After our Top 5 black polishes, the natural follow-up has to be to the best 5 white polishes! Like black, white is a must-have colour that every nail polish enthusiast has to have in their stash. There are so many ways you can use white nail polish. There’s plain white nails, white as a base for nail art, as a base for gradients or any neon nail colour, for details and finally as a mixing component for custom colours or for ombre nails. The list goes on!
Here’s my top 5 white nail polishes:
- OPI Alpine Snow, here US $5.25 or here AUS $19.95. The whitest of all whites, this is a great all-rounder. Great as a base, on it’s own or for details. In my opinion, it’s the most richly pigmented and opaque white.
- FABY Optic White, here US $18. Another true white, similar to OPI but a thinner consistency. It’s dries fast and thanks to the refined FABY nail brush, there’s less application mistakes. You’ll need at least 3 coats to get it fully opaque. I usually use this as a base for neon or light nail polish colours, because it’s so thin, it doesn’t add too much thickness to a manicure.
- Essie Blanc, here US $8.50 or here AUS $16.95. This an excellent white with warm undertones. It’s is perfect as a nail art base and looks great on it’s own. You’ll need 3 coats to get it fully opaque. I often use it for nail art details, like here.
- Sea Siren Leucosia, here AUS $15.95. My second favorite milky white nail polish. It’s a softer, warmer shade than the other white nail polishes. It is also much thinner so you’ll need 4 coats to get it fully opaque. The formula is so great it doesn’t get thick at all and looks fabulous on it’s own or as a base for nail art. It’s it’s too thin to use for nail art details but it’s the best white for mixing and creating custom nail colours, ombre and gradient maniciures. Also, it’s 5-free, cruelty-free and made in Australia. See it in action here.
- ORLY Softest White, here US $9.90. This white nail polish with pink undertones is perfect for those instances when you need a softer version of white. Great for gradients it creates a smoother transition from white to other shades. Fully opaque in just 2 coats and suitable as a base or nail art details. If you’re a fan of Orly, check out also their true snow white – Orly White Tips.
Make sure you scroll through the image gallery above for swatches and side-by-side comparison of these white beauties.
Now, over to you you!
Have you tried any of the these? What’s your favorite white nail polish?
– Maria, xx
Want a couple of ideas of nail art with white nail polish? Here are three tutorials that might be helpful: