Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Top 2011 Polishes (and more!)

Every December I see other bloggers compose a list of their favorite polishes released that year, but I never do one myself. This year, I'm taking the plunge! I kept putting this off and putting this off, only doing part of the list and then saying I'd do it later. Then today I realized it's the last day of 2011. Uh, hello! I gotta get my act together! :D

This is actually going to be broken up into two lists:
    a.) my favorite polishes of 2011
    b.) polishes I didn't get to try out (but still really want to!) of 2011
A list of my favorite polishes of all time (some are newbies, some are polishes from days gone by) will be in a separate post.As a warning, this post is extremely picture-heavy!

In no particular order, I present to you Favorite Polishes from 2011:

2. OPI Play the Peonies of the Nice Stems! Collection
Guys, I am absolutely smitten with this delicate, pale pink pearly nail polish. It's so girly and sophisticated. I have a back up of it, but I think I might get another one, just in case!

3. Color Club Ultra-Astral of the Starry Temptress Collection
While I still don't understand the name, I love the jelly-creme base and how the glitter looks suspended in multiple layers. Definitely looks starry and outerspace-y to me!

4. OPI Step Right Up! of the Femme de Cirque SoftShades Collection
This delicate pink is so classy and, I love the squishy texture!

5. Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid of the Inaugural Collection
Described as "gravender," this color is both juicy-looking and muted. And, it dries shiny. It was one of the first polishes Cult Nails put out and I was beyond impressed. As you'll see below in my list of polishes that escaped me this year, there are some more Cult Nails polishes that I have to have!

6. Nicole by OPI It's All About the Glam of the Kardashian Kolors Kollection
I love me some white polishes, especially this one. It twinkles in the light like bright, clean snow in the sun. I'm definitely going to be wearing this one a lot in 2012!

7. Zoya Rica of the Sunshine Collection
I was on the hunt for a polish just like this one (some of you may remember) and I couldn't be happier with Zoya Rica. I wear it all the time, even in the winter, because it makes me so happy to look at!

8. OPI Crown Me Already! of the Miss Universe by OPI Collection
This glitterbomb is actually my New Year's Eve manicure. I love the mix of glitter and small and large hexagon pieces. Very bling-y and flashy!

9. OPI Come to Poppy of the Nice Stems! Collection
Yes, another color from the Nice Stems! Collection. This coral color is smooth and shimmery, and it's fun without being too loud.

10. Nicole by OPI Kim-pletely in Love of the Kardashian Kolors Kollection
If only I had a better picture of this color! It's so much more than a pale pink--the blue, green, and purple flashes make it cool.

3. OPI Be A Dahlia Won't You? of the Nice Stems! Collection
Yep, a third polish from the Nice Stems! Collection. The fruit punch-colored base pops with the blue flashes of color. I rocked this polish all summer, especially on my toes!

11. OPI Pros & Bronze of the Serena Williams Glam Slam! U.S. Open Collection
This peach and pink combo was an unexpected win for me! The gold pieces make it warm-looking, which I love.

12.Nicole by OPI Ornament For Each Other of the Holiday Glitters Collection
This red glitter was super fun for the holidays. Like Pros & Bronze, the gold sparkles made it look warm.

13. Nicole by OPI Kendall on the Katwalk of the Kardashian Kolors Kollection
Blue, purple, and green look so nice in this blue base. It really sparkles in the sun.

14.OPI Animal-istic of the Muppets Collection
One of my favorites of the Muppets Collection, because it has that glow-y look, like there's light coming from underneath it.

So those are my favorite polishes that came out in 2011! Trend-wise, I noticed that there are a LOT of pinks, with some glitters, too. Also, a majority of them were OPI. I've always loved OPI, but this year I feel like they really did some awesome collections and colors, as evident by my list!

There are some polishes that I loved in swatches, but haven't had the chance to try yet. So, a list of my 2011 Lemmings:
- Butter London The Black Knight
- Color Club Holiday Splendor
- Essie Shine of the Times
- a-England Tristam
- FingerPaints Asylum
- Lippmann Collection Candy Shop
- Zoya Kristen

I'm sure there are more, but those are the main ones!
some products sent for review. see disclosure policy for more information.


  1. It's so good I am blown away!

  2. These polishes look great very pretty indeed!!!


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