Finding a good white polish is a journey for any nail art lover. And at some point during that journey, you’ll come to realise that one white polish probably isn’t enough when it turns out your favourite white base is pretty much invisible when you try to stamp it over plum, or the one you found that so perfectly stamps over dark black just looks like a hot, streaky mess when you try to wear it alone. I’ve been there too, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
To an outsider, it may seem excessive to name 4 ‘must have’ white polishes – it’s just white nail polish, right?! But think of it in real-life terms – you wouldn’t paint the radiators with the same paint you use on the walls. Just like you don’t paint the shed with the same paint that’s on your car. Each of them has different characteristics and yields different results so really, 4 white nail polishes is quite prudent!
The Neutral Base Coat
Barry M Coconut is a slightly off-white shade that works really well as a base coat. When I’m going to be painting nail art on top of it, I usually apply two thin coats and get stuck in. It’s also the perfect consistency for using in freehand nail art, but it’s not fully opaque so it has its limits.
I quite often wear this one alone and it works charmingly as an accent colour paired with other muted/pastel tones.
Barry M Coconut // Superdrug £3.99
The White White Base Coat
When I want a clean, stark starting point for my nail art, I grab Barry M Matte White. It’s matte by name but not by nature – this one has a pretty standard glossy finish so I have no idea why they named it Matte White.
It’s prone to getting kinda thick so I use nail polish thinner on occasion to get it back to a nice smooth consistency, but for less than £3 a bottle I’m not complaining!
Barry M White // Superdrug £2.99
The Stamp Champ
NOTHING beats BK Matte White for stamping nail art. It works over anything…. literally anything. The formula is very thick and pigmented which makes it perfect for stamping but a nightmare for painting – it’s almost chalky, so you just can’t get a smooth finish.
Unlike the Barry M, this Matte White actually is a matte polish. As far as I know, you can only get this from Born Pretty Store and, to the best of my knowledge, the brand is BK. It used to be printed rather blatantly on the bottle but the design now sort of reads, ‘BK Gorgeous’.
Whatever you want to call it, this polish is amazing and if you’re a keen stamper, you NEED it. I’m on my third bottle at the moment and will keep buying it until they stop selling it!
BK Matte White // Born Pretty Store $4.36
The Special Something
Okay, so this one isn’t a ‘must have’ but if you took it away, I’d be pretty torn up about it. Just look how preeetttttyyy!
Every now and then, a very special polish comes along to brighten your day and for me, piCture pOlish LakoDom is one of those polishes. I fell in love as soon as I saw it and it’s made it’s way on to a few of my ‘best of’ lists already! This milky white is packed with holo particles which sets it apart from the sea of white polishes out there. Perfect as a base for nail art (especially anything snow/winter related!) or on its own in two coats every time.
piCture pOlish LakoDom // piCture pOlish AU$13.00