The 5 Shades You Need for a Capsule Nail Polish Collection

Capsule Nail Polish Collection Shades

In my teens and early twenties I had such a vast collection of nail polish colours. It was actually quite ridiculous. I probably only ever wore three shades on a regular basis, but it seemed highly important to have such an extensive offering. Now choice is the last thing I want when it comes to beauty. The less decisions I have to make the better!

And, for that very reason, I have dramatically downscaled when it comes to nail lacquer. Truly, I only think you need 5 shades in total. And I’ll prove it to you with my capsule nail polish collection…


Bus Red Nail Polish

Obviously no nail polish capsule collection would be complete without a classic bus red. It’s a timeless choice that screams Hollywood Glamour and works year-round. I’ve noticed that bus red is pretty much the only nail colour Olivia Palermo ever wears, and if it’s good enough for her… (I’m wearing: Respect by Deborah Lippmann)


Nude Nail Polish

I’m still searching for my perfect nude. It’s a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack, because there is so much choice and you need the one hue that perfectly compliments your colouring. I believe “the one” is out there though. I just haven’t found it yet… (I’m wearing: Muguet by Dior)


Capsule Nail Polish Collection

I honestly don’t remember grey/beige nail polish being a “thing” up until the launch of Chanel ‘Particulière’ in 2009. It was the nail polish that launched a thousand copycats, and greige hues still have a place in every woman’s beauty arsenal. I tend to gravitate towards polishes with brown undertones, as it’s most flattering to my skintone. (I’m wearing: Nuts About Brazil by Cheeky)


Coral Nail Polish

Coral pink is probably the least essential hue on this list. However, it is such a lovely option for summer. And it does look especially lovely on toes! Essie’s ‘California Coral’ is the shade to covet. But as I tend to only wear coral polish when I’m on my summer holidays I stick to cheap-and-cheerful bottles from Rimmel. (I’m wearing: Instyle Coral by Rimmel)


How to Build a Capsule Nail Polish Collection

Just like coral pink, wine red is another seasonal essential. I love wearing deep berry hues and rich burgundys throughout Autumn/Winter. These sumptuous reds also look fantastic when paired with gold and rose gold jewellery, but tend to appear a bit “off” next to silver. So that’s something to consider before applying. (I’m wearing: Berries and Cream by Rimmel)

Do you also have a capsule nail polish collection? If so, which colours make up your edit? Leave a comment below to have your say…