Wednesday, December 30, 2015

My Top 25 Polishes of 2015

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Hi everyone! You probably noticed that my blog has been a bit quiet for the last couple of weeks. I've been busy with family and holiday stuff but I will be (hopefully) be back to regular posting soon. For today I have the requisite end of year Best of List to share. 

I didn't have any particular requirement except that it had to have been released in the year 2015. There were SO MANY great polishes this year, I initially started out with over 50 polishes and then narrowed it down (not so easily I might add!) to 25. This was a year that I tried a lot of both new and new-to-me indie brands. I also didn't buy that many mainstream polishes, almost none since summer collections, come on mainstream brands, you need to step up! I did also say goodbye to one brand for personal reasons (Elevation Polish). Other friendships and brand/blogger relationships got stronger. Overall it was a good year and I am excited to see what 2016 will bring. 

Side note, I took a cue from Valesha of Peachy Polish and am doing a "Why this made my list" thing. And these are in alphabetical order.

Chaos & Crocodiles Narwhals Love Donuts 
Part of my Top 25 because:
The color! It's such a light shade of pink, which I don't think I have a holo color exactly like this. 


China Glaze Dashboard Dreamer
Part of my Top 25 because:
China Glaze didn't call out to me that much this year with the exception of their Road Trip Collection and this one was my favorite of the set, with it's subtle copper shimmer and dreamy blue color. 


Crows Toes The Holographic Principle
Part of my Top 25 because:
A "DAMN THAT'S HOLO" type of holo and the slightly lavender tint to the silver.


Crows Toes Wheeler's Bag of Gold
Part of my Top 25 because:
Seriously bold gold glitter/flake/shimmer bomb.


Cupcake Polish Berry Good Looking
Part of my Top 25 because:
You will likely see this on more than a few lists this year but for good reason. It's got that amazing blue flash and such a great glowing shade of purple. 


Cupcake Polish Blood Hound
Part of my Top 25 because:
Another vampy holo from Cupcake because she does them so well!


Darling Diva Polish Game Over, Man!
Part of my Top 25 because:
First of all, it's red. But also because of those holo flakes that sparkle through the cherry red polish. 


Darling Diva Polish Taste Out Pleasures
Part of my Top 25 because:
One of those polishes that you can't take your eyes off, with that specific shade of orange toned red and that combination of ultra-chrome flakes. 


Different Dimension Retrograde
Part of my Top 25 because:
Because Different Dimension creates some of the best formula holographic and it was hard to choose a color but this one was so unique among my collection.


Different Dimension Star Stream
Part of my Top 25 because:
I loved the metallic Dream Team trio but this silver number was perfection.


Digital Nails You Said It, Man
Part of my Top 25 because:
So many reasons! The Big Lebowski inspiration/reference, the wonderful application and the saturated magenta color, all making this a no-brainer for me.


Emily de Molly Modern Luster
Part of my Top 25 because:
My Emily de Molly collection grew quite a bit this year, thanks their US shipping hub. This pink and gold polish was an instant draw for me and even more a winner when I put it on. 


Essie Garden Variety
Part of my Top 25 because:
Essie was the only mainstream brand that I bought full collections of this year, their Flowerista Collection was such a great one, with Garden Variety being my favorite. 


Fair Maiden Polish Masquerade
Part of my Top 25 because:
I went back and forth between this and The Archeress from their Swords and Lace Collection but in the end, this cerulean blue was too pretty to not include here. 


Femme Fatale Love's Wound
Part of my Top 25 because:
Another gold and pink color combination but this is a much cooler toned pink and pretty freaking amazing to wear. 


Girly Bits I am Calm!
Part of my Top 25 because:
Because despite the deep, dark, vampy burgundy polishes I already own, this felt fresh and is just a beautiful polish.


Great Lakes Lacquer Thanksgiving Bay
Part of my Top 25 because:
Great Lakes Lacquer is a newer brand but really hit the market in a strong way with some amazing polishes. My favorite was this monthly limited edition with it's beautiful blue shimmer. 


Hare Polish I'm Your National Anthem
Part of my Top 25 because:
Those ultra-chrome flakes! They are stunning in this cherry bomb of a magenta red. 


Hare Polish The Swan Station
Part of my Top 25 because:
Because the soft peach toned white with the silver flakes is something I didn't even know I wanted until I saw it. That's basically all my Hare Polishes though. 


Indigo Bananas Volcanic Corruption
Part of my Top 25 because:
Because RED, like I need a reason lol. 


Lollipop Posse Lacquer This Fruit Was Bruised
Part of my Top 25 because:
Another new brand in 2015 and whom I am excited to know what's next. This polish is exactly like it's name, a bruised purple holo that is fantastic in the sun. 


Pahlish Bespoke Batch Blood of the Mountain II
Part of my Top 25 because:
Choosing just from my 2015 Pahlishes was a task of it's own! I ended up picking just two, this is one of their recent Black Friday releases and I LOVE the updated version of this beloved release. 


Pahlish Sailing the Hispaniola
Part of my Top 25 because:
Cobalt blue is one of my (many) weakness colors and to have a holo version is pretty darn awesome.


Polish My Life The Alps
Part of my Top 25 because:
A beautiful nude is a polish necessity and I was on the hunt for a new one when this landed in my review pile. Perfect formula and self leveling and a neutral shade I can always pull out.


Scofflaw Nail Varnish Goldstone
Part of my Top 25 because:
Last but not least is this burnt orange beauty from Scofflaw. The shimmer is delicious aganist that gorgeous orange color. 



11 comments:

  1. Some really nice picks for your favorites in 2015! Its fun seeing all these top polishes from bloggers.

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  2. I want EVERY SINGLE ONE on your list! It hurts! I love your swatches Ida! :)

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  3. Well damn. I need every single one. Great choices, and I am honoured to be mentioned among such an amazing collection of favourites.

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    1. Thanks lady! I am honoured that you chose to work with me this year!

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  4. Well damn. I need every single one. Great choices, and I am honoured to be mentioned among such an amazing collection of favourites.

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  5. I am really glad I found your blog this year Ida! Love your nails and swatches and I love reading what you have to say about polish :)

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    1. Oh thank you Kellie! As a long time reader and follower of your blog, that means a lot.

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  6. So many beautiful picks! I'll take one of each please. lol One of my top favorites is the Cupcake Polish. Such a gorgeous purple! Thanks for the fun round-up!

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    1. LOL, I will send those right away ;) Thank you Natalie!

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