Still a nail polish newbie? Here’s good news: Nail lacquer brands just keep the new shades coming! Here, we swatch and review the best new hues to make it much easier for you to find your perfect product match. Read on to learn more.
The New Shades of Gray
Inspired by the steamy book and its film adaptation, the OPI x Fifty Shades of Grey Collection
features five different shades of gray nail lacquer (nope, not 50) and a rich, red polish.
Cement the Deal is a very wearable pale gray shade with a tinge of blue.
Embrace the Gray is an opaque mid-toned gray lacquer that provides drama, without looking too severe.
My Silk Tie is a gleaming silver shade that reminds us of how we imagine Mr. Grey’s silk tie would look like in real life.
Shine for Me is a deep silver, glittery polish that can serve as a great topcoat.
Dark Side of the Mood is a charcoal gray polish that’s a perfect alternative to black.
Romantically Involved is a classic red polish with a cool undertone.
OPI x Fifty Shades of Grey Mini Set, P895; Regular-sized bottles, P645 each.
OPI is available at Rustan’s Shangri-La, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Alabang Town Center, and Essenses Power Plant Mall.
The Cool Kids
Shades of blue, green, and purple are calming to look at. Try this trick: When you’ve been staring at your computer screen for a while, take a mini-break, and just look at your cool-hued digits. That’s guaranteed to relax your eyes.
L’Oreal Paris Le Vernis in Divine Indigo is an intense indigo shade that perfectly compliments outfits in neutral, mettalic, and blue hues.
Ciaté Nail Polish in Mineral Clarity is a deep blue textured polish that will dress up your digits in a pinch.
L’Oreal Paris Le Vernis in Blue Reef is a glossy teal hue that will remind you of the azure waters of virgin beaches.
Ciaté Mini Nail Polish, P349.95; L’Oreal Le Vernis, P199
Ciaté is available at SM Makati. L’Oreal is available at department stores.
The New Romantics
If you’re looking for shades that show off your femininity, vampy hues, pastel colors, and nude shades are your best bets.
Ciaté Nail Polish in Silhouette is a vampy Marsala polish with gold micro-particles. It switches its tone from red to copper depending on how the light hits it.
Sally Hansen Triple Shine in Drama Sheen is an iridescent lilac lacquer that adds a playful touch to your digits.
Clinique Nail Enamel in Pajama Party is a neutral, peachy nude shade that’s great for everyday use.
Ciaté Mini Nail Polish, P349.95; Sally Hansen Triple Shine, P315; Clinique Nail Enamel, P820
Ciaté is available at SM Makati. Sally Hansen is available at department stores. Clinique is available at Rustan’s Shangri-La, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Alabang Town Center, SM Aura, and SM Mall of Asia.