This is a post that I've been meaning to do forever and I finally got around to doing it! I was going to pick ten, but I couldn't quite narrow it down. If watching 5 minutes of me rambling about nail polish is your thing then make sure you take a look at my video below. Otherwise, scroll on down for swatches. I've also listed some potential dupes for the higher end polishes.
OPI Tickle My Francey
This is my absolute favourite nude. It has enough purple and pink in it so it doesn't wash me out.
This is a gorgeous metallic colour. It's described as rose gold but I see it as silver with a lot of copper shimmer. It goes with everything and really stands out for a glamorous mani.
This polish is nothing special in the bottle but once you apply it to your nails it really shines. It's the perfect taupe shade, perfect for everyday. This one is part of the permanent collection.
Potential dupes: OPI Over The Taupe, Essie Mink Muffs.
This polish came out in the Fall 2011 collection but you can still buy it at counters. Quartz is the perfect shimmery taupe shade (like a shimmery version of Particuliere), it has a bunch of different coloured shimmers. This is another neutral polish which is something a little different.
Potential dupe: Illamasqua Bacterium.
Hello Darling Let Them Eat Cake.
I have spoken about this quite a lot on the blog, so if you want to read more then head over to my review (here).
OPI Lucky Lavender
This is a super pretty pinky purple, a super sweet polish.
Chanel Nouvelle Vague
This one is from the 2010 Summer collection. My number 1 all time favourite polish, but sadly it's no longer available (unless you feel like spending $100 on a nail polish, eBay can help you out with that). However, China Glaze's For Audrey is a great dupe. However, Nouvelle Vague has a tiny amount of shimmer running through it which For Audrey lacks. In the swatch I have Nouvelle Vague on my index and middle finger, For Audrey on my ring and pinkie.
Potential dupe: China Glaze For Audrey.
Chanel Orange Fizz
This was one of the very first Chanel polishes I ever purchased and I still love it. This one is from the permanent collection. This coral colour is easily dupeable though, as most companies have a similar coral shade.
Potential dupes: Essie Carousel Coral, Sally Hansen Apricot, Essence What Do U Think, Rimmel Apricot Punch.
Mecca Cosmetica Audrey
This polish is so so so so so gorgeous. If you want to hear me rave about it some more, see my review here.
I think that a deep red or purple like this is a staple in any collection. Here I have Trend Spotting on my index and middle finger and Bodacia on my ring and pinkie.
I hate to mention this polish because it's troublesome. I absolutely love the colour, but the formula is pretty terrible. I can only get a day or two out of this before it chips like crazy. Here is my review
Chanel Black Pearl
This is a deep blackened green with subtle shimmer. This was originally in the Spring 2011 collection but you can still get it. Super gorgeous and L'Oreal has a really great dupe, Luxembourg Garden.
Peridot is another polish from the Fall 2011 collection. I actually purchased the third one also, Graphite, but it wasn't for me so I no longer have it. This is a super unique shade, but lucky for you, OPI has a dupe: Just Spotted The Lizard. This polish is amazing, it has a bunch of different colours in and changes depending on the lighting.