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9 Fab Summer Nail Polishes Pastels Need Not Apply ...

By Alison

Articles on nail polish invariably advise pale colours to wear with your summer outfits. I don’t agree. Why stick to insipid pastels when there are so many fabulous bright colours? Here are some...

1 NYX Purple Glitter

NYX Purple GlitterPrice: $1.99 at nonpareilboutique.com
I adore purple. Especially purple nail polish. If it’s glittery, even better. Wear it during the day, don’t save it for night! Be bold and sparkle …

2 Wet N Wild Caribbean Frost

Wet N Wild Caribbean FrostPrice: $1.29 at drugstore.com
This green is absolutely stunning. And what a bargain, at little more than a dollar! At this price you could change your nail polish as often as you change your socks (although changing your socks is a bit quicker).

3 Covergirl Queen Collection in Rhythmic Blue

Covergirl Queen Collection in Rhythmic BluePrice: $3.19 at drugstore.com
This unusual shade of blue is like a very deep aqua. The polish comes with an added bonus, as it is a 3-in-1 product. So you get base colour and topcoat in one little bottle, making it timesaving and perfect for trips.

4 MAC Imperial Splendor

MAC Imperial SplendorPrice: $12.00 at maccosmetics.com
I just can’t get enough of purple. Here’s a fab shade from the ever-dependable MAC, a lovely deep creamy violet. This would look stunning with a black dress – hey, who says you can’t wear black in summer? One to grab if you’re feeling a bit gothic.

5 Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Blue Creme

Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Blue CremePrice: $7.29 at drugstore.com
Fancy having a bit of fun with your polish? Use this product over any contrasting colour and turn your nails into a work of art.

6 Orly Nail Lacquer in Cherry Bomb

Orly Nail Lacquer in Cherry BombPrice: $7.50 at drugstore.com
Is it red? Is that a hint of orange? Do I see sparkle? This is unlike any red polish I’ve ever seen. Wouldn't it look fabulous on your toenails against your tanned skin?

7 Avon Nailwear Pro Enamel in Sunshine

Avon Nailwear Pro Enamel in SunshinePrice: $3.49 at shop.avon.com
Yes, it really is yellow. So if you’re feeling daring, go for this shade. Guaranteed to make you stand out from the crowd. Best saved for weekends if you’re a lawyer, teacher or banker.

8 OPI Nail Lacquer in Pompeii Purple

OPI Nail Lacquer in Pompeii PurplePrice: $8.00 at drugstore.com
Naming nail polishes seems to bring out the creative side of cosmetic companies more than any other product. I’d call this pink rather than purple – maybe it comes out stronger after a few coats – but either way, this polish is one for girly chicks. Definitely not pastel though.

9 OPI Nail Lacquer in Jade is the New Black

OPI Nail Lacquer in Jade is the New BlackPrice: $8.00 at nailpolishdiva.com
This colour treads a fine line between pastel and bold, but I’ve included it for being different from the usual pale palette. I love the name, too...

Could you see yourself wearing any of these bold hues this summer? And what colours can you recommend (remember, NO bland pastels!)?

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