Summer Polish Combo: Light and Dark

I’ve been methodically going through my polishes over the summer and trying to pare down my collection to shades I truly love – my aim is to get below 100 bottles.  I’m 6 bottles away from my goal so I’m making serious progress! One of the two polishes on the chopping block was China Glaze’s Re-Fresh Mint – if you recall, in my review I found it none to flattering on my skin tone, and the formula left much to be desired. Nevertheless, as I discovered with Zoya’s Cho, which I hated on my fingernails but actually love on my toes, I gave the polish a second chance by wearing it as a pedicure, which sometimes does the trick. As we’re moving into late summer, I’m slowly incorporating darker shades into my repertoire, and I paired it with another chopping block contender, Essie’s No More Film, a polish I picked up well over a year ago in a swap but haven’t gotten around to swatching. Here we go!

Essie No More Film and China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint

No More Film is a deep, slightly dusty ‘blurple’ – it’s almost like a super-dark periwinkle shade. The first time I tried it, I thought it was one of those ‘almost black’ shades which I dislike, but this time around for whatever reason, it just worked! It never appeared black, even in dim light, and it looked great on. It’s extremely pigmented and I actually only wore it with one coat (but added an additional coat for swatches). It’s quite glossy on it’s own and applied extremely easily. This shade is staying!

Essie No More Film swatch Essie No More Film swatch Essie No More Film swatch

I felt like NMF would go well with RFM as the light and dark tones, while opposites, still somehow seem complimentary. I find as summer rolls along I really like to bring out my tan which pale shades, and emphasize the deepening light with dark shades to contrast. Check out the pairing below. *As an aside, I bought these sandals to wear to an all-day concert I went to a couple weeks back, and they are the COMFIEST EVER! They’re totally like orthopaedic shoes but I figured in an edgy metallic I could pull ’em off. I don’t even care because they are like HEAVEN to wear.

Essie No More Film and China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint combo swatch Essie No More Film and China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint combo swatch

I really liked the pairing of No More Film with Re-Fresh Mint, but I’m not sure it’s enough for me to keep the latter – though I’ve done the same with Cho and ONLY wear that shade on my toes now, I still find the formula on ‘Re-Fresh’ irritating and I’d always opt to wear a more blue-leaning mint shade (like MAC Mischievous Mint) than this, so to the giveaway pile it goes.

What do you think of this pairing?  Do you switch it up from juicy brights to something else as the summer passes? 

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  1. #1 by Tracy@Beauty Reflections on July 27, 2014 - 9:08 pm

    Dude, you could totally be a foot model, ya’ know? Man I wish my feet looked as good as yours do!
    I like the colour combo, but yeah if the mint is hard to apply toss it is a good idea.

    • #2 by Latoya on July 28, 2014 - 6:43 am

      Thanks Tracy! Except, that’s my good foot…I have a bunion on my other one! So not as nice haha.

      Yep, there’s no room for crappy polishes here!

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  2. #3 by Amy on July 28, 2014 - 2:09 am

    No More Film is gorgeous! I totally approve of passing on Re-Fresh Mint. There’s too many great polishes out there to bother with sub-par formulas! Though I do love this color pairing…

    • #4 by Latoya on July 28, 2014 - 6:45 am

      Exactly my thoughts, Amy! I figure I can get a similar look with my other mint polish though, which I like more. I’m not hanging on to any crappy polishes anymore! Be gone!! 🙂

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  3. #5 by Makeup Morsels on August 1, 2014 - 12:04 am

    I get my sandals from Aerosoles, so I am DEFINITELY all for comfort over everything. Love the color pairing and the repurposing of Re-Fresh Mint, but hey, if you don’t love it then it’s probably best to let it go. Too many other pretties to use!

    • #6 by Latoya on August 2, 2014 - 7:12 am

      That’s essentially where I’m at right now, MM! It’s not bad, but I have LOADS of shades I like better!!

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  4. #7 by Denise on August 3, 2014 - 5:01 pm

    I’ve discovered the same thing with nail polish — shades that look terrible on my fingers tend to look great on my toes, lol. I have Re-Fresh Mint and agree with you on the formula — it’s streaky and thick so it’s hard to apply smoothly. There are so many other mint green shades with smoother, thinner formulas. That having been said, I still think it looks great against your skintone, and works so well as your pedicure colour! Loving this combo. ❤

    • #8 by Latoya on August 5, 2014 - 10:47 am

      Thanks Denise! I really liked the way it looked too, and the pairing itself, but as you said, there are so many other great mint green shades out there, that I just couldn’t keep it. Gives me an excuse to buy a new polish 🙂

  5. #9 by Liz (@Reductionista) on August 3, 2014 - 10:16 pm

    No More Film is an occasional temptress for me but I’m determined to resist. And reading about your 100 polishes endeavour seals the deal for me. No No More Film! lol Seriously, we were such lacquerheads when the blogs started, but now I wish we had spent more time buying Tom Ford lipsticks or something.

    • #10 by Latoya Perkins on August 5, 2014 - 10:54 am

      I know!!!! I think in my mind it was an easy fix to indulge in my beauty obsession because on the whole a bottle of polish is cheaper than some of the makeup items I’d buy. But now, knowing my distaste for excess (and of course, fueling my love of luxury!), I’d rather spend more on less items, which may seem crazy to some, but works perfectly for me – I get to indulge but not own so much that it stresses me out 🙂

      Buuuuuuuut I will say – No More Film would look AMAZING on you, Liz! 😉

  6. #11 by talker blogger on August 24, 2014 - 10:33 pm

    I like the paring

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