Curls N Pearls

Chic and Elegant Nude Nails

Every fall and winter I tend to gravitate towards dark and moody grey and burgundy tones for my nails. Some of my favorites include Essie Sole Mate, OPI You Don’t Know Jacques, and OPI Over the Taupe. As I’ve mentioned in the past (here and here), I’ve purchased the equipment and learned how to give myself a manicure that rivals most nail salons, since the price for a decent professional manicure starts $30 in my area. (ridiculous, right?)


Since I have endured two weeks with a dark grey manicure I wasn’t in love with (CND Shellac in Asphalt is just too dark for me), I was craving a drastic change. One of the things I love most about Shellac are the endless color combinations to try. I decided to go with a pearlescent nude, layering Moonlight & Roses over Iced Coral. The result is a chic nude nail with a hint of shimmer. Although darker shades have been the trend for fall and winter manicures year after year, I think an elegant flesh-toned manicure is a classicly chic look that never goes out of style. Here are my favorite polish picks for a pearlescent nude manicure.




Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer – Safari Beige . . . $22







Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color – Pearl Drop . . . $25






Butter London Lacquer – Pearly Queen . . . $14







Essie – Show Me The Ring . . . $8






OPI – Time-Less is More . . . $7







MAC Nail Lacquer – Oyster Shell . . . $15








 Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer – Bring on the Bling . . . $20


 What is your favorite nail polish to wear this time of year?

Have you ever been disappointed with a nail polish color after it dries?

Category: nails
  • Beth says:

    Christina, do you do Shellac at home? If so, what kit/uv lamp did you buy? I have been wanting to do it on my own as I do not have the time to get to the salon anymore!

    January 3, 2012 at 11:46 am
    • Christina Stallings says:

      Hi Beth, thanks for stopping by! Yes, I do Shellac at home. I am a licensed cosmetologist, so I was able to purchase the light (I use an OPI light because it was a really great sale) and supplies from a store that is only open to licensed professionals. However, I have a non-cosmetologist friend who purchases her supplies through Amazon (but I cannot vouch for her experience). If you do decide to take the plunge to DIY Shellac, it takes some practice, but it is well worth it in my opinion. I am saving money by doing it myself; Shellac manicures can be pretty pricey depending on where you live. And a manicure that lasts two weeks is great! I hope this helps! Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions. Cheers! :)

      January 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm
  • Stefanie says:

    Hello Christina! What are your top three favorite buff/pink solo Shellac nail colors? I like pink buffs or pale buff whites that cover the nail smoothly, to look like one solid color (where you don’t see the whites is the nail both by the cuticle and tips). I have tried Clearly Pink, but it looked completely clear. I love OPI Bubble Bath and the OPI Axxium Moon Over Mumbia (if that helps). But need a Shellac option!!! I don’t mind layering but I’m hoping there’s one solid color that would be perfect. I have found a few reviews about Romantique and Beau but fear they may be light like Clearly Pink. Please let me know your thoughts! Thank you!

    January 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm

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