There are almost 400 polish bottles in my collection at the moment (yes, I got rid of a lot of them) and there's no way I could pick my top 10 (or less) of all the shades. So I'm breaking it down color by color. Let's start off with purple. It has been the it shade for me back in the 2009 when my nail polish obsession exploded and created a black hole. That black hole wanted every single purple shade under the sun. And I got a lot of them. It's still the most common shade in my stash, but now I know how to appreciate other colors as well.
Here are purple shades which managed to jump out of the crowd ... and they're special to me for various reasons.
American Apparel - L'Esprit
A classic pale lilac shade. This one may look like your other pastel lavender shades, but is so much more. L'Esprit is what I wanted China Glaze Agent Lavender to be. Let's face it, this shade is gorgeous, it's opaque, it applies like a dream... It's my winner from all the light purple polishes.
Color Club - Pucci-licious
Pucci-licious is a shade we've all been wanting from the moment we saw first swatches from the Poptastic collection. It has a long-lost sister in the Hot Topic shade range that goes by the name Bright Purple. This shade doesn't photograph well and it dries to a satin finish.
China Glaze - Grape Pop
I wanted this shade from the start. And I do mean from the start - I wanted it even before China Glaze made it. A true purple creme. This one is as essential as a little black dress. A classic. Grape Pop's sister is Orly's Charged Up, but that one is more jelly-ish.
Claire's - Magic
If you're an owner of this shade, then you know there truly is some magic in that little yet chubby bottle. This one is my favorite shimmery purple and the fact it needs three coats to achieve full opacity doesn't bother me at all. It's that amazing.
Love Bites - Purple Haze
If you want a dark, opaque, shimmery purple, this is the one you want to go for. Trust me, I compared quite a few of those and this one is the best in the category. Very, very nice.
Nails Inc. - Belgrave Place
This one was a love at first sight. I fell in love with it when I was browsing the internet and I knew it has to be mine someday. I finally got it on Ebay and payed good for it as well (you know I like cheap polish, right). It didn't disappoint me. My one and only Nails Inc. polish is perfection in 2 coats.
Sally Hansen - Arabian Night
Yet another internet/first sight love. Golden shimmer in true purple base? Hell yeah! I don't think I need to say a lot more. Just look at the photo... *sigh*
Zoya - Lael
As much as I've always wanted a true purple, I also wanted a true, dark plum polish. I fell for the MAC in Dark Angel, but there was no way I was gonna pay that price. So I found out about Lael and it became my first Zoya shade of the collection.
So, now you know about my favorite purple shades.
Which are your ''I love that purple'' shades? Do you agree/disagree with my choices?
What color do you want to see next?
Thanks for looking!