Middle Aged Beauty Queen

On Trend for Spring 2014 ~ 5 Nudes

Posted on: February 27, 2014

Spring 2014 is all about the nudes on our nails, (or pastels with a pop of color, stay tuned for that!)
I’m happy about the trend for nude or beige nail polish this Spring. I think it’s a color that works for every one, the trick is finding the one, or five, that go with your skin tone. The five I have chosen go with my skin, which has a pink or blue undertone. If you have more yellow in your skin tone there are plenty of those, as well.

Starting with my thumb:
butter LONDON Yummy Mummy is a great nude that works for all occasions. This is the darkest of my picks, yet still light enough to be considered a nude or a beige. There is the smallest amount of sheen in the bottle which does not transfer to the nail. The finished product is a straight up cream finish, which is my favorite. Coverage and formula are great. I could have gotten by with one coat on this one, but all the nails are painted with two coats and a top coat of Seche-Vite. butter LONDON is one of my favorite brands of nail polish. So far, I have not been disappointed by a color or the formula. At $15 a bottle I expect as much. (BL often has great sales, right now they are selling discontinued colors for half price. Check their website and Nordstrom’s).
Pointer finger:
Nails, Inc. Porchester Square – Gel Effect Polish has a bit of gray to it, but I still consider this a nude, or neutral color. I would most definetly wear this to a job interview. Again, the coverage was great and I could have used only one coat. The formula is perfect, easy to work with. I did not notice a difference for the “gel effect polish”. On the cap it says: with Placticiser Technology, No UV needed. I am in the dark as to what Plasticiser Technology actually means and I’m not sure about the No UV needed. I know what UV indicates but I’ve yet to “need” a UV where any of my nail polish is concerned. Does this mean I “need” UV with my other Nails, Inc brand polish?
I found Nails, Inc on sale in the clearance section of QVC on-line. They had different sets on sale. Some were a set of 4 or 3. QVC also offered a set of 6 mini bottles. I don’t remember what I paid, but I can tell you it was a bargain. Nails, Inc. is also sold at Sephora.
Middle finger:
Essie Sand Tropez is, for me, the perfect nude/beige. I think everyone needs this color in their collection. Sand Tropez makes a great base for those bright, neon colors to pop, or to cover VNL with a more sheer polish. Most of you know I am no fan of Essie brand nail polish, the formula is so inconsistent you just never know. The formula for Sand Tropez is normal. Even with 2 coats there was still some streaking but the Seche-Vite took care of that.
Essie brand nail polish is $8 and available at most drug stores like Walgreen’s, K Mart or Amazon.com

Ring finger:
Deborah Lippmann Naked has more of a yellow or tan base to it than anyof the others but not so much that I can’t wear it. Naked is another one of those nail polishes I think everyone should have, for the same reasons as the Essie. Deborah Lippmann brand is more expensive, $18-20, but the quality is there. The formula, the brush and the bottle are all designed to make polishing your nails easy. To me, it is worth the extra money for such a nice polish. I only have a few bottles, but looking at them it is clear that they are a favorite as most of the bottles have been used at least by half. (I do have one DL un-tried, Mermaids Tears)
Deborah Lippmann can be found at Nordstrom. Once in a while Nordstrom will have DL on sale, buy 2, get 1.
Pinky finger:
Estée Lauder Porcelain is more of a creamy white polish than a nude or beige. It is also a good one to use as underwear to make colors pop. Estée Lauder nail polish is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I don’t own too many but the ones I do have are all very nice. One reason I like Estée Lauder so much is they come out with colors that are so different from what I already own. Porcelain needed every bit of the 2 coats, and probably needed a 3rd coat, and also needed extra dry time, which was key in getting it just right. For a full manicure of Porcelain I will do 3 thin coats, letting each coat dry completely and it will be beautiful.
Estée Lauder is available at Nordstrom and Macy’s retailing for $20. I have not seen EL nail polish offered on sale.

I wore this polish for almost 3 days. The only 2 that showed signs of tip wear? The Essie and Nails, Inc. Since I have been house bound 😧 and don’t really do anything, I was surprised by this. Especially the Nails, Inc, what with its gel effect and all. 😱
I consider all these polishes to be neutral enough to wear to a job interview, or any where you do not want to be self conscious of your nails.
What do you think of the nude/neutral nail trend for this Spring? Are you on board or skipping? Let me know!

💅 As always, thanks for stopping by!

🌸 🌸 Other trends for Spring 2014, and going forward into Fall are pastels or a pop of color. Next week I have some choices for you in that department. One thing I’ve noticed since Fashion Week(s) is the textured look seems to be waning. YAY! Not to say it is going away completely, but that is one look I could not get behind.

4 Responses to "On Trend for Spring 2014 ~ 5 Nudes"

I agree with you that nude shades a a trend one can hardly escape. My personal favourite is Sand Tropez, which is my perfect nude. As for Estée Lauder, Porcelaine makes me curious. So far, I have only tried Metallic Sage by this brand, but you are right that their formula is awesome. Moreover, your post reminds me that I should give Yummy Mummy a try, not only for its sweet name.


You would not be sorry with Yummy Mummy! A perfect accompaniment is All Hail the Queen. Pretty much the same color as YM but with sparkle. 🌟


Thank you Judi. As you may know, I love All Hail the Queen, not only for its pretty sparkle, but also because for its nude base. 🙂


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