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

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

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)


GREIGE

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

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)


WINE RED

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…

  • Such beautiful shades! I’ve just switched to gel polish and really don’t want to spend a small fortune on lots of new polishes. I’ve got a lovely grey and a nice nude shade. I’ve also got a great option for french tips, but would like to add some more seasonal shades. I’m going to be using this as a guide and picking up a red, burgundy and possibly as deep purple or navy (as I find greens often clash with the green tints in my glasses). I’ve never tried greige before, but I love how it looks on you, so I’ll be on the hunt for one of those too! Thanks. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

    • cocos_tea_party

      Hi Tania! A deep purple and navy sound lovely for autumn! And you should definitely keep an eye out for a nice greige. It’s my favourite colour to wear on my nails – especially as it usually goes well with everything so I don’t have to worry about my nails clashing with my clothes xxx

  • Lovee these shades and the photos, look fab!

    laurabradshaw.co.uk

    • cocos_tea_party

      Thank you Laura!

  • I don’t agree about greige a coral pink because they look quite bad on me but the other colors are very beautiful. I also have a thing for metallic nail polishes. I really like your rings, anyway, most of all the ones with the stars, lovely!