As spring inches closer, I’m sure I’ll be reaching more for yellow nail polishes. They never fail to boost my spirits because they’re so sunny!
This might be helpful to those who have never worn yellow nail polish and are looking to buy one. Although I love yellow polish, I know that a lot of people will be satisfied with just one. 😉
I want to collect as many yellows as possible just because there aren’t too many in my stash in comparison to greens, purples, and blues.
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Yellow Nail-Polish Comparison Swatches
All swatches have 2 coats of each colour and no top coat.
The colour order is the same in this entire post.
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None of these are dupes, but going into this, I never thought they would be. However, all of them have a creme finish.
Also important to mention is that I got full coverage from Orly Spark with 2 coats, but the other yellows required 3 coats.
In these swatches, I used 2 coats. Two coats shows the colour on the nail wheel well, but on your nails, you need 3 coats to cover the nail line, unless you’re using Orly Spark.
Nicole by OPI Hit the Lights is the boldest yellow in the bunch, and it reminds me of an egg yolk. If you want something that really pops, get this one because it provides the most contrast.
Orly Spark is the monkey in the middle. It’s not loud like Hit the Lights, but it also doesn’t want to faint like Tennis Anyone? does. There’s something Eastery about this yellow. I can picture doing fun little chick nail art on top of this.
NCLA Tennis Anyone? is the palest yellow. This is probably the trickiest one to pull off because it can make some skin tones look zombie-like. On my skin tone, I think it was flattering. But for those who have pale complexions, it could look even more anaemic. (I actually like the pale-on-pale look, but I know a lot of people don’t, so I have to mention it.)
Since I’ve actually worn all of these yellow nail polishes as full manicures over the years, I can say that they all have a similar formula. As with many yellows, the first coat is streaky, but as you apply additional coats, you can build up the opacity. And then when you use a top coat, it evens everything out further.
Yellow is also notorious for staining nails. I remember having really bad staining from Orly Spark, but it may have been a base coat that let me down. And, when I wore the other two polishes, I can’t say if they stained even a little because my nails are slightly stained to begin with. I wear so many different colours, and I rarely double up on my base coat. But the base coats I use now do a great job at preventing major staining.
I hope you found this post helpful! And for those who haven’t worn yellow nail polish before, I encourage you to try it. It’s fun, and it’s like emotional therapy in a bottle! 😉
Which of these yellows is your favourite? Is there a comparison post you’d like me to do with other colours?