I have a love/hate relationship with pastel nail varnish. That is, I love it, and it hates me. Every Spring I'm seduced by the rows of candy-coloured bottles lining the makeup stands, and inevitably end up making a purchase... or several. Yet no matter how beautiful pastel nails look on other people, they just never seem to work on me. I've tried pinks, I've tried blues, I've tried greens, and they all look too pale or too stark or... well, just a bit rubbish, really.
But I've recently discovered this little gem - Ciate Pillow Fight. It's a soft lilac with a greyish undertone and seems to be more muted than most pastel shades. Perhaps, strictly speaking, it's not even a pastel at all, and perhaps that's why it works with my skin tone. Whatever the reason, though, it's a lovely colour for Spring and I can't seem to get enough of it at the moment. It's hardly been off my nails this past few weeks.
I hadn't tried Ciate polishes until the end of last year, when my sister and I were given an advent calendar full of their mini bottles to share between us. We couldn't decide how to divide up the colours, so we ended up just ripping the calendar in half (amicably, I hasten to add!). Pillow Fight is one of the shades I ended up with and possibly my favourite of the lot. While some of the colours are very streaky and difficult to apply, this one glides on smoothly and tends to last three to four days without chipping. I'm wearing two coats with a Seche Vite topcoat in the picture above.
What are your favourite Springtime nail colours?