Beauty Edit: Battle of Minty Greens


Are there many things more beautiful than a minty green nail varnish? No matter what brand I may be perusing the aisles of I am always instantly drawn to their pale pastel offerings in the green/blue category. Something about this shade stands out to me and is a favourite when I am deciding on my next manicure choice. As you can see I’ve managed to accumulate a fair number of minty green offerings and the above five are my top picks.

PinkyWhere’s My Chauffeur One of the darkest offerings that I have, I reserve this more for my toes or for the cooler seasons. Unfortunately a limited edition Essie polish I believe from the Christmas 2012 collection meaning it’s availability now may be slightly limited, but if you are able to get your hands on it I would recommend it as it’s a staple shade that I always go back to.

Ring FingerMint for Life Let’s all take a moment to look at my top favourite (or ultimate grand supreme as they would say in Toddlers and Tiaras). There is something about this pastel green shade with a hint of blue that just looks gorgeous on the nails. Easy to apply, long lasting and a super opaque finish, this for me is nail perfection.

Middle FingerMint Candy Apple When talking about minty greens most people would assume that this shade would pip the post. Unfortunately I find Minty Candy Apple to be too blue toned and the old Essie formula is just horrible in comparison to their diffusion line. A thin brush that requires three coats puts a downer on this shade for me. I may have to rediscover it in the diffusion formula to resurface my old love for it.

Index Finger – Peppermint Another budget by from Rimmel and part of their Lycra 10 Day Manicure range. Again I find this to have a bit more blue in the shade as opposed to Mint for Life, however the easy of application and formula even beats Mint Candy Apple for me. For a fuss free manicure this does the trick.

ThumbTurquoise & Caicos Finally this shade looks a beaut on the nails but is a nightmare to apply. Again, part of the old Essie range I always find this shade to look translucent on the nails. If you have the patience to apply the coats it is well worth it but I save this more for special occasions or a night in front of YouTube.

Do you have any favourite minty green nail varnish shades? What’s your favourite manicure colour?

  • thebeautymist

    Wheres My Chauffeur looks gorgeous:) x

  • Sarah Baines

    So glad someone else would say Essie’s ‘mint candy apple’ is blue toned… I was rather disappointed it wasn’t mint when I got home!!

  • Stef

    Oooh awesome post!i can’t get enough mint polish!

  • Miss Niki

    i LOVE Mint Nail Polishes! One of my fave shades! My favorite mint shade is Gelato in Venice from Julie G (Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics).

  • Katy

    Great post! I am in love with mint polish at the moment! It’s gorgeous for summer! Xx

  • Coco

    I think my favorite colorwise is Mint Candy Apple x

  • Amber Hunter

    I have a shade that I love which seems to be super similar to Mint For Life; it’s Maybelline’s Green With Envy and for a budget buy has a pretty great formula! I loved your reference to Toddlers & Tiaras haha :). Funnily enough I just did a post on pastel nails myself, I can’t help myself around any pastel shades!

    Lovely Notions

  • Erin Ortiz

    I love, love, love minty greens! I pretty much buy every minty polish I see :) I like Essie Mint Candy Apple and OPI Gargantuan Green Grape.

  • I love mint, it is probably my favourite colour. I really like MUA’s Pistachio Ice Cream x

  • Meaghan S

    Mint Candy apple is by far the best colour especially for spring time, turquoise & caicos was a nightmare to apply the formula sucked I think Essie could of done a better job with it.

    • I know I can’t get over how bad the formulation is – probe one of the worst ones they have ever made!xx