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I feel like I’ve been trying a lot of corals this summer, yet I’m not tired of the color at all, since it comes in such a wide range of shades. My latest is Nails Inc. St. James Park (Spring/Summer Trend, 2013), a bold pinkish coral creme:

St. James Park

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, though at the first coat it was a bit streaky in appearance. I still managed to get full, even coverage in two coats, with some touchups in between, because the formula was highly pigmented. I really, really love this pinkish coral, though that doesn’t surprise me because another favorite coral creme of mine, Brook Street, is also from Nails Inc. St. James Park does look pretty similar to Brook Street; they are both pinkish corals, but the former has more pink, while the latter has a drop more orange. Back to my current NOTD, this one looks very pretty and sweet because it’s so pink-toned, yet it’s such a bright, punchy color that’s perfect for summer. This is another one that makes me think of fruity, tropical drinks. 🙂 I paired this with Color Club Blue-Ming on my toes.


I’m taking a small break from neons by finishing up trying another small collection. I really loved Magazine Cover Mouse, so I was really looking forward to trying the other two polishes I got. First I’m wearing OPI A Definite Moust-Have (Couture de Minnie), a bright, coral-amaranth creme with subtle shimmer:

A Definite Moust-Have

Picture taken in natural light. (I wish there had been sunlight to take this photo in, but when you enlarge it, you can kind of see the shimmer. It’s also a bolder shade in real life.) This applied very well, going on smoothly in two coats, plus some touchups to cover up dark spots. I wasn’t sure how to define this color, because it looks different in various lighting conditions. Indoors, this seems to have red-orange tones, making it look coral. Outdoors, however, it looks more straightforwardly pink; it reminds me of NARS Anardana. Whatever the color is, I love it! It looks gorgeous in the bottle, and even more so on the nail. The shimmer is very subtle, so at a quick glance it just looks like a creme. Although it’s not that obvious, this kind of secret shimmer does give a little extra something to the finish. I think OPI named this one pretty accurately. 😉 I paired this with NARS Koliary on my toes.


This is the last of the coral-toned polishes in this collection, and my favorite of the three (and one of my favorites in the whole collection). China Glaze Surfin’ For Boys (Summer Neons, Summer 2012) is a neon red coral with fine pink shimmer:

Surfin' For Boys

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, though I still needed three coats for full, even coverage. It was quite pigmented but that extra coat was necessary to cover up dark spots. I had such a hard time photographing this! Its neon qualities were difficult to convey; this is not just bright, but very, very glowy as well. I love this color! Initially I thought this was just a red-orange, but the addition of the pink shimmer makes it look more coral. This is one of the most intense-looking polishes in this collection, since it’s both really fluorescent and strongly pigmented. I typically favor the more sweet-looking, pinkish corals, but I absolutely love this more red-leaning shade in neon form. It’s definitely the most fiery coral I’ve ever tried, perfect to wear during this heat wave. I paired this with Illamasqua Serenity on my toes.


Almost half of this collection is made up of pinks and corals, but I don’t mind, as they’re all pretty and perfect for summer. This is just the second of them I’ve tried so far, China Glaze Flirty Tankini (Summer Neons, Summer 2012), a neon medium coral-pink with fine pink shimmer:

Flirty Tankini

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied smoothly, needing three coats for full, even coverage. Either the pink or orange-coral tones will dominate depending on the lighting situation, but in any case, I love this color. I already adore regular pink-toned corals, so I especially love the shade in neon form! The shimmer adds an extra something to the finish that makes it not just bright, but glowy. This color looks so summery; it has this sweet, fruity look to it; it makes me think of some tropical drink I would be enjoying poolside. 🙂 I paired this with Color Club Hydrangea Kiss topped with Color Club Bishop Weed on my toes.


I previously said that my NOTDs this week would’ve made for a great ombre manicure.  The first was the most orange, and this is the most pink. Ciaté Kiss Chase is a pinky coral, or corally pink creme (I couldn’t decide):

Kiss Chase

Picture taken in natural light. (Again, I lament the lack of sunlight for picture-taking.) This applied well in three coats. I couldn’t quite pin this color down, as it looked so different in various lighting conditions. Whenever I was indoors, it seemed like a really pink-toned coral, but when I was outdoors, it seemed like a pink, with perhaps a drop of coral tone (as it appears in my photo). Either way, it’s a very pretty and sweet color. I think I actually like its indoor “face” better, as I adore the really pink corals. I see this as a flirty color, but the name may be a contributing factor to that. I do like that it’s girly, but not in the more obvious Barbie-pink way; I appreciate seeing more warm pinks out there! I paired this with China Glaze Caribbean Blue on my toes.


Although this NOTD is in the same broad family as my previous one, I thought it was different enough to try right after. Essie Come Here! (Resort Collection, 2013) is a bright coral creme:

Come Here!

Picture taken in natural light. (I wish the weather hadn’t been so gloomy, this really looks its best in the sun). This applied well, though I needed three coats for even coverage. My apartment is pretty dimly lit, with yellow light, so when I looked at this indoors it seemed like an orangey coral. When I went outside, I saw that it was actually closer to a true coral. It seems to have almost an even balance of orange and pink, though I’d say it leans towards the orange side, ever so slightly. Seen in natural light or sunlight, there’s no mistaking this for anything but a coral, though, and I like it so much more than I was expecting to! It’s perfect for a resort collection, since coral is one of those quintessential summery, warm-weather colors. I paired this with China Glaze Blue Island Iced Tea on my toes.


It’s a small victory but I do love the feeling of checking an untried off my list. I normally wear these kinds of brights in May but there were too many polishes and not enough days so I’m glad to try them now. China Glaze Make Some Noise (Electropop, Spring 2012) is an orangey coral creme:

Picture taken in sunlight. The formula had that thick and runny quality, but it still applied well; I needed three coats for even coverage. I’ve stated my preference for pinky corals but I do still like the orangey ones. I can’t exactly pinpoint why, but there’s something about the shade that says “coral” to me, rather than “red-orange.” No matter what shade, I’ll love any coral that’s summery and bright, and this one definitely is. Its finish has a sort of juicy look that makes me think of fruit. I paired this with Essie Lapis of Luxury on my toes.


While there isn’t any play scheduled at Wimbledon on this middle Sunday, I can’t wait for Manic Monday tomorrow! I’m ringing in a new month with the next in this lineup of Brit-named polishes. Nails Inc. Brook Street is a bright coral pink creme:

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, but I still needed three coats for even coverage. I didn’t mind, though, because the formula was smooth and easy to work with. I think I’ve found a new favorite coral polish! I usually prefer the pink-toned corals to the red or orange-toned ones (which can be so red/orange that I just end up classifying them red-orange as opposed to coral anyway.) Coral pinks are nothing new and I already own several, but this one is tops for me for many reasons. It may be very pink-toned, but it’s still unmistakably coral. It’s so bright and pretty, making it a perfect summery shade. Though it didn’t come across in the number of coats I had to do, there’s something about the finished mani that looks so bold and intensely pigmented. Plus I love it even more because it has a good formula, making the mani a breeze to paint. I paired this with Essie Absolutely Shore on my toes.


Today I thought I’d sport a color to reflect the bit of sunny weather we’re finally getting this month.  American Apparel Pink Ladies (Fall 2011) is a salmon coral creme:

Picture taken in sunlight (at last!) This applied well and was quite pigmented, but I still needed three coats to cover up cuticle drag streaks. I love when I’m pleasantly surprised by a polish! I think it looks slightly brighter on the nail than it does in the bottle, so I like my finished mani way more than I expected to. Salmon is a color that can easily look old-fashioned, but this one is lovely and vibrant. I paired this with Sephora by OPI Slushied on my toes.


For today I thought I’d put on a color that seemed Cinco de Mayo-esque.  OPI Red Lights Ahead…Where? is a bright coral red creme:

Picture taken in natural light. (For me this photographed like a red-orange, but it’s really much redder in real life; I wish I had sunlight!) This applied well, but like my previous mani, the formula required three coats for full, even coverage. This color is awesome! It’s super-bright and saturated. I love how red-toned it is, since a lot of bright corals I see tend to be orangey, plus I’m just a sucker for red cremes. The only thing I probably don’t like about it is the overly long name (why not just “Red Lights Ahead”?) I paired this with Sephora by OPI Read My Palm on my toes.




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