August 23, 2013

Neutrals With A Twist

I love my teal, blue and purple polishes but sometimes there are events that call for something a little more subdued.  However, subdued doesn't have to be boring!  This is where the polish family I call "neutrals with a twist" comes into play.  These polishes feature colours that we associate that we associate with the  most neutral looks... nudes, beiges, tans, but they still have personality.  Here are four polishes that I think fit this category perfectly.

Alter Ego Nail Enamel C.P.A.

C.P.A. features a shimmery tan base full of microflakes that shift from green to pink.  In some lighting the shimmery tan is the dominant colour but in others the green flakes seem to glow.  Alter Ego Nail Enamel makes their polish base from scratch so the formula is different than most polishes.  It is a bit thicker and dries really quickly.  It also dries to a waxy finish so if you want a nice glossy sheen you just need to add a top coat.  The below photos show three coats of C.P.A. with one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat in natural sunlight.

Pahlish Beautiful Little Fool

Beautiful Little Fool is a nude creme base filled with gold glitter in a variety of shapes and sizes.  It was fully opaque after three coats but if you wanted you could get away with two.  I did find that this did dry a little rough so I used a thicker topcoat to smooth things out.  The creamy nude base is definitely the dominant colour in this polish but the gold glitter add some character.  Photos show three coats of Beautiful Little Fool with one coat of Gelous in natural sunlight.

HARE Polish King Of Carat Flowers

King Of Karat Flowers is probably a little more 'twist' than 'neutral' but I do think it still fits into this category becuase it has a base that falls somewhere between tan and grey.  It is packed with yellow, gold and lavender glitters in all a variety of shapes and sizes.  Despite all the glitter the formula was reasonably easy to work with and I didn't need to do any dabbing.  It took two coats to become opaque.  Even though there is a high concentration of glitter it doesn't give your nails that 'disco ball' look which also lends itself to the neutrals with a twist category.  Photos show two coats of King Of Carat Flowers with one coat of Gelous and one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat in natural sunlight.

Lucky 13 Lacquer Golden Snitch
Disclaimer:  This product was offered at a reduced price or at no charge to in exchange for published reviews.  All reviews are fair, honest and reflect my personal opinion. 

Golden snitch is a nude crelly base packed with golden shimmer and multiple sizes of gold hex glitter. You might be thinking to yourself that Golden Snitch looks a lot like Beautiful Little Fool, and in the bottle they do look very similar.  However, their formulas are quite different and they applied very differently.  Beautiful Little Fool is much creamier and has a less golden shimmer.  Golden Snitch is more sheer and more shimmery.  It applies evenly in a single coat so if you want an even more subtle look you can just use one coat to add a sheer shimmer to your nails.  I personally preferred the Lucky 13 Lacquer formula as it was a bit easier to apply and dried more smoothly.  Photos show three coats of Golden Snitch with one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat in natural sunlight.

There you have it.  Four polishes that blend in and stand out all a the same time.  If there's one that caught your eye check out the following sites to get some of your very own.

Which is your favorite neutral with a twist?


  1. Thank you so very much for your wonderful review! I appreciate your thoroughness, people need to know Alter Ego is a tad different than they are used to :) Your photos are amazing & your mani is perfect!

    1. You're welcome... I figured it was the least I could since I got it for free due to the shipping mix up (but your customer service was awesome!). You're welcome to use any of the pictures if you like as long as you leave my watermark in them. :)