Vegan and cruelty-free nail brand Nail Kind has become my go to for beautiful nail polish shades with an edge. This award-winning Danish brand has managed to combine gentle mineral and plant-based formulas with vibrant long lasting colour, and somehow offer shades that still look fresh, new and unique to them, regardless of the countless nail polish brands out there. Their spring 2022 colour palette titled Pastel Parade follows that same promise with a collection of 7 light and creamy shades. Perfect for embracing that long-awaited shift from winter to spring. Unfortunately this new collection isn’t stocked in Superdrug so you’ll need to the brand’s website to feast your eyes on these beauties.
Now that’s a colour that was missing from my 50-strong nail polish collection. A super pale pastel green shade that adds a touch of freshness to your look without it veering towards a wintery ice-cold colour. I’m thinking mint ice cream but a touch lighter, I reckon this looks great against all skin tones, seeing you right through from early spring to the summer months. A note on the size of nail enamel bottles: for someone like me who likes to sport a different nail shade every week, the smaller the bottle, the better. I think the only nail polishes I ever finished before the formula dried up were about 5ml, so this is probably the one beauty item where I’m in favour of mini sizes rather than refills to avoid waste. 8ml RRP £8.95
Buying colour cosmetics online still feels a bit of a gamble. Sure, things have come a long way since having to rely on tiny and approximative swatches, these little squares of colour that made you feel like you were going to end up with a paint by numbers clown face. Nowadays most sites offer tools to give you a really good idea of what will be turning up on your doorstep, and yet it can still go wrong: as much as I love this Fuzzy Peach shade, I don’t feel that the packshot on Nail Kind’s website does the colour justice. On screen it looks decidedly orange with just a hint of pink, whereas the actual shade – in the bottle and on nails – would be better described as pink with a strong hint of orange. It’s definitely more playful and interesting than a straight up pink nude, and brings a fruity vibe to your nails. 8ml RRP £8.95
This is probably the most versatile shade out of the three due to its ability to span not just the spring and summer seasons, but also winter. Paired with seasonal clothing you can accessorise it as a fresh springtime blue, a refreshing sorbet blue for the summer, or even an icy blue for the winter months with a fluffy white jumper. All of these shades require two coats for an opaque streak-free result, finished off with a topcoat for durability. Mine lasted a good 4 days looking immaculate before starting to chip. 8ml RRP £8.95
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