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Polish’s Dark Side

It’s news: 2011 polish colors have gone to the dark side.  These nighttime shades look great on short fingernails and for pedicures, so the season doesn’t matter!  Many celebrities seem to have recently traded in length for luscious color, so almost-black polishes are a sure trend.  There are subtle hints of color that make each unique, and you can choose a glossy or a matte finish depending upon your desired look.  Many brands have a collection of dark polishes like Revlon’s Dark Pleasures and Zoya’s Dare. There are so many popular brands and colors (many of which become discontinued after the release of newer lines), but I’ve outlined my favorites below to get you started on your midnight-like manicures.


Best Purple: OPI "Siberian Nights"

Best Brown: OPI "Espresso Your Style"

Best Green: Orly "Enchanted Forest"

Best Blue: Orly "Star Of Bombay"

Best Red: OPI "William Tell Me About"

Best Gray: Color Club "After Hours"

Best Black: Chanel "Black Satin"

Best Matte: OPI "Lincoln Park After Dark"

Best Glitter: China Glaze "Mummy May I"


Keep in mind that dark colors can stain natural nails, so it is important to apply a base coat. Also, chips show more prominently with dark colors, so make sure to properly prep nails so your manicure will last.  Wear your spring colors with these stormy shades and prep for the April showers that bring May flowers!


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