The 2014 World Cup may well be over for Nigeria’s Super Eagles, but that won’t stop us rocking the season’s hot new nail shade: green – a hue that’ll keep tips looking ripely on-trend for Spring/Summer’14, and – depending on the shade – ready for the office or the after work do.
Show your support for the boys and wear yours with pride – but not before seeing our list of the best green polishes to paint nails with, below;
One of the drawbacks of rich colour nail varnishes, is the fact that they aren’t always so smooth to apply. This polish by Butter London though, is a rich ‘hunter green’ that applies as smooth as the brand’s name (like butter), without leaving streaks. Be sure to use a good base coat though as it may stain nails under the sun…
2. Illamasqua’s Nail Polish in “Radium,” £14.50
A bright acid lime colour, this nail paint by Illamasqua is guaranteed to get you seen by your boo, from way across the stadium, too. We at SPICE love that it is really easy to apply and that the pigment is highly potent, because with one coat, there’s full colour that lasts for up to a week.
3. NARS’ “Night Porter” Nail Lacquer, £14.50
This sophisticated shade is a limited edition product from NARS, so you’d better grab one while you can. If you love black on your nails, you will love “Night Porter,” as it works as a super glossy alternative to full on black. This nail paint is also infused with UV protection, so it is just perfect for the season or if you’re heading out to watch the rest of the World compete in the games in Brazil.
4. Zoya’s “Holly” Nail Polish, $6.95
Jewellery is a woman’s best friend and emerald is one of the most flattering precious stones there is. So, since we can’t all afford the real deal, we’re opting for this luxurious emerald green nail polish, which applies smooth and is opaque with just one coat. #Priceless.
5. Essie’s “Pretty Edgy” Nail Lacquer, $8.50
We definitely can’t go hiking in the Amazon forests for fear of its wild animals, but we can rock this grass green polish by Essie via our manis, while wishing we could. It is exactly the colour of grass too, so perfect for the outdoorsy weather, or for reminding your man of the footie. A couple of coats is all you need.
6. OPI’s “Don’t Mess With OPI,” $8.35
A gorgeous green with a cream finish (that’s a finish that’s not matte but not quite gloss, either), this paint looks great on nails with just one coat, though a second coat is perfect. Don’t mess with a third layer though, as the consistency is quite a handful.
One has to be very patient with this pretty pastel shade by Maybelline, as it can be a bit of a beast to apply. But the effort is worth it, as you are guaranteed to rack up the compliments on your lovely mint polish look, which is uber girly and just great for days or nights out.
This duo-chrome shimmer nail polish from MAC boasts a variety of shades, but an overall sea-green effect is left on tips after just two even coats. Bursting with a bit of teal and purple, this will definitely have heads turning and your beauty look looking great.
9. Zoya’s Nail Polish in “Dillon,” $9
A mix of mint and metal, this must-have polish from Zoya has a cool metallic silver, shimmery finish that is exactly what you need this season, whether you’re heading out at night or into the office. The pastel shade may say ‘pretty’ but the metallic edge means business.
A little bit blue and a little bit green, this nail paint from Revlon is cool-toned, for that #JustChillin vibe. Wear for laid back eves out or poolside for a fresh, carefree look.
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