Top 10 of 2014: Nail Polish

Top 10 of 2014: Nail Polish

Continuing with the 2014 round ups, today I’ve picked out my Top Ten polishes from this year. Each made the list for their own reasons and every polish is special in its own way. This year, I really embraced light shades whereas I was always into moody colours in years past. There is definitely an abundance of purples and I don’t think my Number 1 will be a surprise to anyone!

I chose these ten shades without looking in to my Helmer to force myself to really think back through the year to the colours that were on my nails the most. Doing it this way rather than sifting through the bottles made it much easier because the ones that came straight to mind were obviously the ones that have become special to me over the last 12 months. I did have to concentrate a little harder trying to go back to the start of the year but I eventually came up with a shortlist and narrowed it down to just ten…

Barry M Coconut

10. Barry M Coconut

Barry M’s Gelly range has always been one of my staples for creme base coats to use in my nail art but there wasn’t a decent white until Coconut came along this year. It’s a slightly off white and just the perfect base for nail art. I’m on my second bottle now and it does need thinning out occasionally but when it’s at it’s best consistency, I only need to use two coats for perfectly smooth application.

China Glaze Cowgirl Up

9. China Glaze Cowgirl Up

Cowgirl Up has been a firm favourite of mine since 2013 but it still makes the cut all this time later. It’s just one of those old faithful polishes that I always grab if I’m in a rush. A stunning shade when worn glossy and even more fascinating, like velvet, when mattified.

NYC Hudson Breeze

8. NYC Hudson Breeze

This year I found THE PREFECT cobalt blue in NYC’s Hudson Breeze. It’s a pure creme, not a jelly like so many cobalt polishes, perfect in two coats and it doesn’t stain my nails at all.

NYC Peach Posicles

7. NYC Peach Popsicles

I was very taken with Pastels this year and it lasted way past the ends of summer. Another perfect two coater from NYC, Peach Popsicles is the one that stayed out on my desk for the longest. I soon discovered that goes really well with almost everything – try a peach with purple and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results!

ILNP Black Orchid

6. ILNP Black Orchid

Black Orchid is basically my holographic version of Cowgirl Up. I’m a sucker for deep purples and to have one in holo form really ties my collection together nicely! This is one of my first ILNP polishes and I remember being so impressed with the quality and lasting power of this fall holographic collection.

China Glaze Fairy Dust

5. China Glaze Fairy Dust

After a long time pining after this polish, I finally got around to ordering it at the very end of 2013. A sprinkling of this superfine holographic glitter will make any mani look magical and even though it went unloved into the end of the year, I wore it on everything until May!

piCture pOlish LakoDom

4. piCture pOlish LakoDom

LakoDom was released in October but I didn’t get my hands on it until early December. It immediately became a firm favourite and made my list of Top 5 Christmas Colours. It’s a slightly grey-toned white with holographic shards and looks gorgeous worn alone or with nail art. It’s a very soft and dreamy shade and it goes with everything so it’s quickly become a staple of my collection.

The Lacquer Lab Ultra Violet

3. The Lacquer Lab Ultra Violet

I picked this bottle up knowing that it would be a nice shade but the first time I wore it, I knew it was an amazing shade! It’s super vibrant with a wonderful formula and just an all around easy to wear polsh.

Nicole by OPI The Coral of the Story

2. Nicole by OPI The Coral of the Story

This polish is one from Nicole by OPI’s Seize the Summer collection and the most beautiful coral I’ve ever worn. I wore this to death over the summer! This was a sample that I got from OPI and I’ve had trouble tracking it down for purchase in the UK (even online) but according to Of Life and Lacquer, OPI’s Live.Love.Carnaval is a perfect dupe.

piCture pOlish Fool's Gold

1. piCture pOlish Fool’s Gold (by The Nailasaurus)

How could I write about my favourite polishes from this year without mentioning what is perhaps the single proudest moment of my time as a blogger. This is the nail polish that I’ve always wanted to own and having the chance to create my own shade meant that I finally could. So of course, it comes in at number 1 because it literally is the perfect shade for me! You can read more about the process of creating this shade with piCture pOlish here.

  • Oh Hudson Breeze is so nice, and so is the PP by you! 🙂

  • Kelly Gibson

    Love Fairy Dust! I’ve been trying to get my hands on Lakodom forever but I can’t find it in stock anywhere 🙁 Apparently I need to find a source for Barry M…

  • You have great picks! I really feel like NYC New York Color is underrated as a drugstore brand, they really have some great polishes and colors!

  • Ooh I was forced to head over to each nail art 😉

    Shang J.

  • Fool’s Gold is beautiful, top work! I love Cowgirl Up too 🙂

  • Kathryn J

    Good list! Two of these are already some of my favourite polishes: ‘Fairy Dust’ (I could happily wear it over almost everything!) and ‘Coconut’ (I love that it’s off-white … bright white is too stark on me). Three others: Black Orchid, Lakodom and Fools Gold are on my wishlist. I just have to save up for them now! 🙂

  • Great picks! There all so lovely.

  • ValiantlyVarnished

    Black Orchid seems to be on everyone’s list – no surprise since it’s such a stunner! It was number one on my list.

  • Laura B

    Fool’s Gold is one of my favourite purchases this year. Love it!

  • beachgal

    Gosh, I’ve been wearing Cowgirl Up since it released log ago in the Rodeo Collection – must be 6 or 7 years ago now at least – grate shade

  • Annette H

    I was looking at my polishes the other day and I realized that my bottle of fools gold is a lot emptier than all my other polishes. And I realized that I was easily my favorite polish too. Its just so pretty and so wearable!

  • These seems like very useful polishes, I’m lemming LakoDom so maybe I will get it this year..

  • I love how you’ve shown the reference images with each polish. Great post!

  • Trii (

    Great idea! Maybe I’ll do the same 😉
    Love number 6 & 7 <3

  • Candice

    Love that you included favourites that weren’t necessarily from 2014. (But I thought for sure Sally Hansen Green Tea would make the list.) Fool’s Gold is stunning. It was fun to see your picks, especially linked to nail art. I love your blog. Happy New Year!

  • World Pedi Spa

    Hudson Breeze for me as well. Love it 🙂

  • Guest

    I totally agree with so many of these picks, I find myself wanting to top everything with Fairy Dust. It’s so hard to resist!

  • I totally agree with so many of these picks! I have to fight the urge to Fairy Dust all the things!

  • That NYC blue is really nice and great value for money, will have to get that! I was also wondering where the easiest place to buy picture polish in UK was? any ideas? From Emily xx