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“Obsession” might be an understatement when it comes to describing my stance on nail polish. It’s a relationship that runs deep: it traces back to my first manicure at age five (thanks, Mom!) to now, as I reside in a room that mimics a nail salon, thanks to the (very full) Lucite shelves my roommate gifted me for my 22nd birthday. So, yes, my obsession might be somewhat of a problem…but it’s only growing.
When Michael Kors’ complete polish collection landed on my desk, I was overwhelmed. Like it was holiday in August, I opened those little boxes faster than it takes for a base coat to dry. Promptly, I was transported to nail polish heaven as I tried to decide on which hue to use on in my next at-home manicure. They’re iridescent, they’re bold, they’re chic, they’re vampy, they’re bright—they’re everything.
I admit, panic ensued when I realized that I simply don’t have enough room for all 18 bottles on my already overflowing nail polish rack. I had to pare down my favorites. As a slave to anything neutral, simple and (sigh) basic, I couldn’t resist the lure of these five bare beauties. Plus, nude nails are totally trending right now. Ingénue, Crowd-Pleaser, Coquette, Posh and Spotlight are the most gorgeous nudes that my comprehensive collection could ask for. As a group, they’re totally layer-able, and individually, they’re elegant barely-there pigments. You better believe I will find each of these bottles some turf on my polish rack—as they say, “out with the old, in with the new.” Or then again, maybe I’ll just get another rack. –Lauren Kaplan
Michael Kors Collection Nail Polish, $18 ea.