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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Spring nail polish

This spring, my friend Gemma turned us onto this amazing nail polish: Dior Nail Glow. And now all our friends are wearing it. Have you tried it? Here's how it works...
Here are nails without polish, above...
One coat, above...
Two coats, above...
Voila! Basically, Nail Glow, which is slightly pink, enhances the natural color of your nails: the pinks of the nails become pinker and the whites become whiter. It's beautifully glossy in person (it was hard to capture in photos!) and easy to apply—it makes nails look clean and feminine. Your nails just look DONE. I'd highly recommend it as an everyday spring color.

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for A Cup of Jo. Styling by Kendra Smoot. Gold dot ring by Basha Burwell)

66 comments:

Sarah Berry Design said...

Pretty! Where are the other rings from?

Brooke Williams said...

Nice! So much better than clear...

Jocelyn said...

I have this! I agree, it's so easy to apply and your nails just looked nicer.

Joanna Goddard said...

@sarah, the tiny thin one is from catbird, the other band was made at a jeweler's, and the gold bangle is from General Store in San Francisco. thanks!

Erin said...

$25 for a clear pink polish...April Fools?

Jesse said...

oh pretty, i've been wearing a lot of nyc fashion safari!

http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2014/04/work-outfit-12.html

Jenn @ WLB said...

I use the oxygen polish by Julep and have the same effects!

Allison said...

Essie also has a similar polish for a lot less.

Katie said...

Neat! Back when I was 'too young' for nail polish, I would color all my nails with a pink Magic Marker and then rub it off, leaving a pink stain behind.

Josephina Kim said...

Very pretty! I like that it's something that I can apply myself. Whenever I try to do my own nails with a darker color, it looks so messy!!

-Josephina

jill cavanaugh said...

Growing up my mom wore a very similar nail polish by Dior - she was never fancy about other things in life but she was fully committed to the Dior Polish. So classic and it looked beautiful on her nails. I forgot about this until now - thank you! I am going to order mine today.

D2 said...

LOVE this polish! And easy to apply at home = fab! And love the rings too.

Elizabeth Park said...

Dior Lip Glow is just as amazing :)

Donna said...

Love this!! Do you know of anything comparable that is a bit more affordable?

Though I love Dior, not sure I could splurge $25 for polish.

xoDonna
www.soyouagree.com

Eleanor James said...

Donna, I'd recommend Aquarella. It's also the cleanest and least toxic nail polish available. It's available on amazon and through the company website: www.aquarella.com They have just about every color that other nail polish brands have - navy, clear, pinks, purple, greens, black, and manicure shades.

Amber said...

I need this in my life!!!!
Xx amber

Ambermagus.blogspot.ca

JennyB said...

I really like Revlon's Nail Brightener (and it's less $). Nail Glow makes my nails look a little too purple, for some reason

growingmagnolia said...

Lovely!

Emily said...

I JUST looked at this stuff yesterday! I love the natural effect on your nails.... it's a great way to have something going on in the nail department, but without the obvious chipping!

Emily
emilyannestyle.com

jm said...

i have tried this polish and it is amazing! So shiny and gorgeous.

SloanewilliamsBartsoff said...

Love this! but expensive for a student family:(. You should use this as a give away sometime!! :)

Joanna Goddard said...

katie, that is awesome :)

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for the budget recommendations, eleanor and jenny!

Lindsay said...

Wait, so $25 clear nail polish is not an April Fool's joke?

Lily L-M said...

This is brilliant! My grandmother wears something very similar and she's one classy lady.

xo Lily
http://whilemyboyfriendsaway.blogspot.com/

mimminie said...

The lipstick of that is really great too!

Renae said...

I think that is so pretty. I pretty much only wear subtle colours on my fingers (and dark on my toes) and since I have an active toddler am looking for something good! Expensive, yes, but my experience with Dior is the quality is worth it (I would rather have that as opposed a few expensive coffees)

Rachel Medlock said...

Ooh, thanks for the tip - haven't heard of this one before! Looks lovely.

xx,
Rachel
Suppose Anything Goes


J2 said...

I have nail glow and love it ! CD sheer lipstick is great as well ❤️

Miss M said...

To get the same effect put two drops of red polish in a bottle of clear polish and mix it up well. Viola. Same thing.. It's an old (cheap) trick.

Barbara said...

Thanks for this post, but I wish you would also post alternatives at different price points. Most people I know wouldn't dare spend $25 on clear nail polish, no matter how great it works.

Brooklynbee said...

Barbara, Sally Hansen also makes a polish that is similar - "Hard as Nails" Natural Tint - it's only a few dollars!

Brooklynbee said...

Barbara, Sally Hansen also makes a polish that is similar - "Hard as Nails" Natural Tint - it's only a few dollars!

J.CrewJD said...

I second the Hard as Nails version. It is usually $1-$2 and has been around FOREVER. I remember my mom using it in the early 90s.

Meadow said...

I have been using this for several months now... I love it!!

Meadow said...

To the people who think the price is too steep - think of this this way... yeah it's $25, but a bottle will last you like two years (even with regular use). That's not so bad... I bet most of you don't think twice about spending $5 a day on coffee.

Making it Anywhere said...

Love it- when I was younger and got french manicure at the nail salon- they used something similar, but I always thought it was some sort of special nail salon only product that us regular people couldn't get. I will be picking this up before my next at home manicure.

Amy said...

This is so subtle and pretty! Perfect for everyday wear.

www.theshinyprettyhappy.com

Cheryl said...

Beautiful!! Adding to my wishlist! ;)

Jennifer said...

Great find! I usually buff my nails but that only lasts a day or two. I'm going to order now.

Jen

www.star-sisters.com

Emily said...

I've been using a product called "Pink Armor" that has the same effect.
I've never received so many compliments on my nails!
Can be purchased here: http://www.drugstore.com/pink-armor-nail-gel/qxp475869

Anne said...

After reading this post, I ran out to Sephora and bought it. Love the effect. Thanks so much for the recommendation.

RosyRilli said...

Thanks for the recommendation! I normally don't wear polish on a daily basis (because I'm so bad at the upkeep but can't stand chipping). This seems like a great compromise to my laziness though!

Joy Acoustics said...

Your nail posts are definitely one of my favorites and I was waiting for some spring inspiration. Unfortunately Dior is out of my league and I don't know if I can find something similar on buget. But I love the post anyway :)

Your Romanian fan,
http://joyacoustics.blogspot.co.uk/

Lindsey Young said...

OMG. This is going to look so amazing on my gorgeous pregnancy nails!!! Thank you, Joanna. :)

mj said...

To the person who said to try clear polish and a few drops of red polish? It works! Cost me less than 4 dollars and got the same effect. Thanks!

Alissa said...

A manicurist that I went to once told me that she always uses Essie's Sugar Daddy and since then I've noticed that every manicurist has it as the "clear" polish that they keep in their drawer! So that's my go to for pretty, shiny nails. But that Glow looks so nice too...

Julia Parker said...

Beautiful color and beautiful jewelry. This will be great for me because I'm a jewelry designer so my nail polish is always chipped. This would be a good solution because it wouldn't show the chips though.

http://juliaparkerdesigns.com

Jennifer of JennySue Makeup said...

How had I not heard of this gem yet?? I love the au natural look of this with the pink tint! going to share this with all of my girlfriends immediately!

Fernando Heard said...

Love the amazing pretty Spring nail polish, its looks so real and teh Pink nail glow adds the perfect touch to the nail paint. Such nail paints are real pretty and I often myself get my nails painted at the Frasada Hair salon Oceanside NY.

Pauline Reyes said...

I love simple yet cute nail polishes! Thanks for this :)
xo,
~Pauline @Kallony

abbey said...

Saw this post and had to try it out. I love it! I think I'm going to stick to just one coat, otherwise it's too pink for me. Thanks for the suggestion, Joanna!

Miss Kait said...

Love how natural it looks!

Tia said...

I went to Sephora today to buy some other things, and decided to try this nail polish on. I'm sad to report that it just looks any regular clear nail polish with a pinkish tint.

sadie said...

Are those your hands? To whomever those hands belong to: lovely hands. :)

Rose said...

this sounds amazing! I crave the kinds of nails that just look healthy and polished without looking salony- maybe this is the holy grail

HazelHaven said...

Oooh this is so lovely! I can't wait to try it.

lisajones said...

Muji makes a very similar polish, but in red, which goes on pink. Perfect after 2 coats! My girlfriend picked it up in Tokyo, however, it might be sold at the Muji store in NYC. x

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C said...

I found this OPI version at Kroger the other day! http://www.birchbox.com/shop/opi-sheer-tints-color-tinted-top-coat

I like it.

Beatričė Soroko said...

This polish looks great! I'd like to try it. Thank you for the recommendation, Joanna :)

hannelu1 said...

This polish is so great! I love it:)

Daria Kostenko said...

Wow! It makes hands look so sophisticated, nice choice.

duyduong said...

it good for nail salon. from pedicure chair salon.

Erin Murphy said...

Your hands are so pretty!

Unknown said...

Ok, I finally splurged and bought this polish because of your post. It's the most I've spent for a bottle in my life! But I have to say, so far, it was worth every penny! It looks so pretty on!!! I also love that it takes only two coats and it dries quickly. It's great for a mom on the go for sure.

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