Two weeks ago I did up a post on what nail polishes I decluttered – and as promised, this week I’m sharing what I decided to keep as part of my collection!
When I look at what my collection is now vs. what it was I feel better about it – but I still feel like there’s room for improvement. Polished & Inspired said something last week that really resonated with me – she said she wanted to have a small/medium collection of polishes that she LOVES – not a huge collection of polishes she somewhat likes. That makes a lot of sense to me so that’s going to be my goal going forward.
Here’s a look at what my polish collection looks like after the declutter. I picked up these acrylic organizers at HomeSense and I really like them – they’re great at keeping them organized and upright. Previously I had them all thrown into a tote which is definitely not ideal. I only have one polish that doesn’t fit in there (Ciate) but given that it’s only one and I don’t really buy Ciate polishes, I don’t see that being an issue.
I’ve decided I’m going to test out each of these throughout the rest of the year and if I don’t LOVE them, they’re gone. I’m contemplating if I start doing reviews on the polishes as I make my way through them but that’s still TBD – I’m not the greatest at applying polish so I don’t know if I want to photograph that – we’ll see.
Anyway, let’s get into it:
Base Coats / Top Coats/ Treatments
Essie Gel Grow Stronger Base Coat; Essie Gel Setter Top Coat; Sephora by OPI Base & Top Coat; Nubar Foundation Base Coat; Orly Bonder; Sally Hansen VitaSurge Strengthening Gel; Orly Argan Cuticle Oil
- Orly Bonder is my absolute favourite basecoat, hands down!
- Orly’s Argan Oil Cuticle Oil is equally as awesome!
Want my Bawdy; What I Like About Blue; Let’s Jam; Ruby Pumps
Row 1: Ballet Slippers; Topless & Barefoot; Angora Cardi; Sugar Daddy; Petal Pink; Groove is in the Heart;
Row 2: Lounge Lover; Peach Daiquiri; Lillacism; Play Date; Go with the Flowy; Mint Candy Apple; Bobbing for Baubles;
- Sugar Daddy is one of my favourite sheer pink polishes
- I love Lounge Lover & Peach Daiquiri on my toes
- Angora Cardi is a my favourite shade for Fall/Winter
Left to Right: Care to Danse?; Let’s Be Friends; Small + Cute = <3; DS Reserve; Charmmy & Sugar
- I picked up Care to Danse? a few weekends ago and I am in love. It’s a beautiful sheer lilac and it’s fantastic!
Snappy Sorbet; Sonic Boom; Black & Blue; Disco Ball
Hermina; Lola; Miranda; Shivon; Roxy
Morgan Taylor Eye Candy & I’m the Good Witch; Deborah Lippman She Bop & Lillac Wine; Julep – Robin & Sienna
Color Club Cosmic Fate; Ciate – Brocade Parade; Orly Passion Fruit; Formula X Sheer Strength
As I was going through my collection I found quite a few polishes that were very similar in shade but I couldn’t recall which had the better formula. Therefore I’m going to put each of them to the test, keep the best one and pass on the inferior one.
Formula X Perfection vs Essie Merino Cool
Julep Renee vs Julep Jessica
Sephora by OPI Who Let the Dorks Out vs Color Blast by Orly – Brilliant Sky
Zoya Nephratiti vs. Formula X Pyrotechnic
Essie Lilacism vs Julep
What’s your favourite nail polish?