It feels like ages since I’ve posted about nail polish! Heck, it feels like months since I last wore it. My travel schedule has been hectic lately and I’ve had zip zero zilch time to change my polish, so I’ve been switching between quick visits to the salon for long-wearing gel polish and otherwise keeping my claws trimmed and bare.
A preemptive apology for the gross state of my fingers in this post; who knew that slacking off on hand cream, cuticle oil and everything else for a month would lead to hella washerwoman hands? Not me, clearly.
So! Onto the nail polish. I’ve been looking forward to the new(ish) Jessica Coral Symphony nail collection for a while now, ever since seeing it pop up on a few American nail blogs earlier this year. It caught my eye because it felt ultra fresh and Spring-y, obviously, but I also liked it because it’s a simple and to the point nail collection. No glitters, no special effects, no frills and no fuss: just six pretty cremes that are pastel without being washed out, bright without being neon.
The nicest thing about these colours is that they all strike a perfect balance between being colourful and muted. It’s like they’ve started with a bright colourful polish, then mixed them down with just enough white pigment to pull down the brightness without sacrificing colour.
Monsoon Melon is a clean cantaloupe/rockmelon orange polish that leans slightly cool in tone. I used two coats for full coverage. Normally oranges a hit and miss on my cool toned fair skin, but there’s a weighty shot of white pigment in this polish that helps the colour to flatteringly ‘pop’ against my skin.
Sometimes you just need a pretty musk pink creme nail, right? Conch Shell is exactly that: a slightly cool pink that reminds me of tropical pink lilies. I used two thin coats to achieve a flawless finish.
Ocean Bloom is an orchid purple creme that I loved. I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did, but Ocean Bloom turned out to be far and away my favourite polish in the collection. There’s just something indescribably neat about it: it’s a great pop of colour that’s bright without being garish, and the pink undertone helps to keep it more summery and fresh. I used two thin coats for perfect coverage.
Sharktooth is a classic crisp white creme. The formula on this was outstanding: white nail polishes can be a streaky nightmare to apply, but this flowed like a dream and was completely opaque and smooth in two thin coats. I have a surprisingly large collection of white nail polishes for some reason (i.e. I’m a sucker for a good crisp white nail) and this is easily up there as one of top three fave stark white lacquers.
Starfish Glow is a warm yellow-based pink creme that needed only one medium coat for full coverage. I wasn’t wild about this pink against my skintone – the polish itself is lovely, but this particular style of medium yellow-based pink seems to always go a little muddy against my skin unless it has a lot of white pigment to cut through the colour.
Tropical Sunset is a gorgeous orange-based coral creme. Talk about a killer pedi colour! It needed two thin coats for full coverage, and required a teeny bit of finessing to get the colour absolutely even.
As always I’m impressed by Jessica nail polishes – no matter the collection there’s always a colour that really grabs my attention, or a polish that stands out by a particularly outstanding application. Coral Symphony is my platonic ideal of a good wearable nail collection: it’s not particularly groundbreaking or unique, but every single polish is wearable and attractive and, importantly, they’re not flash in the pan microtrend colours. A good coral is timeless and a solid pink will be wearable forever, you know?
Pretty, pretty, pretty.
These items were kindly provided to swatchgirl.com.