Nail Trends: Spring 2012

February 17, 2012

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A nickname that I acquired in high school was, “The Color Master,” as people often came to me to and asked what particular shade of yellow should be in their paintings. Conversations would often go: “Add a tad more green…a little more…okay, now a little bit of red…OKAY, THERE.” As someone who is so color oriented, I’m always stumped by the lack of range in my wardrobe. Nail polish, on the other hand, is something that I’ve been pretty picky with color-wise for a few years now. I remember specifically wanting the PERFECT, solid, not-too-blue-but-not-too-green, non-shimmery/metallic turquoise and found it in Sally Hansen’s “Blue Me Away.” A couple of years later, my nail polish blew up kind of unexpectedly and I think I’ve just hit 60 bottles. (I doubled my collection in 8 months.) Now I’m not someone who will own several too close shades of the same color, but I am sensitive to warm and cool tints. Cue my list of Spring 2012 Nail Trends. I’ve picked these based on personal preference, lots of online swatch comparisons, and upcoming Spring 2012 collections from the actual color masters.

1. “Sand Tropez” by Essie (Spring 2011)– This pleasant nude is a neutral that I eyed for months. Just a step up from a basic grey, this beige has its same power but welcomes warmer climates with its warmer tone.

2. “Mermaid’s Dream” by Deborah Lippmann– Deborah Lippmann is basically the connoisseur of really cool nail polishes. “Mermaid’s Dream” is an amazing metallic seafoam with blue glitter. This nail polish does lend to the perfect mermaid tail texture and I can’t wait to try this one out!

3. “Lilacism” by Essie (Spring 2010)– “Lilacism” is a pale purple that leans towards the cool side (opposed to “Nice is Nice” which is more fuchsia). Now I’m not a huge purple fan, but I can’t shake wanting the perfect lilac this spring, and this one is it.

4. “Imperial Purple” by American Apparel (swatched)- You’re probably wondering why such a dark purple is included in my list. When I think of Spring, not only do airy pastels come to mind, but so do colorful wild flowers. “Imperial Purple” reminds me of African Violets, as it has the right amount of blue to it. It is a darker shade of Essie’s “No More Film,” (Resort 2012).

5. “Tart Deco” by Essie (Spring 2010)– I recently realized that I don’t own any coral besides AA’s neon version that leans towards orange. Coral is one of my go-to colors for the Summer (I once bought new coral swimsuits 3 years in a row) and it can certainly transition as early as Spring. My favorite coral is more pink than orange, and fairly light opposed to bold. This is where “Tart Deco” comes in :)

6. “Neutral Beauty” by Sephora by OPI (Spring 2012)– Now I haven’t actually seen this swatched, but I already know it’s perfect through the bottle. Why another nude? This one is even warmer and it’s an almost camel shade. I own a lot of camel in my closet, but not a single one in my nail collection. I don’t own this yet, but I’ll see to it that I do. Soon.

This is one of the longest posts I’ve ever done, so sorry if it’s a lot to read. I am such a color fanatic so nail polish naturally falls in that category. While these are my own personal trends, I’m down to hear what yours are. What’ll be on your nails this Spring?

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Nnenna February 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm

A detailed post dedicated entirely to nail polish? I’m in heaven! I so enjoyed reading your take on each color and why you selected it. I’m not a big nudes girl myself, but I want to test out the ones you mentioned. I love love the two Essie colors, especially the coral one! I also have way too many nail polishes myself (over 60 as well) but I’m always on the hunt for more colors!


Melanie February 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Haha! I’m glad you appreciated this post! :) I always see your new nail polish on Instagram…you’re just as addicted as I am. Definitely try them out…they’re so pretty! I’ll be swatching them soon :) And haha, I know what the hunt is like. I’m ALWAYS hunting!


Jenmarie February 22, 2012 at 12:34 am

Love this list! It reminded me I still need to order an Essie nail polish or two from Amazon!


Melanie February 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Thank you! And haha, get on it, girl ;)


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