It seems that every year about this time I have a longing to wear light, airy pastel blues and cheerful sky blues. Today's post features nine of my favorite light blue nail colors. Some are new (Nails Inc.'s Chelsea Physic Garden), and others not-so-new (Chanel's Riva). Most recently, my quest for the perfect pale blue led me to Julep's Liz, which is the lightest blue I've come across yet and was the inspiration for this post.
|Left to right: Sally Hansen Blue-Away, OPI What's With the Cattitude?, Nails Inc. Chelsea Physic Garden, Nars Kutki|
The first four shades show above are what I consider "swimming pool blue"--an eye catching, fun, and quintessential summer shade. If you like this type of color, I recommend Sally Hansen's Blue-Away, which is an excellent value and has a formula that is on par with, and in some cases better than, the others shown here. It is quite similar to both Nars' Kutki and OPI's What's with the Cattitude?, which is just a touch darker and slightly cooler-toned. Nails Inc.'s new limited edition spring shade, Chelsea Physic Garden, is a pretty blue creme that I could not resist--but after comparing it with Blue-Away, I recommend saving a few dollars and trying the Sally Hansen instead.
|Left to right: Nails Inc. Chelsea Physic Garden, Nars Kutki, Sephora by OPI Havana Dreams, China Glaze Kinetic Candy, Chanel Riva|
Sephora by OPI's Havana Dreams is a soft, wintry blue and is the most sheer of the bunch. The formula can be a bit streaky, so it looks best with three coats. China Glaze's Kinetic Candy from last spring's Electropop collection is a lovely cloud blue with a hint of grey. Chanel's Riva is a semi-sheer baby blue with fine iridescent shimmer from the 2010 Cruise collection, Cote d'Azur.
|Left to right: China Glaze Kinetic Candy, Chanel Riva, Topshop Tidal, Julep Liz|
Topshop's Tidal is a sophisticated light blue creme that verges on grey. This is a nice, subdued shade that might appeal to those who normally shy away from brighter blues. Lastly, Julep's Liz is a pale pastel blue that is about as light as a blue can get without being mistaken for white. This is the first Julep polish I've ever purchased and I wasn't sure what to expect. I love the color, though, and look forward to giving it a try!
- Sally Hansen: Blue-Away
- OPI: What's With the Cattitude?
- Nails Inc.: Chelsea Physic Garden
- Nars: Kutki
- Sephora by OPI: Havana Dreams
- China Glaze: Kinetic Candy
- Chanel: Riva
- Topshop: Tidal
- Julep: Liz
|In full sunlight|
Do you have any light blue polish recommendations or other favorite shades you like to wear when spring arrives?