One of the problems that comes with being a nail polish nerd is finding colors that you love, but that can also lean more grown-up. Don’t get me wrong, I would still rock a neon purple jelly with black bar glitter and silver sparkles, but sometimes you need something that is a little more office appropriate.
Our latest indie favorite has just such colors for your dilemma; chock full of microglitter with nary a creme or jelly in sight, the Shimmer Polish line is heavy on the shimmery and shiny. However, shiny does not always have to mean adolescent, the following polishes could work with your LBD or your power suit.
First up, Katherine ($12) may not be officially named after the elegant Katharine Hepburn, but this is a color I could easily see her wearing. A bronze glitter, Katherine sparkles with warmth. Ms. Katherine wears well and is not at all chunky; I was able to just wear a topcoat to smooth out to a mirror shine.
Rochelle ($12), a berry base with pink and gold glitter, is a lovely sister to Katherine. This beauty applied smoothly and was barely bumpy, despite being so full of glitter that I only needed two coats! I once had a necklace that was rose gold and Rochelle reminds me of it—feminine, shiny and gorgeous.
Described as a “red mixture with black and silver glitter”, Mary ($12) is a stunner, and the loudest of my “subtle” picks. Despite the red description, my two coats came across as a bright, almost neon, pink! More coats would deepen the color, but I really love the fun and flirty hue, with the black and silver to temper it and keep the polish from being too wild.
If Mary is still too bright for you, it would look great as a top coat over a complementary shade that tones down the red/pink base. The silver glitter appears to be holographic, so occasionally Mary will flash a hint of purple or blue, making this color even more multi-dimensional and despite the bigger glitter, I only used a top coat to smooth it out.
I will admit, maybe my idea of grown-up or subtle is a little more flexible than most. But hey, you’re wearing glitter, so you’re not truly looking for Mom nails. Plus, you’re a wht reader – you gotta bend the rules a little bit, you wild woman you. (Just don’t let HR catch you.)
I have a ton more Shimmer Polish to show you in the coming months, and these three are just a glimpse of what’s to come. I’m a huge fan, and cannot wait to show our readers more glitterbombs and pure sparkle!
Readers – What is your favorite office manicure? And would you rock a glitter mani at your 9 to 5?
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Alyssa is kinda geeky, kinda girly and all the way in love with her cowboy husband who can say words like, “ornery” with a straight face. She live in Texas and is working on her Masters, being a good cook and the art of looking cute in the morning AND being on time for work. Visit her blog Kind of a Mess.