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I never wear nail polish – nope, not ever – but there are some amazing shades that give me heart eyes nonetheless.
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indie polish vs mainstream-who's winning right now

This week the Lipstick League wants to know: what new nail colours excite you right now? That's a bit of a trick question for me because, as most of you are aware, I'm a soak-off-gel girl through and through, and have been since 2010 when I first interviewed Canada's leading nail expert Leeanne Colley, owner of Tips Nail Bar, for a newspaper story on buzz-worthy manicure trends and shades.

Still, I have to say I've really been enjoying the indie polishes our Manigeek's been geeking out over in the last several months, especially those from Pahlish and Girly Bits. Their shades and finishes are amaaazing, and so much more interesting than what we've been seeing (or are still seeing) from mainstream brands.

Pahlish Ten Lords a Leaping - Pahlish 12 Days of Christmas 2017 2

Pahlish Ten Lords a Leaping

The shots I've included in this post are some of my very favourite indies from all the shades my sis has swatched. Pahlish Ten Lords a Leaping is so, so, so up my manicure alley. It jives with the silvery shades I gravitate toward normally, and stands out with its brilliant, cool taupe-y shimmer. Just beautiful.

Pahlish Gumdrop Mountains - 6th Anniversary Limited Edition Shade

Pahlish Gumdrop Mountains

This is such a pretty and vibrant jelly pink – I want it in a gloss too, although perhaps with a touch less shimmer and glitter. But as a nail shade, the sparkle and shine of Pahlish's Gumdrop Mountains is perfection.

Pahlish The Lovers 2 - Pahlish Arcana Collection Swatches Review 2018

Pahlish The Lovers

I'm not normally a purple-nails kind of girl, but I have a big ol' crush on this gorgeous rich shade, The Lovers by Pahlish. Imagine it in an empty-chevron mani – I die.

Girly Bits Slay Ghoul Slay 2 _ Girly Bits COTM October 2017

Girly Bits Slay, Ghoul, Slay

I can't even with this stunning shade and finish. Girly Bits Slay, Ghoul, Slay totally slays me. Adore. A lot, a lot, a lot. *swoon*

Girly Bits Turducken COTM _ Girly Bits LE Colour of the Month Nov 2017

Girly Bits Turducken

I'm not a bronze girl either, but this Turducken by Girly Bits has turned my head. So pretty.

Girly Bits What the El? 1 _ Girly Bits Polish Con Chicago 2017

Girly Bits What the El?

I don't think I've ever worn green on my nails. But as you can see, Girly Bits What the El? isn't just green. That shift and sparkle – seriously, what are you mainstream nail brands doing while all this is going on? Sleeping maybe?

If soak-off-gel versions of these shades existed, they'd be in my manicure rotation right now. A girl can dream, though, right? #maybesomeday

Here's what the Lipstick League is talking about right now.

Here's what the Lipstick League is talking about right now...

Beautygeeks may, given the warm temperatures promised this week, go straight for a summer bronzer application instead of a Spring glow – did you know there’s a difference?

Blushing Noir  Lip gloss that shines, isn’t sticky and gives that plumping effect we all crave?! Yes, please! Check out swatches of all 20 shades of Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss.

EauMG  Oh, honey, does Victoria have the perfume for you! That is if you like honey. The newest natural perfume from Hiram Green smells like gooey honey and beeswax.

My Beauty Bunny has swatches and a review of the limited-edition, cruelty-free Cargo Havana Nights eyeshadow palette. The colours look bold in the pan, but how do they look when you swatch ’em?

Painted Ladies  Sheila shares her complete makeup breakdown from a recent glam night out featuring the Urban Decay Backtalk palette.

Phyrra is sure you’ll love these Affordable Cruelty-Free Makeup Dupes!

Prime Beauty  ColourPop is going on vacation and Cindy's packing their new Lux Lipsticks and Vacation Palette in her makeup bag and tagging along!

Realizing Beauty  Lacquered shine, a long wearing stain, and plumping hydration all in one lip product? That is exactly what Dior is offering with their new Dior Addict Lacquer Plump.

we heart this hearts that Pixi appreciates influencers! So much so that they have another round of collaborations, including the warm and dreamy Pixi + Weylie Hoang Dimensional Eye Creator Kit.

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here).

Beautygeeks is Currently Craving a $70 CAD/ $54 USD lippie and feeling ridiculous even thinking about such an expensive item that isn’t skincare. But have you seen the juicy and glamorous Tom Ford Lip Lacquer shades/finishes?

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Okay, now you: What nail polish shades are making your heart happy these days? Are you exploring indie polishes too? If yes, who would you say is winning when it comes to innovation – and gorgeousness? Indie or mainstream?

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