Tips and Tricks: Sheer Nail Polish – Pastel Pink

How many times have you bought nail polish that is a nice lovely light shade only to find out later that it is sheer?

I HATE IT. ARGH!

I like wearing sheer nail polish from time to time, especially very light pink shades. It gives my nails a glossy look, with a healthy pink tint. Looks lovely. Looks great on french manicures as well, instead of the usual clear coat. But sometimes, I want that exact light shade but opaque.

Case in point: O.P.I Nail Lacquer in ‘Passion’

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Isn’t that an adorable colour? I was gifted this bottle and I was so excited to try it on. It’s SUCH a pretty shade! I love it so much! Except when I tried it on, I needed to put 4-5 thick coats to get the colour to show. I really hate it when the white part of the tips of my nails (the free edge) show under my nail polish. I just don’t like that.

Eureka moment. Apply white nail polish under the pink.

Use any white nail polish you have. I had some from a french manicure set and decided to use that. I put on two coats of white nail polish. One is enough if your white nail polish is opaque and smooth enough after the first coat.

Step 1: Apply white nail polish

Step 1: Apply white nail polish

Then apply the sheer pink nail polish. One coat brought out the colour but I wanted it a tad bit darker so I applied 2 coats.

Step 2: Apply the sheer nail polish colour

Step 2: Apply the sheer nail polish colour

Look! Such a nice summery pastel colour! I love nude pink shades and this is just perfect! It’s beautiful! I love it! I always end up staring at my nails for ages when I do this colour.

Now instead of venting out frustration every time you end up with light coloured nail polish that turns out too sheer, you can try this out! Or just simply try it out with your sheer nail polishes to create a whole new look!

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Review: Essie Nail Polish

After having heard so much about Essie nail polishes on several fashion blogs, I decided to finally try one. I’ve got several bottles of Essie but had never tried them. I looked into my nail polish box and found a colour I liked.

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It’s called Fifth Avenue. The colour is darling! I was shying away from my dark reds and cherry reds because I wanted something bright and summery. This shade is a nice bright red that really pops. I thought it was going to be a coral colour that leans towards red but it turned out to be good old pure red. It was easy to apply. I applied 2 coats. It wasn’t thick and goopy like some nail polishes are. But this nail polish chips fast. And I mean really fast.

After a day or two of applying it, I started to notice that the nail polish was chipping! I was sorely disappointed. I had heard so many people praise Essie nail polishes and I thought they’d at least last a week without chipping! It wasn’t just chipping at the tips of my nails, mind. It was chipping at the sides and the base as well.

My suggestion would be to use Essie with an anti-chip coat on top. The colours are adorable but I’m not impressed with how quickly it chips. Might as well buy a cheaper brand that lasts just as long.