It's time for my Top Polishes of 2012! You seemed to enjoy this series last year so I thought I should make it a new tradition and continue to do it every year.
I will be switching it up just a little this year around, though. Last year I did a separate post for each of the top 10 polishes, but this year I'm just making this one big post with all 10 of my favourites in here. I think it's more visually stimulating this way and it'll be nice to have them all in one place.
So let's get started!
#10: Zoya Zuza is from the Surf Collection released this summer. It's a vibrant turquoise shimmer that's like nothing else I own. I love turquoise polish regardless, but the shimmer and vibrancy of this one makes it extra special.
Keep reading to see the rest of my top 10 picks from 2012!
#9: Candeo Colors Jellybean is a pale greenish yellow jelly base with small lime green, pink and bright green glitter pieces, as well as medium sized purple, pink and bright blue hex glitters. I think that 2012 was the year for indie polishes and this one is my absolute favourite indie that I own. It looks like speckled easter eggs! I've actually worn this manicure several times this year, and it's pretty rare for me to repeat a mani.
#8: China Glaze Love's a Beach is from the Summer Neons Collection, which is actually one of, if not my top favourite collection from any brand this year. I love neon polishes so much, and China Glaze did a phenomenal job with this collection. Truly, all of the shades are great, but this super hot pink neon with a touch of shimmer is my top pick from the collection.
#7: OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons was released with the Germany Collection and it's a simple nude creme. It doesn't necessarily seem like anything special, but it's the absolute perfect nude for my skin tone, and that's something I just can't ignore. It's become my absolute go-to nude shade and I've actually purchased a back-up shade, which is something I do very rarely.
#6: Orly Miss Conduct came out with the Naughty & Nice Collection and is a magenta pink with a scattered holographic finish. Holographic polishes started popping up a lot near the end of 2012 and that's continuing on into 2013, which I think is something we're all really excited about! This one in particular is just a really gorgeous shade of magenta that I think looks lovely with my skin colour and tone.
#5: Lime Crime Pistachio is a bright, yet still somehow pastel lime green creme. This bottle is actually a Christmas present (along with the rest of the collection), but my fiance let me swatch it early for the purposes of this post. Lime Crime made a huge splash into the nail polish community this year with their Les Desserts d'Antoinette Collection, which this shade was released as part of. Frankly, I love the entire collection so it was difficult to choose just one shade to put on this list. But I have a soft spot for this awesome green shade, so it stood out just a touch more than the others.
#4: Zoya Gilty is on the list as the best way of saying how much I love the gold leaf topcoat trend that emerged in 2012. This is the only one that I've tried, so it's the one that had to go on the list, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's the best one out there. I've shown it layered over OPI You Only Live Twice and China Glaze Running in Circles, which turned out to be quite a nice Christmas mani, don't you think?
#3: OPI You Only Live Twice was released as part of the Skyfall Collection and it's a stunning raspberry red glass fleck shade. I don't know what else to say about this besides the fact that it's just gorgeous. It's easily one of, if not the absolute best red polish that I own.
#2: Illamasqua Nomad is one of two polishes released with the Human Fundamentalism Collection and it's a gorgeous greenish turquoise creme. It's another one of those shades that's bright and vibrant, yet pastel at the same time. This shade is right up my alley and it's unlike any other turquoise shade I own.
#1: China Glaze Running in Circles is from the recent Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away Collection and this wonderful green glass fleck easily takes my #1 spot. Green is one of my favourite polish colours, and glass fleck is one of my favourite finishes, so this is a match made in polish heaven. And to make it even better, the formula is fantastic. Kudos, China Glaze.
It was super hard to narrow this list down, so I've also included a couple of honourable mentions that didn't quite make the top 10, but that I think are still worth mentioning.
China Glaze Riveting is from the Capitol Colours Collection (ie: The Hunger Games Collection). It's an electrifying, fiery orange with intense gold shimmer and a glass fleck finish. This year has made me love orange polishes more than ever before, and this polish is the primary reason.
KBShimmer No Whine Left is from the fall collection and it's a gorgeous dark plum base packed with a mix of blue, purple and fuchsia hex glitters in various sizes. Super unique polish. KBShimmer only landed on my radar near the end of the year, but I'm very intrigued by the brand. There's actually a number of polishes that I want from the recent Winter Collection, but I'm on a low-buy right now and trying to stick to it as best I can.
So here they all are! I think there's a good variety of colours, finishes and brands here!
I was surprised to see that Color Club didn't make any appearances here, but I do have the Halo Hues Collection on its way to me, so maybe something from that collection would have made it on here. But sadly, it's not going to be here by year-end to find out.
I'm also surprised at the lack of purple polishes in my top picks! Purple is one of my favourite polish colours, so I'd assumed there would be more here. The only one that comes close is KBShimmer No More Whine, but that definitely isn't a true purple, and it's only in the honourable mentions.
So do you agree with any of my top 10 picks? What's your #1 polish from 2012?