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About Face: Before holiday sets flood stores, grab summer and fall’s best nail polish


Polishes from China Glaze, Essie, and L’Oreal

First picture, top row, from left to right: China Glaze Hologlam collection shades Not in This Galaxy, Galactic Gray, Strap on Your Moonboots, Sci-Fi Fly By, Don’t Be a Luna-tic, Get Outta My Space

ChinaGlazeHolographic EssieResort EssieSpring2013 ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceFirst picture, bottom row, from left to right: Essie Resort collection shade Come Here; Essie Madison Ave-Hue collection shade Hip-Anema; Essie Resort collection shade In the Cab-ana; Essie Madison Ave-Hue collection shade Avenue Maintain; Essie Resort collection shade First Time

Second picture, top row, from left to right: L’Oreal Miss Candy collection shades Mango Mamma, Bubble Trouble, Jolly Lolly, Bananarama Love

Second picture, bottom row, from left to right: L’Oreal Miss Candy collection shades Miss Pixie, Berry Nice, Lilac Coolers, Crème de Mint

At your local drugstore or beauty supply store, keep an eye out for collections from China Glaze, Essie, and L’Oreal. China Glaze had an insanely popular holographic collection a few years ago, and tried to recreate that hype earlier this year with their Hologlam collection. Unfortunately, these polishes aren’t nearly as in-your-face as that previous collection, but because the effect is more subtle, they may be more appealing for a wider audience. The collection had 12 shades, but because the holographic effect isn’t that intense with these polishes, I don’t think you need them all.

If you can find them, I would grab the coral shade Not in This Galaxy; the dark Galactic Gray; the navy Strap on Your Moonboots; the brighter sky blue Sci-Fi Fly By; the silvery aqua Don’t Be a Luna-tic; and the lilac purple Get Outta My Space.

LOrealMissCandyCollection ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceIf that effect isn’t to your liking, go for more classic bright shades in the Essie spring Madison Ave-Hue collection or Resort collection. These attention-grabbing shades aren’t outrageously neon, but they’re lovely for a pick-me-up pedicure. My picks from both collections are coral Come Here; brighter pinky-red Hip-Anema; light aqua blue In the Cab-ana; cornflower blue Avenue Maintain; and mint First Time.

And if you’re into those brights, then the L’Oreal Miss Candy collection is pretty much your dream. These shades aren’t opaque like the Essie collections, but have a squishy, sheer, jelly consistency that can build up in intensity but will still remain somewhat see-through. If you wanted to, you could layer them with glitter in-between, creating your own hybrid shades.

The eight-piece collection is pretty much all winners, and I think these are great options to keep you holding onto summer even as the weather gets colder and colder. If you can, grab any of the following: bright orange Mango Mamma; candy pink Bubble Trouble; classic red Jolly Lolly; banana yellow Bananarama Love; cobalt blue Miss Pixie; deep purple Berry Nice; lighter purple Lilac Coolers; and jade green Crème de Mint.

AVAILABILITY: Check your drugstores, Sally Beauty Supply store, or online nail polish retailers, like transdesign.com or head2toebeauty.com, for these collections, especially because the polishes might be further reduced since we’re getting into winter. The China Glaze Hologlam polishes retailed for $14, but are certainly cheaper now (I got them for $6 each at Sally Beauty); Essie polishes retail for $8; and L’Oreal polishes retail for about $5.

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