Nude Nails: Get The Look For Less

By Emma | August 9 2012 | 27 Comments

 Nude Nails Trend AW12

I’ve kind of overdosed on this summer’s neons, pastels and brights and I’m ready to fully embrace next season’s nude nail trend. Some might brand it boring, but I think a colour palette of neutrals and nudes is insanely pretty, and will take you anywhere – unlike, say, a fluorescent green glitter, which might get you a few strange looks in the boardroom.

 Nude nails AW12

Predictably enough, I’ve fallen hook line and sinker for Chanel’s Frenzy, that lovely lilac/grey toned nude we showed you here. But at €22, that’s some expensive shizzle – and it won’t hit counters for another three weeks. Luckily there are loads of amazing nude shades, from peach to putty, that are both affordable and available now. Who said cheap can’t be chic?

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ONE Commander In Chic (far left) is towards the darker end of the spectrum but it’s a great taupe with purple undertones that is definitely one of my go-to nail colours (share yours here!). It’s part of the fab Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure range which are €8.95 a bottle.

TWO Yummy Mummy (above, middle) from 3-free range Butter London is another wonderful wear-anywhere type of nude, with a subtle silver shimmer. These are in and around €15.

THREE Free with June’s Marie Claire (though normally around €10.50), Ciate Bon Bon is a sophisticated mauve toned taupe that’s a couple of shades lighter than Commander In Chic.

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FOUR  Another Sally Hansen shade, Nude Now (top) is a peach toned nude that’s a bit warmer than the other shades featured here. It has just a hint of shimmer that stops it looking too flat on the nail.

FIVE I love these L’Oreal Color Riche minis and this one has the most delicious sounding name – Macaron Noisette. It’s another warmer toned nude – a shade or so lighter than Nude Now and with a touch more shimmer. It’s €7.55.

SIX Catrice’s Mona Lisa Is Staring Back (second from the bottom) is such a gorgeous polish – a creamy looking nude with gold shimmer that can be yours for just a couple of euro. We’re big fans of Catrice on – check this post for your nearest stockist.

SEVEN  Essence is even cheaper than big sister brand Catrice (Oh and psst! keep your eyes out for the relaunched color & go line with 44 shades to choose from at €1.79 each). This shade, Irreplaceable (bottom), is packed with gold shimmer and is a little stunner.


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What do you reckon, do nude nails bore you or are they floating your boat? Do you have any others you can recommend? Share ‘em in the comments!

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27 Replies to "Nude Nails: Get The Look For Less"

  • ArtDonatella says:

    I love, love, love nudes! Ciate Bon Bon is my latest favourite, stunning shade! x

  • Emma says:

    It’s so pretty Andreea, I love it too xo

  • Caroline says:

    I love nudes, I have the ciate, catrice and the essence ones. They also make a great base for nail art, nude in the office, dab on a few neon spots n ure ready for night ????

  • ZsaZsa says:

    I used to think that they were boring but recently I realised that you can’t go wrong with nude tones as you can find them with different undertones, which makes them a bit more interesting. I love the look of the Ciate Bon Bon and Sally Hansen Nude Now shades you have above!

  • lainey316 says:

    I like nudes. But then, I hate neons, greens, blues, nail art, feature nails, skittles manis etc etc on anyone over the age of 16. Some nudes work on me, some give me dead man’s hands :)

  • blondie says:

    Normally can’t take to nudes cos I don’t think they suit my skin tone. But I got the free Ciate Bon Bon & I love it under various top coats, glittery ones to jazz it up & lighter shimmer type ones for more conservative situations. It’s gorgeous under OPI Last Friday Night, makes it looks more mauve/lilac & very sparkly but still understated

  • TeaLover says:

    Perfect timing this post! Thank you!

  • I don’t usually decide to paint my nails nudey shades, only if I’ve a glitter top coat close to hand. They make my sausage fingers look even more sausage like, like BBQ sausages instead of Superquin ones… I do love Commander in Chic though and the Chanel one is bootiful, jus not on my pingies

  • Littlesis says:

    Some beautiful shades there, so classy. Like the gals, with my skintone, some nudes make me look like I’ve been smoking fags incessantly for 35 years.
    I tend towards the ‘greige’ rather than a peachy nude for that reason.

  • Littlesis, I prefer the cooler toned shades for the exact same reason xo

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