Welcome to the first installment of the series of posts on my nail polish collection. I have 110 polishes at the moment and it would be too long a post to put it all in one. It took a long time for me to figure out a way to show you my collection but I finally got inspired by some Youtube videos where people decluttered their collections and went through their polishes by color category. I decided to do the same but in picture format instead of a video. While I was forming categories I noticed that some categories became rather big. This inspired me to do some decluttering while preparing for the collection posts. In the pictures below I will mark the polishes I’m getting out of my collection with a red X.
I will start with my glitter polishes. Why? you ask. Well, probably because it’s one of the biggest categories, if not the biggest. Here, I’m referring to glitter top coats; opaque glitter polishes will appear in their respective color category. This time last year I remember having a craving for glitter polishes but this year I feel I’m over glitter. Having said this, I couldn’t part with many of my glitters but baby steps are better than no steps at all.
So, let’s get started! First, here’s all of the glitter top coats gathered in a group photo.
There are fifteen glitter top coats in my collection. Now, let’s have a closer look at the bottles! First, OPI glitters:
OPI from left to right: Minnie Style, Bearest of Them All, Petal Soft, Pink Yet Lavender
I was surprised to find that I had as many as four OPI glitters in my collection. Just before starting to write this post I applied Minnie Style on my nails and found that there is a lot of the clear base in the bottle and not enough glitters. Although, it could be that there all settled at the bottom of the bottle and didn’t come up despite my shaking the bottle. I will still keep this, though, because I like the red glitters. I will not be keeping Bearest of Them All, however, even though it’s the newest of the OPI’s in my collection. In the time that I have owned the polish I have found it difficult to pair it with other colors. Also, the heart glitters in the polish are rather big and they stick out of the nail. When I look at the polish in the picture I am tempted to keep it but since I feel that I need to decrease the amount of the glitters I have and this being one of the most difficult to wear, I will have to part with it.
The next polish is Petal Soft. This glitter has a the same problem as Bearest of Them All in that the flower shaped glitters stick out when on the nail. This shade of glitter is much easier to pair with other colors so that is why it’s going to stay in my collection for now. The last OPI glitter I’m going to write about is, ironically, the first OPI glitter I ever bought, it is Pink Yet Lavender. I love this glitter, it goes with many colors and as you can see I have gotten good use out of it.
Orly Watch it Glitter, Orly Mermaid Tale, Essence Glorious Aquarius, Make up Store Asun
In this set I’m parting with Orly’s Watch it Glitter because it is the most difficult glitter to pair with other polishes. In the years I have owned it I have not found a combination I like, so that is why I’m finally letting go of this one. I have tried to part with this before but took it back to the collection only to find out that I still don’t know how to wear it. The other Orly polish in my collection is Mermaid Tale which I bought at the same time as the other one but this is much easier to wear. Why it looks like I have used Watch it Glitter more than Mermaid Tale I don’t know! Essence Glorious Aquarius is very similar to Mermaid Tale but it is a different color and a much smaller bottle. You may remember that I used up Asun by Make up Store earlier this year. I already had this back up bottle of it that I bought last year. The glitter in this bottle seems to like to settle much more quickly than in the previous bottle I had which annoys me a little but it is staying nevertheless.
Sally Hansen Princess Cut, Sinful Colors Nail Junkie, Essie A Cut Above, Gina Tricot Snow
Sally Hansen’s Princess Cut is the only flaky polish I have left. Before, I had up to three flaky polishes but I figured it’s pointless to own so many polishes that offer the same look. Princess Cut stayed because it was my favorite of the three. It definitely deserves much more love than it has gotten so far. Sinful Colors Nail Junkie appeared in the post about my favorite polishes even though this polish cannot be worn alone to achieve the look I love. On its own it’s is very sheer and it is kind of disappointing that the polish doesn’t look on the nail as it looks in the bottle. I put Essie’s Trophy Wife underneath Nail Junkie to get the look I love. Essie’s A Cut Above is similar to OPI’s Pink Yet Lavender but different enough to own them both (says the polish hoarder). While Pink Yet Lavender has multicolored and pink glitters in it, A Cut Above has all pink glitters in different sizes. Speaking of different sized glitters, Gina Tricot Snow has matte white glitters in different sizes in it and it is true to its name and looks like snow on the nail.
I Love This Glitter Polish Blue Glitter, H&M Free Your Mind, L’oreal Confettis
We are down to the last three glitter top coats in my collection! I think this I Love This Glitter Nail Polish in Blue Glitter was once a part of a project to use it up but I never got round to use it up. I have said this before but this polish smells really bad which makes me not want to use it. Also, there is not many ways you can use this and I’ve used them all, so it makes me want to part with the bottle. H&M’s Free Your Mind is a lovely mix of pastel colored glitters. Also, it’s a small bottle which is full of glitters, which in turn means it will be used up quickly (I think) because glitter pieces take up more room than polish does. Last but not least, is L’oreal’s Confettis. At one point I bought a back up of this as well but have since then gotten rid of it due to the fact that it will take some time to use up this bottle. And when I have used up this bottle, I will probably not want to use up another. It is a lovely glitter, don’t get me wrong, but even though you like a polish, doesn’t mean you cannot live without it once it is finished.
So I only got rid of three glitters, but that’s OK. I will take some of these bottles and make a point of using them this year and maybe finishing some of them.
I haven’t decided which category to tackle next but I still have time to think about that because I promised to show all the manicures I did with Mavala’s Velvet next. It should be up tomorrow