I have never really been into the “mannequin hands” trend (when your nails match your skin tone exactly, like mannequins’ hands), but sometimes I just get this urge to wear a good nude nail polish. Like a few weeks ago, when I wanted to just go chic and basic with simple nude nails.
The problem? I didn’t really have any nude polishes. Somehow, over the course of my polish hoarding addiction, I accumulated just about every color under the sun…but always passed on nudes. They just don’t look exciting in the bottle. I see them and am like “Oh, that looks just like…my skin. Ohhh, look, a sparkly pink!!!” and then I leave with whichever fun polish I got distracted by.
Determined to finally add a nude to my polish stash, I headed over to my local Ulta and came home with OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons from the 2012 Germany collection. Don’t Pretzel My Buttons is a light beige nude with yellow undertones. As with choosing foundations, undertones matter – if you lean cool, shoot for pink; if you lean warm, shoot for yellow. I am usually warm, but it would appear that my hands are more pink than the rest of me because Don’t Pretzel My Buttons didn’t love my skin color as much as anticipated. I think my index finger is chipped only on one side every time I swatch…sigh.
This is a nice nude shade and I’m happy I’ve finally added one to my stash. It feels a little more complete now (although my hubs would argue that it has been more than complete for months now). The formula was a little thick and needed two coats for full opacity.
My only issue with Don’t Pretzel My Buttons? For some reason, my bottle had a lot of little fuzzies in it. I painted one coat on the first nail and picked a fuzz off, thinking it must have been from a blanket or something. Nope. The next nail – fuzz. The next nail – more fuzz. It wasn’t like my whole nail was covered; it was just little pieces, but it drove me bonkers. I have no idea how that happened and I’ve never had that issue with a polish before. Hopefully I got it all out on this manicure, but I guess we’ll find out the next time I’m craving a nude mani.
You can purchase OPI for $9 at major beauty retailers like Ulta, at certain salons, or through many online sites.
What’s your favorite nude polish? Are you into the “mannequin hands” look?
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