Yellow nail polish. What is there to say that hasn’t been said already. Every time I mention it to someone I almost always get the same response “Yellow is not for me” or “Yellow is so hard to work with” or something in that vain. I am not really a yellow fan but every time I wear it I get compliments and fall in love just a little more. I always say I like pastels or neon yellows but time and again I find myself wearing a yellow that is neither. What can I say, seems I do kinda, sorta like yellow.
Yellow polish is hard to work with. It is often streaky or sheer. No one likes a polish that is streaky or sheer no matter what the colour. When I posted about the NYX matte polishes I mentioned that the yellow was the easiest yellow I had ever used. I still stick to that. That is definitely one of my favourite yellows to work with even it if might not be my favourite shade. You should definitely have a look at it if you haven’t already seen it. It’s really pretty.
I am showing you most of these yellows as they come. I do want to share some of my tricks while working with yellows though so as the ‘issues’ come up I will mention them. Let’s get to the pictures shall we.
Essence – Destination Sunshine.
This yellow is from the Essence Ready for Boarding trend so isn’t readily available (in SA) anymore. You might find them in a marked down bin in a Clicks if you’re lucky. This is a soft pastel yellow creme. It was quite streaky on the first coat but by the second it was fine. I added a thin third coat just to even it out a bit. Being a creme this is not inclined to be too sheer. This is a pastel yellow shade I love. It’s gorgeous for spring and summer and works well for nail art as well. The usual Essence formula which is lovely.
Essence – Little Miss Sunrise
I actually kind of fell in love with this one. This is more of an orange toned yellow. This went on like absolute butter. This is only two coats. I had very little streaking on the first coat and it smoothed out beautifully on the second. I also got tons of compliments on this shade. I didn’t think I was going to like this at all and the more I stared at my fingers the more I fell in love. I can’t explain it either. You can find this polish at Clicks or Dischem for R19.99.
Essence – Wanna be your sunshine.
This polish has a VERY slight shimmer to it that is too gorgeous. Wanna be your Sunshine was a bit of a problem child. Streaky and sheer. I had to use three coats to get it to look like this. A quick solution though would be to add a coat (or two if you are that way inclined) of white polish under this. That will help with the sheer problem and also with the streakiness. It’s also a brighter yellow than the pastels but not quite as orange toned as Little Miss Sunrise. You can find this at Clicks or Dischem for R19.99 as well.
Tip Top – Lemon Fuel
Lemon Fuel is very similar to Destination Sunshine from Essence. It is also a creme. I used two coats here and it wasn’t sheer at all. I also had a slight bit of streakiness on the first coat but a second coat evened it out well. This is a nice alternative to Destination Sunshine considering that was a limited edition polish. Lemon Fuel also has the brilliant Tip Top shine that I love so much. Another beautiful pastel yellow. You can find Tip Top at selected Clicks stores for R39.99.
Tip Top – Sun Kissed
Notice there are more photos here than the others? Do yourself a favour and click on one of them to see a bigger version. I mentioned the shimmer in Essence – Wanna be your sunshine but this one! This is shimmer. It is still subtle but much more noticeable. I really struggled with Sun Kissed as well. It was super sheer. I didn’t experience too much streaks but then it is so sheer that on three coats you can still see some visible nail lines. This would be perfect over a coat of two of white polish. You can find Sun Kissed at selected Clicks stores for R39.99.
Sinful Colors – Melon.
I did mention I liked neon yellow right? This is like highlighter yellow!! I love it! I DID do two coats over one coat of white polish. I have learned that with a neon polish there is no other way. Neon yellow is always going to be super sheer. In fact most neon polishes will be (green and yellow especially) so don’t even bother. Dress it in white undies and be done with it. I love how bright this is. I have previously used neon yellow and stamped with black. it looks so good. Apologies for the lack of clean up on my pinky. I have no idea how I managed that. Sinful Colors is available at Clicks for R27.99 but I did not get this from Clicks. If you haven’t heard or seen on the FB page, Some Ackermans stores sell Sinful Colors as well. They are in these big bins. They are usually colours that are not in Clicks anymore or older trends. A few are similar to the ones in Clicks but mostly not. This Melon is part of the Summer Neons collection and not available at Clicks but you can find it along with Irish Green (neon green) and Fusion neon (hot neon pink) at Ackermans. At least ours does. These polishes don’t have names on them but after a few minutes on google I managed to name all 4 the polishes I got there. The best part? They are only R19.99 at Ackermans.
Some other yellows that I have posted about:
- The gorgeous and super easy NYX matte yellow.
- Bright neon yellow from L A Colors – Flicker.
- Revolution – Salsa
I hope my tip of layering a sheer / streaky yellow over a coat of white polish will help. This is possible with any shade that is too sheer. Do you like yellow polish? Are any of these a favourite?
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