Swatches from left to right, starting from the thumb: Mistress, Pistachio Ice Cream, You're A Peach, Raspberry Crush and Viva Pink
Ciate Paint Pot in Mistress £9: is described as a classic pillar box red but I see it more of an orangey based red. It's the polish that narrowly missed out on winning the perfect red polish title, which I wrote about here .Nevertheless, the ease of application (all thanks to the thin, wide brush) and the wonderful formula deserves my praise. It applies smoothly and 2 coats in, you're done. No need for a top coat as it leaves a high shine finish.
MUA Nail Polish in Pistachio Ice Cream £1: Oh hai there Mint Candy Apple. Oh no wait. It's Pistachio Ice Cream but it looks like a pretty good dupe right? I still have to get my hands on a bottle of Mint Candy Apple ( it's 2013 Diane, get a move on and join the Essie lovin' bandwagon) but from the swatches I've seen online, they look pretty identical. It's a lovely fusion of cool toned baby blue and mint green. Combine the two and you'll get this pastel surf green. The streakiness during application doesn't come as a surprise, considering this polish will only set you back a mere £1. Add to that, the fact that it's a pastel shade. However, with patience, a steady hand and 3 perfectly applied coats, you'll achieve the perfect even finish.
Nails Inc in You're A Peach £11: I scream. You scream. We all scream for You're A Peach because this light peach number reminds me of an orange sherbet. And in this summer heat we're currently experiencing in Ireland, I wouldn't mind a countless supply of it to cool me down. But because I have yet to stumble upon an orange sherbet here, I'll settle for the polish. This shade is actually a limited edition. Nails Inc exclusively designed the shade as part of their collaboration with In Style magazine UK. But if this shade tickles your fancy, Wellington Square , another offering from Nails Inc looks like a great alternative. Application wise, it's a bit of an arse. It's not the easiest to apply due to its relatively thick consistency. It applies quite streaky but 3 coats in, the mess is covered.
Models Own Raspberry Crush £5: is a lovely blend of pink and red. This raspberry reddish pink is my polish of choice if I want to play matchy-matchy with my nails and lips. I personally love pairing it with Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Stellar as the shades are pretty similar to each other. Due to the rich formula of Raspberry Crush, it only takes 2 coats ( 2 strokes each) to reach opacity. It dries within minutes and leaves a lovely shine. A fail safe option when you're about to head for the beach and your boyfriend/ husband/ brother *insert any other companion here* is nagging you to hurry up.
Avon Nailwear Pro in Viva Pink £3- £6: You say summer, I say Viva Pink. This beautiful bright pink will always remain one of my all time favourite nail polish all year round but especially during the summer. I hailed it, the perfect summer nail polish last year but my love is here to stay folks. Why do I love it so much? It's not your average pink. It's slightly lighter than your average fuchsia and it's darker than your sweet bubblegum pink. It's bang in the middle. With the wide brush that spans out really well to cover the nail, you're done with 2 quick strokes. With 2 layers layered on, it's the perfect shade to team up with a tan. It's a suitable colour for fingers and toes. The excellent fuss free formula + semi glossy finish makes this a no brainer choice.
Nails Inc St James £11 : made a recent appearance on Slave to Vanity here hence why I decided not to include a swatch. A true classic pillar box red, it's not the most exciting choice of nail polish out there but due to its easy 1 coat wonder application and glossy creme finish, it made the cut.
So those are my top 6 summer ready nail polishes. Do any of them tickle your fancy? What's your favourite summer nail polish ?