Today’s post is part two of my August Empties, and if you haven’t read part one yet, you can check that out here. In this post I’m focusing on nail polishes as I reached a point a few weeks ago where I realised nail polishes are not for me.
I initially started out testing out the formulas of these polishes and was quickly reminded that I’m not a fan of the feeling of nail polishes so I’ve decided to just get rid of all of them. I did talk to mum to warn her I’d be sending the fresh ones her way, but she told me not to bother as she’s using a UV lamp and nail polishes now, so she has very little need for more conventional nail polishes anymore. I do intend to talk through these in detail though as there was a time when I did like nail polishes, so I want to talk through my mindset from back then.
If you happen to be someone who likes wearing nail polishes, this by no means a judgment on you for liking them, but my personal tastes have changed over the years and I prefer to be a bit lower maintenance in certain aspects of my beauty routine. My nails happens to be one of those things, but if you enjoy wearing nail polish, by no means is this a comment on your personal preferences. I simply don’t perceive a valid reason for me personally to hold on to all of these and it’ll be a relief to get rid of these.
So the first section I’m going to get out of the way is the ‘tools’ section. For nail polish remover, I just used the Superdrug Nail Polish Remover, which was an acetone free formula. It works fine, and true to its description on the bottle, I found this to be gentle for my skin. I don’t have a lot to say about it, and this is about halfway used up, so I don’t feel bad throwing this out.
One nail polish tool I owned was The Body Shop with a Draw the Lines and Draw the Dots nail decorating ends. I can’t find the product on their website anymore for the full official name, but it’s basically a nail polish decorating tool if you want to make customised designs. I was initially inspired by Bubzbeauty’s old nail polish design videos, and many of my nail polish colours were inspired by wanting to create those designs on my own nails back in the day. I never ended up using this as I’m so low maintenance with my nails, but this was an affordable tool at the time.
The first nail polishes I want to talk about are the ones I reached for the most, the first being the Seventeen Nail Xtras Strengthening Base Coat. This is easily the nail polish I used the most as either a base coat as intended, or just on its own to add a subtle sheen to my nails. This is the only nail polish I’d consider keeping but I’d rather just repurchase this for a special occasion than hang on to it not knowing if I’ll use it again before it goes bad.
I occasionally remembered to use my 17 Nail Xtras Double Gloss Top Coat, but it often sat unused as I preferred to get my nails done and over with rather than sit around waiting for the first colour to dry to then apply this on top. It did do its job well though, but I’m simply too lazy and impatient to give this the attention it deserves.
One other nail polish I liked to keep nearby was the Rimmel Finishing Touch Glitter Top Coat, and was nice for adding some shimmer to nail polishes that didn’t have any of their own. It was really subtle on its own, but a bit more glam-factor to it than my base coat, so it was another nail polish I liked to keep around for similar reasons.
Moving to the red colour family, it’s clear I had a love for burgundy shades. A true red I enjoyed a lot was the Max Factor Infinity Nail Polish in the shade ‘549 Red Passion‘. This is a colour that’s quite out-there for my personality and tastes, but it was a really tasteful shade and added a fun pop of colour to the nails no matter the time of year, so I would include this in my ‘popularly reached for’ category. This is the small sized bottle, which honestly, I would have done for all nail polishes if they were available. I don’t work through nail polishes, clearly, but this size is much better suited for someone like me.
The first darker red is the NYC Quick Dry Nail Polish in the shade ‘228 Chelsea‘. This is a pretty colour with some shimmer in the formula, and not quite as vampy looking as the next two shades I’m going to talk about. I can’t recall specifically if the ‘quick dry’ part of the name is true, but I did pick up other shades from this line that were previously in my collection but have been decluttered already.
Two dark burgundy shades are the Nails Inc Glamour Nail Polish in the shade ‘Hanover Square‘ and 17 Supreme Shine Nail Polish in the shade ‘Spiced Plum‘. Of the two, the 17 nail polish was the one I reached for the most, and was an absolutely gorgeous shade even against my pale skin. On my pale skin it had a slightly more vampy vibe to it, but it a great autumn or winter shade if you wanted something dark and intense.
I’m going to talk about the blue and purple colour families now, and starting off with the Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish in the shade ‘677 Blackout‘. I’m not crazy about black nail polishes, but I wanted to have at least one, and back when I bought this, I watched a lot of YouTube videos and read a lot of blog posts vouching for Maybelline’s formula. I’ve used it a couple of times and liked it, but I didn’t use this shade as often as I thought I would, mostly for a lack of self confidence to rock such a dark colour against my super pale skin.
One of the first nail polishes I bought is the 17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish in the shade ‘Midnight Sapphire‘. I don’t wear blue makeup often as it doesn’t look quite right on me, but blue nail polishes do work for me, and this was a much loved shade for me back in the day.
With purple being my favourite colour, the Tanya Burr Nail Polish in the shade ‘Midnight Sparkles‘ was right up my alley. Dark purples are my ideal shade so I was really eager to use this, but this was around the time I ended up collecting nail polishes but rarely actually using them.
One more purple shade is the Rimmel Velvet Matte Nail Polish in the shade ‘014 Sumptuous Red‘. The shade name is a bit odd, in my opinion, but it is a red-toned purple. I was drawn in by the matte formula, although it was already starting to separate when I bought it so I think I was just unfortunate in that regard, so I don’t feel like I can talk about the formula too much without being potentially mistaken.
Next is the green colour family and some random colours I wasn’t sure how to sort, starting with the Seventeen Gel Colour Nail Polish in the shade ‘Emerald Tropics‘ and was a shade I picked up during the summer time a few years ago with the intention of making full use of it throughout the summer months. This sort of happened, but not enough to use up the bottle entirely. The shade is very bright and fun, but a little bit daunting for me against my pale skin.
As someone who prefers the darker, more rich shades, two Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polishes I kept in my collection were the shades ‘361 Acid House‘ and ‘544 Bewitch‘. From the photo you might be thinking “what’s the difference?” which is a very valid question, and the answer is simply that one is shimmery (the former) and the other is matte (the latter). If I had to pick between them, I’d pick Bewitch because I prefer matte formulas.
Moving into the first random shade is the Collection Field Day Nail Polish from the Field Day line, in the shade ‘1 Heather‘. It’s a pretty lilac-toned grey, and was a surprising addition to the spring-themed line. It’s a nice enough nail polish and while you might disagree with me, I like that the bottle is much smaller.
And lastly for this section is the Seventeen Gel Colour Nail Polish in the shade ‘Razberrito‘. I had the same mindset in mind when I bought this one as I did with ‘Emerald Tropics‘ except I used this shade a lot less. It’s much bright and cooler toned pink than my photo suggests and I’m not a big fan of pinks. At the time though I was looking to be experimental though and I can’t bring myself to regret it.
The last two sections are purely nail-topper types, with the first section being Rimmel exclusively. I’m not sure what I was thinking, but I ended up collecting most of the glitter-toppers from the Precious Stones, Glitter Bombs and Cocktail Colour lines, as well the Pop Art! nail polish that you see at the end.
So in order, the shades are ‘002 Ruby Crush‘, ‘021 Bedazzle‘, ‘020 Midnight Mistletoe‘, ‘110 Baby Bellini‘, ‘140 Hawaiian Punch‘ and the Pop Art! Top Coat.
In hindsight, part of me wants to face palm knowing I would never have used these up, and I didn’t use any of them because I’m too low maintenance for these kinds of top coats. As you can probably tell, a few of these have very visibly started to separate, so I knew this was a section that was being thrown out without question.
The last of the glitter top coats start with the Maybelline Color Show Be Brilliant Nail Polishes, in the shades ‘421 Purple Dazzle‘ and ‘420 Skyline Blue‘. I loved the idea of purple and blue top coats but of course, never used them.
The same logic applies to the NYC Crystal Couture Glitter Nail Polish in the shade ‘014 Blue Majesty‘. This looks closer to more conventional nail polish formulas, but it has just enough glitter to the formula that I sorted it into this section.
And this is my ex-nail polish collection that I’m going to be getting rid of. A lot of these products were very well-loved back when I had the habit of using them, so I can part with a lot of these knowing I appreciated them. I do feel a bit wasteful because of the top coats but there’s nothing I can do about it now. I am grateful I learned now that nail polishes aren’t my thing anymore, so I’m going to take that lesson away with me.
Thank you for taking the time to read this very long post, I have two more parts to come, but this is the largest chunk. I can’t express my gratitude enough for your patience and support. I hope you are happy and healthy and I’ll speak to you again soon.