Nail Polish Minimalism + Current Favourite Shades

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Ever since I was a child, I've always been a little bit obsessed with nail polish! I used to get my mum to buy all of the Sabrina The Teenage Witch magazines as they came with free makeup each month and I had the lot! I also used to raid my aunties and mum's makeup stash to play with makeup and look at the pretty nail polish. However, now I'm sticking to a more minimal, paired down makeup and beauty collection, I'm more selective about the products I own and want to use.

One of the main points that has helped me slim down my beauty collection as a whole, is to really look at the products, shades and finishes I was actually using and loving and getting rid of the shades and products that I wasn't. For example, I had so many hot pink and blue polishes that I used to love but now, they're not for me and I tend to stick to neutrals, nudes, greys and occasionally glittery shades and pinks.
I was very kindly sent two gorgeous shades that are so perfect for my capsule nail polish collection! They are the *Leighton Denny High Performance Nail Colour Polishes (£12, 12ml) which claim an advanced wear time and a glossy finish chip resistant finish, all without those nasty ingredients that are sometimes found in nail polishes such as formaldehyde.

First up, the *Leighton Denny High Performance Nail Colour in Zero Gravity which is a gorgeous cool grey shade that would be perfect as an everyday shade. I adore grey nails all year round, to me they just look so chic, polished and gorgeously understated. The swatch of the shades above are all just one thick coat so you can see how pigmented it is although I always use two coats for the maximum pigmentation. The formula is really smooth and easy to apply and although it can look a little patchy when it's applied, it evens out as it dries to give a consistently even finish.

Now onto the fun polish, the *Leighton Denny High Performance Nail Colour in Twinkle Twinkle which is such a cute name! I love the look of glitter polishes, growing up they were the only shades I wanted to wear but now, they aren't usually worth the hassle of removal. However, I do like to apply a coat of glitter to an accent nail sometimes and this one is so pretty. The various sizes of glitter combined with the iridescent shine, makes it looks almost galaxy like on the nails. Glitter is never going to be as easy as regular nail polish to apply but it looks so damn pretty! Although, having a browse on the Leighton Denny website, I've noticed that they make an easy peel base coat than can be used with glitter so I'll have to look into it as that would solve my glitter polish problems!

Overall, both shades are just perfect for my capsule nail polish collection and I know I'll get so much use out of them, especially the Zero Gravity shade. The formula is smooth and easy to apply, it dries fairly quickly and while the longevity isn't incredible, it lasts for about four days on me (with a base and top coat) before it starts to chipping. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

What do you think of these shades? Have you tried any Leighton Denny polishes? 


  1. These are both lovely shades, I'm a real nail polish freak!! And anything sparkly pulls me in too :) xxx

  2. I love the look of these shades, particularly the sparkly one. These look perfect for everyday wear and are definitely colours I would get a lot of use out of.

    Kristy |

  3. They're both such pretty polishes xx

  4. I have quite a few Leighton Denny shades, they are as fantastic as the man himself x

  5. This seems two nail polishes make for the prettiest combo

    Beauty Candy Loves

  6. I like them both together, such a pretty combination x

  7. I've never tried any Leighton Denny products but I love the shades you chose.

  8. I love these shades! Grey is such a nice nail shade - so understated and simple!

    Georgia x

  9. I've never tried any Leighton Denny nail polishes but this duo seriously tempts me! The grey is stunning! xx

  10. These are such a lovely combo. I love a bit of glitter! Leighton Denny polishes are fab x

  11. Such lovely shades both alone and combined x

  12. You chose well! These shades are lovely - I have a few of the LD polishes and they are great x


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