The Search for the Perfect Mint Nail Polish

Monday, September 02, 2013

photo of Mint nail varnish for spring and summer
photo of Mint nail varnish for spring and summer
Revlon and Barry M Mint Nail Polish
Photo of Revlon Minted Barry M Mint Green Mint Nail Polish
photo of mint nail varnish swatches

After the #bbloggers Twitter chat last night about autumn trends and product releases, the sad reality that summer is coming to an end started to sink in. I know people rattle on about 'oversized hoodies, hot chocolate and cosy nights in front of the fire' but lets be real people- autumn here in the UK generally just means 'chapped lips, muddy puddles and endless grey drizzle.' I'm well aware that I'm quite hard to please when it comes to the weather; I'm not a sun worshipper but I hate the cold too, in fact there's a very small window around spring time that I'd consider the weather to be truly to my tastes. Typical British complainer, but hey it's what we do best! Pretty soon I think a lot of us will be retiring our pastel and neon nail colours until next year in favour of deeper autumnal shades; I do prefer lighter nails but there are some gorgeous plum, red and berry shades that have been abandoned over the last few months that I'm looking forward to wearing again. Not that trends should dictate our choices, but I for one quite enjoy getting on board with seasonal colours! (even if I really don't like the seasonal weather changes- booo).

I mentioned in my last nail post that I think most of us go on the hunt for the perfect mint polish when spring and summer rolls around- you definitely know the warmer months have arrived when people start Instagramming their nails wearing Mint Candy Apple by Essie! I don't own Mint Candy Apple but I do get a lot of wear from the mint shades in my collection. Minted by Revlon is the newest addition but one I've worn a lot recently; the colour is so pretty and the formula of the Nail Enamels in general is spot on. Barry M's Mint Green was one I wore a lot last spring and summer, and I think will be something of an old faithful each year. I know that the textured nail trend is practically ancient history by now but I still happily wear the ones I own, the finish is quite subtle and Ridley Road by Barry M is easily the nicest colour of the four. I really wish Barry M did this exact shade in their standard or Hi-Shine formulas because I would be allll over that. Smarty Pants is slightly darker than the others, but an ideal budget mint polish. I do really like George cosmetics, if you've previously turned your nose up at the thought all I can say is don't knock 'em til you've tried 'em!

All of these are opaque in two coats and last for around the same three or four days until there's noticeable tip wear; longer if you're feeling particularly patient and apply a top coat. Of the four I do tend to gravitate more towards Revlon's Minted, but would highly recommend all of them if you're in the market for a new mint polish!

What's your favourite mint nail polish? Have you tried any of these?
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40 comments

  1. Loveee the color, mint is definitely one of my favorites shades to wear <3

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    1. Mine too, love mint and coral polish over the spring/ summer :) x

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  2. i have so many mints! i love rimmel peppermint! wearing it today :)
    Charlotte
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    1. oooh I haven't tried Peppermint, one to add to my wishlist :) x

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  4. I loooved mint for Spring/Summer as well. My favorite was Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet. I'm not sure what my fall color will be yet.

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    1. I've not tried any Sally Hanson nail polishes before! I've just googled swatches of Mint Sorbet and I love it- so pretty x

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  5. I agree with the Revlon minted I have worn it so many times over summer! lovely post

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    1. I got mine for £1 from Fragrance Direct, complete bargain! :) It's such a lovely shade x

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  6. I love all of those colours. Mint is my favourite for nail polish.
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    1. It's one of my favourites too, I love pastel nails I think they look best with my skin tone and they're always pretty colours x

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  7. I don`t own a mint polish or anything that colour yet, but I do love, so I just might get one. I like the most Revlon, Minted and Barry M, Mint Green from your collection :)

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    1. Have a look on Fragrance Direct, I got Minted and lots of other Revlon nail enamels for £1 each! :) x

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  8. Mint is such a lovely color and there are still subtle differences between the shades :o). Xx

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    1. This is my argument if anyone tells me I have excessive amounts of anything- the subtle variations do make all the difference! lol xx

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  9. Definitely like the Revlon Mint shade the best! Mint is such a perfect summer colour.

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  10. i love the look of revlon minted! x

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  11. I love the look of Barry M Mint Green. My Favourite Mint green nail polish has to be OPI Mermaid's Tears - gorgeous.

    - Rhi | Beauty Bucket List

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  12. I have both the Barry M nail varnishes and out of the two I prefer the 'Ridley road' one - I love the. Texture :)

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  13. I was so close to buying Revlon's Minted shade! Kind of gutted that I didn't, it looks lovely! Xx

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  14. They are all really pretty! I love the Barry M shades :)

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  15. I love mint nails, they just look so glamorous. The Revlon shade is fab, I have the Maybelline Mint polish and love it.

    Belle x
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  16. I am in love with mint green nails! especially for spring and summer which will be something I miss now were going into autumn :( I recently got barry m's mint green and I have loved it aswell! xxx
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  17. Mint is my fave nail colour! I love Ridley Road, but Mint for Life is also a good one!!

    xx

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  18. Love minty shades. I really like Ridley Road too, but without the texture, as I'm not a textured polish kind of person. I currently have Mint Candy Apple on my nails :D

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  19. Ridley Road is lovely, my favourite mint shade is MUA's Pistachio Ice Cream - I've been wearing it basically all summer :)

    Abby xo | teenagelovesxo.blogspot.com

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  20. Great post! I love mint nails. Essie Mint Candy Apply is my fave (although I own the one with the older thinner brush :( ... Max Factor Cool Jade and Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Greenberry are two other great mind shades! xxx

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  21. I just had a slight shock seeing mint polishes and no Essie Mint Candy Apple! Not that that's a bad thing, it's just bloody everywhere! I love this post, great to see similar colours in a variety of price ranges.

    Molly xx
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  22. MY favourite is definitely Maybelline's Mint for life :) I love the look of the Revlon polish, will need to buy it :)

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  23. I love mint shades. I'm heading more towards Ridley Road because of it's quirkiness. Minted and mint green look almost identical.

    Kate | Sparkle Dust x

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  24. I'm wearing Ridley Road at the moment and I absolutely love it!

    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams
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  25. Barry M have the nicest nail varnishes, I wish I could afford to have every single one of them! Mint Green is deffo my favourite! <3
    xxx

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  26. Love mint :) I like the textured one !

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  27. Love these shades! looks so nice on the nails x

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  28. I am really impressed by the Asda one. I found you from the BBloggers global hop and have followed you through bloglovin.

    Karen x
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  29. I'm with you on the Barry M textured one - gorggggeous colour but would be so much more appealing in a Hi-Shine finish ahh <3
    Beautiful colours all over though it has to be said haha - love a bit of mint!

    Holly Mixtures
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  30. I'm with you on the Barry M textured one - gorggggeous colour but would be so much more appealing in a Hi-Shine finish ahh <3
    Beautiful colours all over though it has to be said haha - love a bit of mint!

    Holly Mixtures
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  31. Love mint nail polishes:) Great post! Have a look at my blog at http://beyoutifulbeautyblog.com

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  32. I love George Smarty Pants, I've worn it over & over!
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