Friday, May 18, 2012

THEME WEEK - My Favourite Nude


Sit down, boys and girls, it's story time with Lab Muffin...

My first ever manicure was a discount deal early last year - $30 for a mani-pedi and a set of eyelash extensions. I wanted the extensions for a photo shoot, so the mani was just a pleasant extra. I had my nails done using an OPI nude, and being me, I forgot to ask the name. For the next week, I smiled every time I looked down and saw my pretty fingers.

Then it chipped off, and THE HUNT BEGAN. Of course, it would've been easiest to just go back to the salon and ask for the name. But the lovely ladies there were Korean and didn't speak English very well, so that would've been awkward, and I spend most of my waking hours avoiding teh awkward. I went to the department store and tried to match a bottle to my nails - no luck. I scoured countless nail blogs, opening a plethora of new tabs that promised "OPI - nude". I went through MakeUpAlley and stalked anyone with skin shade NC25.

Eventually I narrowed it down to the two most likely candidates: Malaysian Mist and Cuddle by the Fire. Since CbtF was discontinued, I bought them off the evilBay. After impatiently waiting two weeks, they arrived... and they were Not. The. Colour. Ah, the crushing disappointment that only comes when you wait two weeks for a lemming and it doesn't perform!

I've resigned myself to the fact that I'm probably never going to find that nude again, and even if I did, it wouldn't be anywhere near as pretty as I remembered. So I've grown to love Malaysian Mist (struggling with CbtF) - I'm still on the hunt for more awesome nudes, since Malaysian Mist is the only one I can wear without thinking "bleh". So here it is:



OPI Malaysian Mist - 3 coats. It starts off sheer, but I prefer it when it's opaque. Drying takes forever, but that seems to be standard with milky polishes.

I love glitter-on-nude manis, and gold is my favourite - here's Essence Make It Golden layered on top:


So... does anyone have NC25 skin? Recommend me some nudes? :P

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11 comments:

Ashli Pitre said...

Have you tried using the OPI app to match the color? I love using it to test with my skin tone.

Nailderella said...

It's difficult to find a good nude!!!!! one of my friends asked me about a nude OPI color that is opaque and goes well with her skintone...but I haven't found it yet...

LauraSummer said...

I'm nc25 :) have you tried essie sand tropez or essie jazz? X

greeneyespinknails said...

Try Dior Safari Beige or Essence Nude it

Bethany Taylor said...

LOL "evilBay". Love that! The gold glitter looks fabulous over this!

lilacsrip said...

How about OPI Samoan Sand? I've heard good things about it and just bought it to try!

beachgal said...

I like some of the other suggestions given here...have them in my nude stash....Samoan Sand is like this one you pictured here - same collection actually it came from eons ago in I am thinking late 90's. I used SS all the time back then to do my French and Am. manis that were standard for me other than a red. Seems I was not open to anything else back then. I tossed a ton of other shades when I purged my collection in about 2000 and got rid of anything that was not an OPI red or neutral shade! Sad as I tossed a ton of super polishes in the vintage group that now I know are worth a ton of $...oh well...I do really like Essie's Sand Tropez a ton of late.

Terri said...

How do you find out what number your skin tone is, please?

Gnarly Gnails said...

some nudes i love right now are:
essie - sand tropez
essie - topless & barefoot
color club - nomadic nude
sephora by opi - xox betsey

good luck!!

LabMuffin said...

Thank you ladies for all your suggestions! Definitely going to check out some Essies and Samoan Sand!

Terri - go to a MAC counter and ask them to match you up :)

Mara S said...

I love nudes! If you're looking for an opaque creme, I found Zoya Cho and Nubar Classic Camel really flaterring. They have a yellow undertone. Chanel Inattendu is more peachy and it's beautiful, but more expensive. Cult Nails Crusin' Nude is a little darker. You have some nice sheers (but buildable) among the OPI ballet, Mavala Vanilla...
I hope it helps!!

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