Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My top 10 of 2012: polishes

We're getting closer to the end of the year and I thought it would be fun to do 2 top 10 posts, one with polishes and one with nail art, and here's the first! 2012 did make me think "haven't we seen this before?" fairly often, but there are plenty of gorgeous and unique polishes as well, and picking just 10 wasn't easy at all! Some of my favorites didn't come out this year though, and loads of them aren't in my stash even, so that made the sorting a bit easier already :)
Sorting them made me look back at the nice changes to standard assortments (especially from Essence and Catrice), some great collections (like the A England The Legend collection, it felt like everyone was excited about it and loving it) and sparkly Indie glitters (this year had so many new Indie brands!). And now I'm clueless what to put on my nails, I saw so much that I want to wear again =D

So here we have it, in random order, my top 10:

The year started great with The Legend collection I mentionned above as well, and of course A England Dragon is in this top 10 :)


China Glaze's Deviantly Daring was an easy pick, a duochrome stamping polish? Double win ^^


Max Factor came out with Fantasy Fire, a polish that everyone tried to get their hands on! I haven't posted swatches of this bottled awesomeness on it's own yet, here I showed it layered over an Essence polish. This was one of the polishes that I felt I have to try again soon, and now that it's available here as well, I won't have to worry about wasting any of it on failed layerings, lol.


OPI My Very First Knockwurst is a polish that I haven't even shown on itself yet, oops! So you'll have to look through the glitters and stamping I'm afraid :)
I recently got it and it might look a bit bland in this list, but I'm loving it. It makes an excellent base for purple/pink/brown/silver colors (and perhaps some more even). It's one of those colors that seems to adjust to whatever you use with it, for example using a purple makes the purple show more in MVFK, as you can see here as well.


Of course I haven't forgotten about another A England polish that everyone seems to love (me included), Saint George! I don't have decent sunlight swatches of it, but the right image shows the magic of this polish better. And it gets bonus points because it works for stamping as well :)


One of the Indie brands that I got to try out was JENsations, and I fell in love with her Rainbow Sprinkles. It's a bright yet softer looking glitter, because it lacks harder looking black or silver pieces, if that makes sense.
On a sidenote, both purples that I used as base here are from the China Glaze ElectroPop collection, which is one of my favorite collections from 2012 because they all make such great bases for nail art ♥


China Glaze I'm Not Lion was an unexpected favorite, with or without top coat, it works either way and I didn't think I'd love this one as much as I do. Glittery holo goodness!


I'm not sure why I'm loving this one as much as I do, I'm usually not so into the vampy colors, but W.I.C. by Herôme Jaïpur could very well be my favorite vampy polish :)


Yeah yeah, I know I'm cheating here, but it's cheating with holos so I think you'll forgive me =) Honestly now, how could I choose between these 4! Depend's Holographic collection had some real beauties and original colors in it, but I'm in the mood for blue/green/teal so these were the ones that I couldn't leave out. These are Denim Blue, Ocean Blue, Ocean Green and Laurel Green.


And last but not least, I fell in love with Orly Miss Conduct straight away! If you love OPI DS Extravaganza, have a look at this one as well, they're no dupes and both stunning.


Now you saw my favorites, and if you feel like sharing, I'd love to hear what yours are as well!
Thanks for looking and take care :)

10 comments:

  1. the "vampy" polish is amazing and i really like the purple stamping. i wish we had all these brands here and at afordable price

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  2. Those are all really pretty colors!

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  4. What a great list!!!

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  5. Funny, I'm been making my own top 10 list (haven't posted it yet) and I have four polishes on my list that you had too. :) We seem to have quite similar taste! I do love pretty much all that you picked, they look very pretty. :)

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  6. Love your nails! Great top 10, especially Dragon and Jaipur look fantastic. ♥

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  7. I own half of your top 10, but I wish I could do such an use of them as you are! You are amazing in creating stamping/nail art combos! True masterpieces can been seen on these swatches!
    I went a bit dramatic, sorry B-)

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  8. I think I drooled over every one on the list. You have great taste!

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  9. Miss Conduct staat bij mij op 1!! Rest is ook mooi :)

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