One of the most needed tools of someone who uses nail polish is a good and reliable neutral shade – something that’s not loud, something that’s office-appropriate, and something that works. As I am just starting out in the lacquer world, I tried out two inexpensive brands for my neutral candidates.
First up: Caronia’s Touch of Tan. I found this in Shopwise for Php47.
Caronia is a pretty solid polish brand, and I have no doubts that this will perform well. The brush and formula are both good and serviceable. Let’s move on to the swatch.
It’s not a bad shade, and it seems to match my skin tone well. Topped with Caronia’s Top Coat, it was initially glossy but after it dried it turned semi-matte for some reason. I have no problems with that, except I would prefer either a full matte or a full glossy.
The second brand I tried is a rather unknown brand, Colour Trends. I found this also in Shopwise, for an almost unbelievable price of just Php20! It’s not as small as the other Php20 brand I previously featured (Sassy) and I deemed it cheap enough to buy three or four bottles of it (different shades). Unfortunately the brand seems to have only numbers to denote their shades. The one I used for this neutral test is 117.
I love the formula of the 117 Colour Trends! It comes on creamy and glides on smoothly. The brush wasn’t remarkable. Here is the swatch:
Compared to Touch of Tan, 117 is a bit less brown and more yellowish. Topped with the same top coat, it came out glossy. I like this shade more than Touch of Tan, mostly because it stands out a bit more out of my fingers. The fact that it’s fully glossy also adds to this preference. The price is the cream on top. I intend to find more bottles of this!
To conclude this post, I think I found two serviceable neutrals. I do like 117 better, but Touch of Tan still has a place in my collection.