Top 5 Summer Nail Polishes

Top 5 Summer Nail Polishes

While looking for a new nail colour the other day, it got me thinking about what colours I regularly use during the Summer months. Seen as we have been having some lovely weather here in the UK recently, I thought this might be a great time for me to do my Top 5 Summer Nail Polishes list.

I think the colour you paint your nails really tells a thousand stories about how you are feeling and your personality. Summer nail colours to me should be bright, but I know for School or Work you might want to keep it neutral so I have included my favourite nude into the set.

top 5 summer nail polishes

Here are my favourite colours of nail polish which I use in heavy rotation during the Summer months (starting from left to right):

Barry M – Gelly – Almond

I thought I would start off with the least bold colour. This colour is my favourite nude shade and is the best nude colour I have found. I spent years looking for the perfect nude and it is so difficult. You get some that you can hardly tell you are wearing polish, some that are too pink and some that aren’t remotely ‘nude’. This colour for my pale skin tone is perfect and I think even if you had more olive skin; it would still look lovely.

The colour is similar to that of a froth from a latte. The picture above shows it as a little lilac in natural light, but it is more of a brown, grey, lilac, nude kind of shade. The Barry M Gelly polishes are a High-Shine polish, but if you did want this to be Matte you can always use the Barry M Matte Top-Coat to give this effect.

The retail price of this polish is £3.99, but you can usually pick them up on a 3-for-2 offer or some other offers that they have on at the time.


Rimmel London – 60 Seconds – Too Cool to Tango

This colour is beautiful and sums up a Summer beach perfectly for me. I love the shade of this blue and it has a lovely coverage on the nails. The 60 Seconds range from Rimmel do dry in 60 seconds like they say and I found that the colour does last for about a week with 2 coats.

The polish leaves a lovely gloss to your nails and I love the brush that this polish comes with. It is a flat brush which makes applying nail polish so much quicker and precise.

This nail polish’s retail price is £2.99.


Barry M – Gelly – Mango

This colour is a vibrant Orange, and is the best Orange that I have tried. I am totally in love with Barry M nail polishes (as you can see) and this colour Mango is a great Summer colour in my opinion. I am not a person who wears such vibrant colours, but this orange is lovely and not that bright. Well it is bright, but it is more toned down than the other Oranges I have tried. The High Shine Gelly version of this gives the polish a classy look to it and it is a shade I love to wear for a weekend or a holiday.

Like the other Barry M colour, the retail price of this polish is £3.99, but you can usually pick them up on a 3-for-2 offer or some other offers that they have on at the time.


Essie – Lapiz of Luxury

This is one of my favourite Essie Nail Polishes. I own quite a few Essie colours, and I especially love the sets of 2 which they do too. Lapiz of Luxury for me though is a gorgeous blue. It is not too bright, slightly purple and quite warm for being a blue. The colour I would describe this as is a Cornflower Blue, and it is a colour my eyes were immediately in love with.

Essie nail polishes are thinner than other brands and usually take 2 or 3 coats of polish. I personally do 3 with this colour to make it last a bit longer and to give it a streak-free finish. Essie nail polishes are more expensive than other brands at £7.99, but I would say they are worth the money as they last. I once got 2 weeks of wear (chip free) with a base coat, 2 coats of Essie colour and a top coat.


Barry M – Aquarium collection – Pacific

The Aquarium Collection by Barry M came out a few years ago and I instantly fell in love with them. I picked up 3 colours, but Pacific is my ultimate favourite. I am a big fan of blue nail polish, and this is a metalic blue. It is a duo colour, so when you move your hand it changes from a green to blue. It’s just gorgeous and only takes 2 coats of the colour to show it’s true beauty.

This collection is no more expensive than the other Barry M polishes which are £3.99 and usually on a 3-for-2 offer.

What are your Top 5 Summer Nail Polishes?

Let me know what your Top 5 Summer Nail Polishes are in the comments below or on Twitter or Instagram. I am always looking for new colours and brands to try out, so please let me know.


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