I can’t believe it’s time for a top 10 already! I really feel like I just pressed “publish” on my Top 10 from 2011! Personally, 2012 has absolutely flown by and it’s been an up and down crazy ride but all in all I’d give it a thumbs up. Anyways, I’m really excited to share my favorites of the year with you!
Though I didn’t realize it when I was whittling down my list from 15 to 10, it seems my favorites for 2012 are for the most part filled with sparkle, shimmer, and shine – which matches my feelings on 2012, and represents my hope for a beautiful 2013. I hope you enjoy!
I’d absolutely love it if you left your Top 10 in a comment below!
Have a safe and happy New Years!
Ready for my top 10? Here we go!
My dream polish. I knew I had to have it as soon as I started seeing promo pics. I love it. I love it. I love it. The yellow gold flakes are a stunning way to dress up any manicure (think New Year’s Eve, ladies!) and the possibilities are endless. Though this is well outside of my normal polish price range, I don’t regret the $30 price tag for a second.
One of my favorite parts about doing the top 10 is comparing lists with Alli before we post and making sure we don’t have any duplicates – this year we did and it was Acroiris. A gorgeous multisized glitter topcoat is necessary in every girl’s collection. I can’t sing the praises of Lex Cosmetics any louder – it’s a great company founded by a truly wonderful person. If there’s an indie company to try in 2013, it’s Lex. You can even create your own polish!
An absolute gem! Along with it’s sister in crime, Luminary, Neptune rocked my world in the spring. Sinful colors is hit or miss with me and Neptune is definitely a hit! I love that Sinful Colors have been putting on their game face lately – they’ve come out with some fantastic polishes lately – Neptune is a steal at 1.99.
Essie really hit it out of the park with their Mirror Metallics line! I love gold polishes and this is just a stunner. I work it quite a bit over the summer and I see this bottle getting quite a work out for months to come. No Place like Chrome earned it’s spot on Alli’s Top 10, and Good as Gold earned it’s way into my heart.
Ah yes, the Deborah Lippman dupe for Glitter in the Air. I’m not much of a sheer polish fan and for this reason my initial review was less than stellar but I’ve come to love this polish as a way to dress up blues and greys and it’s earned it’s spot in my top 10.
Just looking at this picture makes me want to pull this polish out and put it on right this second! This multichrome Chanel Peridot dupe was the much talked about highlight (for me) of OPI’s Spiderman Collection. Perfection in a bottle. I’ll let you in on a secret: this may or may not be my #1 favorite for 2012. Shh!
One night on twitter I mentioned that I’d never tried any Cult polishes. Maria tweeted me and offered to send me one to try! I quickly chose Toxic Seaweed… it reminded me of my very first franken: Algae. I’ve been following Maria from well before the Cult Nails line was a reality and it’s been so wonderful to see her dream take off. She makes beautiful polishes – I have 4 in my collection and I can’t wait to add more!
Danke-Shiny Red was a favorite of mine from OPI’s Germany Collection. It sent me on a whirlwind love affair with reds that, months later, still continues. It’s a lovely red that glows from within – one of my favorite qualities in a polish! While it’s more of a Fall/Winter Red – I know it’ll be making an appearance in the summer months.
Penelope is the only true creme in my top 10. It’s my perfect princess pink. While Penelope’s application wasn’t as easy as Penelope’s maven box-mate, Jessica, 3-4 coats are decidedly worth it for such a beautiful, classic color.
Work appropriate, subtly stunning. I’m such a fan of this polish. I think it was overlooked in OPI’s Germany Collection by many but it’s easily my second favorite behind Danke-Shiny Red. This color brings back great college memories of walking on the similarly colored brick across the Colonnade at Washington and Lee.