Gone are the putty polish days famed by the likes of Barry M’s Mushroom – remember what a fuss we all made about that? Nude nails have taken a new turn this season with a bevy of brands concocting their take on ‘fingertip foundations’. Put those dirty greiges that dominate your nail stash into hibernation and layer on a skintone-matching shade that elongates and flatters. Nice idea, right? Swap the swatching of foundations on your jawline for a sneaky paint of a nail at the beauty counters to seek out your nude nail match. The same rules apply; warm or cool, sheer or covering, shimmery or matte and to make the process a little easier, Estée Lauder are waiting in the wings with their complexion colour inspired collection, Pure Colour Nail Lacquer French Nudes*. Did someone say French? Nude nails? I’m listening…
Created by the man in the know, Tom Pecheux, these flesh toned shades are all about ditching the statement nail and embracing enhancing hues. There’s five to select from: Ballerina, a milky pink, Bittersweet, a rich cocoa, Nudité, a barely there peach, So Vain, the taupest out the bunch and Diabolique, which is missing from my line up but is more of a creamy chocolate. After some swiping and swatching I decided that Nudité would be my best match – not my neatest paint job but I fell for the shade. Two coats did the job and I’ll keep you updated with its chip report.
The French Nudes Collection will be making its debut appearance on counters in March and at £14.50 a bottle these won’t be the most bank-friendly additions to your nail rotation. But have no fear, Revlon are hot on the heels of the foundation fingertips forecast and will be dropping their eight-strong ‘Mannequin Hands’ range into the mix around the same time, offering a less purse pinching option. The new nudes are a’coming.