Summer Nail Colors

avenue maintain

I always have trouble deciding what color to paint my nails as it is, but it seems to be a much more difficult task during summer. Yes I know, some may think that decisions such as picking a right nail polish color are just one of those inconsequential things in life that bring little to no value to human existence (how dare they!). But I say, if it’s fun, bright, colorful and makes me feel happy, I will gladly spend 30 minutes each week deciding between a pastel pink and a hot magenta nail polish.

As much as I like to try out new products, I always stay loyal to both Essie and Sally Hansen-two of my favorite nail polish brands (maybe with an exception of the Triple Shine polish in Statemint by the latter, did I also tell you how badly it stained my nails? Ugh.. moving on!). China Glaze has crazy, bright and beautiful colors, but I find that it chips a lot faster than Essie or Sally Hansen. Dior nail color, of course as you can expect for about $25.00 a bottle, has an amazing formula that stays on forever and goes on smoothly. Flower is a beauty brand found by Drew Barrymore sold exclusively at Walmart. It was my first time trying out a nail polish (or any other product for that matter) by Flower Beauty and I have to say that it is, indeed, quite lovely.

1. Essie “Avenue Maintain”

“Avenue Maintain” is a bright, Parisian blue. It’s so highly pigmented and absolutely beautiful. Despite the formula being a bit runny, it applies like a dream.

Essie avenue maintain

2. Sally Hansen Extreme Wear “Mellow Yellow”

I’ve already blogged about “Mellow Yellow” right here. It’s a beautiful pastel yellow that I think looks gorgeous, especially on short nails. I’ve been binge watching old seasons of Pretty Little Liars lately and I noticed that Em (played by Shay Mitchell- only like, the most beautiful girl on Earth) has been rocking pastel yellow nails quite a lot throughout the show. I’m still on the lookout for a very pastel-y-pastel yellow (:P)  this is the best that I could find.

yellow mellow

sally hansen yellow mellow

3. Sally Hansen Extreme Wear “Breezy Blue”

“Breezy Blue” is yet another pastel-ish color. I say that because even though it’s from the same collection as “Mellow Yellow”, it has somewhat of a satin, shiny finish that just won’t let me refer to it as full-on pastel (#firstworldproblems). It’s a beautiful, beautiful baby-blue color.

breezy blue

sally hansen breezy blue

4. Dior Vernis “Plaza”

I’ve had “Plaza” for about a year and a half, and every time I open the bottle, the formula is such as fresh and creamy as it was the very first day I bought it. It’s such a fun, candy-colored pink. If you feel that hot, bright pink colors are just a bit too much for you, but would still like to sport pink nails, this a color for you. I think that it’s both girl-y (without being too “obnoxious”, if you know what I mean ;) ) and very classy.


Dior vernis plaza

5. China Glaze “Love’s a Beach”

Speaking of obnoxious… This is a super hot and bright pink that I think is a definition of a summer-perfect color. I say that it’s obnoxious, but I mean it in a nice way, let’s just say that it’s obnoxiously pink. I always thought that colors like this neon pink are only reserved for tweens. Few weeks ago I was getting a pedi and decided to go all wild and try it out and I fell in love with it. I haven’t used it on my nails yet, but it looks beautiful on my toes, especially when paired with a cute pair of strappy sandals. The finish is sort of odd, it’s matte and satin at the same time, but I kinda dig it.

love's a beach

china glaze Love's a beach

6. Flower Beauty “I Lavendare You!”

“I Lavendare You!” by Flower Beauty is a gorgeous “barely there” lavender color. It’s very subtle, delicate and that’s exactly why I love it.

i lavendare you polish review flower beauty

Flower beauty I lavendore you

Which one’s your favorite?

  • these are all great choices Paula, but my favorite is Avenue Maintain by Essie. I will def buy it soon, thanks for the inspiration :)

    • Thanks Christel! ;)

  • So many amazing colours! I’m loving I Lavandare You, Breezy Blue and the china glaze one – the finish is so cool x

    Angela | The Sunday Chapter

    • Right? At first I wasn’t sure about that matte/satin finish, but eventually I fell in love with it, it’s so unique!

  • I love the Essie Avenue Mountain and definitely need to hunt it down! They all look beautiful, but that one is my favorite! Great post!

    • Thank so much Abby, love that one too!

  • Sally Hansen’s breezy blue is without a doubt my favorite here.. and I may or may not be breaking my no buy to pick it up, hahah. Have you ever tried sinful colors? They’re a great little range with some really lovely colors and fabulous lasting power

    • No, I never have, which is strange haha ;) You got me at “fabulous lasting power”, will have to pick a few up some day soon! Thanks Kira <3.

  • All of the colours look absolutely beautiful, really gorgeous and quite creamy colours! I love them all and can’t quite pick a favourite haha! :)

    Layla xx

  • There is definitely nothing wrong with taking pride in your nail polish and having fun choosing, especially when you have a gorgeous selection to choose from like yours Paula ;) :D It would be a crime not to!

    You’ve picked such a unique array of shades to show us and I love that! How gorgeous does ‘Avenue Maintain’ sound? Gorgeous! :) My favourite has to be Love’s a Beach by China Glaze, smokin’ hot and I love the magneta vibes. Really beautiful with a pair of strappy sandals I bet (OOTD anyone? ;) :D) ‘I Lavendare you!’ is also a really pretty colour, delicate, natural but oh so gorgeous as a more subtle colour :D

    Sophie xo

    • :D:D Loove “Avenue Maintain” too, it’s so fun and classy at the same time. “Love’s a Beach” has such a gorgeous color, but also the finish is sort of unreal :) Thank so much Sophie <3