. Dior Porcelaine:  I LOVE THIS COLOUR.  I had been on the hunt for the perfect Easter egg blue since I missed out on Chanel’s Coco Blue (nothing haunts us more than the things we didn’t buy).  It is an opaque, truly pale, perfect blue colour.  This also looks amazing on toes.  Nice and clean.
  3. Chanel Ballerina:  This is a staple of mine and a favourite of Chanel Le Vernis addicts.  It is the perfect nude colour with a hint of pink.  Nails looking a bit crappy due to winter?  Get a manicure with this colour.  It will make your hands look clean, healthy and brand new.  Totally flattering.
  4. Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air:  I bought this for my trip to Costa Rica.  I thought it would be an opaque, pale blue/teal colour with sparkles, but it is completely transparent.  While I found it horrible to wear alone (made nails looks corpse-like), it turned out to be a great topcoat for Dior Porcelaine – the only reason I haven’t given it away…yet.
OPI (from r to l): Don't Bossa Nova Me Around, Don't Be Such a Budapest, I Can't Cope-Acabana, Pedal Faster Suzi!, My Vampire is Buff
OPI (from r to l): Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around, Don’t Be Such a Budapest, I Can’t Cope-Acabana, Pedal Faster Suzi!, My Vampire is Buff
  1. OPI Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around:  The above pic does not do this colour justice, unfortunately,  This is an opaque beige/nude colour that is fabulous.  Two coats of this colour transforms your nails from ragged to perfect.  In the sun, it looks very pale pink.  LOVE IT.
  2. OPI You’re Such a Budapest: Again, I bought this while on the hunt for the perfect lilac/lavender colour.  While I still much prefer Essie’s Lilacism, this is a pretty bluish-lavender.  I find this colour looks much better on lighter skin tones.  My skin tone is medium dark, and I feel this just looks blah on me.
  3. OPI I Just Can’t Cope-Acabana:  I LOVE THIS COLOUR!!!  It’s like summer in a bottle! Last year, everyone went nuts for Deborah Lippmann’s Yellow Brick Road (below).  I found Yellow Brick Road to be horribly unflattering with its egg yolk colour and jelly finish.  OPI’s version is opaque, more lemon-y coloured, and therefore easier to pull off.  It is bright and sunny and looks especially clean and fresh on toenails.  Don’t be afraid of this colour!
  4. OPI Pedal Faster Suzi!:  This is a pretty, transparent, pale-pink colour with subtle shimmer.  While it isn’t my favourite go-to pale pink (like Chanel Le Vernis May), this is a great option for pretty, clean nails.  Two coats will provide a nice, clean healthy finish, and one coat can act as a topcoat for any opaque pink colour to add some subtle sparkle.
  5. OPI My Vampire is Buff:  Again, a favourite!  I absolute love this colour and I’m on my second bottle, as my first one I either left in Italy last summer or it got swiped!  LOL!  This is an opaque, creamy pale nude colour – a bit more on the beige side.  It is so flattering on everyone, and it’s modern and fresh. I get a ton of compliments on this one. LOVE!
Deborah Lippmann's hard-to-wear Yellow Brick Road
Deborah Lippmann’s hard-to-wear Yellow Brick Road
Chanel Le Vernis in May; pic from Style Domination Instagram
Chanel Le Vernis in May; pic from Style Domination Instagram

As you may have noticed, I do not have any teal colours on this list.  Don’t worry – I love them too – probably love them the most!  My faves are Essie Turks and Caicos, Essie Mint Candy Apple and YSL Jade Imperiale.  Unfortunately, I have used so much of these three nail colours that the bottles are half-full and looking pretty terrible.  Look out for a blog post on these colours once I replenish!

Essie Turks and Caicos
Essie Turks and Caicos
Essie Mint Candy Apple (front); pic courtesy of www.onelittlebirddesign.com
Essie Mint Candy Apple (front); pic courtesy of www.onelittlebirddesign.com


Let me know what some  your spring faves are in the comments!  Looking forward to reading about your faves!



*Pic courtesy of www.ellecanada.com

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. February 23, 2015 / 6:24 pm

    Totally love this post! I’m typically an all-red, all-the-time kind of girl. The darker, the better! Last summer I started to incorporate brighter shades, like those you’ve mentioned–lilacs and teals and soft pinks. I felt like my fingernails got a breath of fresh air. You’re so right – those darker shades can be so heavy! Can’t wait to utilize spring colors – I’ve got my eye on that Essie Lilacism!

  2. February 27, 2015 / 3:40 pm

    I love those colours – so similar to the ones I would choose (and I love that particular Essie one – have it myself). But OMG it is so not spring. I WISH it were spring. But I can’t even imagine it coming over the horizon …

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