Beauty Look Book | Favorite Nude Pink Nail Polishes

March 27, 2014

I’ve been on a natural nude-pink nail polish kick ever since Tom Ford Sugar Dune was released for spring. I’ve since been wearing a lot of light and neutral pinks on the nails. For me light pink is a bit difficult to find, most are either too pale, too sheer or apply unevenly. I’ve still managed to find quite a few variations of light and nude pink with great formulas, application and wear. The colors that made my top picks:

Rescue Beauty Lounge Thank You ($20) is a nude pink with light pearl particles. It flashes blue and pink for a cool-toned sheen but has a nude pink base to prevent it from looking too pale. This color looks good on everyone I’ve seen it on. It’s shown below with two coats.

Tom Ford Sugar Dune ($32) is my ultimate perfect nude pink. As discussed in my review a few months ago, application can be a bit time consuming, it is one of the higher maintenance nudes but once applied is a clean polished neutral light pink. It is limited-edition so if you’re interested I suggest you try to track one down sooner than later.

Burberry Nude Pink and Ash Rose ($21 each) both beautiful polished clean neutrals. Scroll down through the archives (last couple weeks) to see a more detailed review on each shade.

Nude Pink:

Ash Rose:

OPI My Very First Knockwurst can be found at a number of retailers. I either purchase my OPI from Drugstore.com or Ulta. I found this to be the most difficult to apply and it required three coats. However the price of OPI is much more affordable compared to high end brands. Most of the time OPI applies just as well (sometimes better) than other luxury nail polishes. In this case, this one was a bit of a nightmare to apply. It required three coats but I love the color of this shade.

Chanel Rose Cache ($27) is a classic sheer natural pink. It has that secret-shimmer in the bottle that disappears once applied on the nail. It looks different on everyone I’ve seen but is a universally flatting easy to wear/go with everything kind of nail polish.

Dior Incognito ($24) is my favorite classic nude pink. It’s not too dark and not too pale. Just the right in between. Do note this one is coming out in the gel formula (have not tried yet). You may want to wait for that color to be released in stores near you. But for now I’ve been a huge fan of all Dior’s nail polish formulas. The application is smooth and flawless with very good lasting power. Everything from the formula to brush design of Dior’s nail colors makes application very easy.

Zoya Rue ($9) is a classic nude pink with a hint of cool-mauve. I haven’t had much experience with Zoya but the brand has performed well for me on the occasions I have tried it. Rue was part of a recent nude collection. It’s a lovely natural pink cream. Below is Rue shown with three coats.

Comparisons to other lighter pinks: OPI Care to Danse?, OPI Don’t Bossa Me Around, Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude, Bobbi Brown Pink Pearl, Deborah Lippmann Naked, Deborah Lippmann Fashion, Deborah Lippmann Modern Love, OPI Butterfly Moment, Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire and Tom Ford Show Me the Pink

What’s your favorite nude pink nail polish? Do you have any staple go-to’s? If I were pressed to pick just three, I would narrow down my picks to Tom Ford Sugar Dune, Dior Incognito and Burberry Nude Pink as my favorites.

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  • Love all the shades, but my favorite has to be the Burberry. Great photos:)

  • FrancaB

    Oh, how many beauties in this post!!!
    Since your review, I have been eagerly waiting for Sugar Dune to pop up where I live: it looks so elegant and perfect!
    I must add the RBL to the list of lemmings – I love love love the subtle multicolored shimmer!
    My personal "nude" pick is Chanel Ballerina, I use three coats, and love it's shiny and forgiving formula. It's sheerness prevents it from looking flat – I have some issues with nude shades in general; I find it tricky to find the right shade for me – but when that happens nude colors can be really flattering, making fingers look long and elegant!
    I also have a soft spot for frenzy – I see it as a "nude with a twist" (flattering and glossy, love!)

  • Beautiful post. My favorite pinky nude is OPI Dulce de Leche. It applies so easily-perfect in 2 coats. I always get compliments with it.

  • I love the Chanel Rose Cache on you!

  • Hi Sabrina,

    What a fantastic selection of nude pinks! Though all the ones you've featured here are lovely, I'm with you in thinking that Tom Ford Sugar Dune is the standout here πŸ™‚

  • Very pretty colors! I've learned that nudes are not all the same!

  • Tom Ford looks AMAZING on you! Personally, I'm still on the hunt for the perfect nude…my skin is on the tanner side so I feel like some nudes look like whiteout on me or they make me look like I have mannequin hands haha. Will have to checkout the shades you posted though, some of them look promising!

    xx Alyson
    Beauty Vanity

  • I LOVE the Tom Ford on you! Wish I could own that one but typical of me, it is the priciest:(

  • Love the Tom Ford one and the Chanel one they are such pretty nude colours x

  • Wow! Great post! My favorite of the moment is OPI Samoan Sand. I also love Tom Ford on you! Its beautiful

  • gorgeous! I'm always on the look out for an amazing nude polish! Great post!

    Angie | http://www.thefashionfuse.com/

  • Thanks for sharing us your wonderful selection! I particularly like TF Sugar Dune and Chanel Rose Cache on you. For me, my go to nude pink would be Chanel Emprise or OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy.

  • The tom ford looks great! I must try and get my hands on this! I love nudes and blacks for the cooler months here!
    Dani xo | laceandlovexo.blogspot.com.au

  • Great, helpful post!! My go-to nude pink is the d/c-ed Chanel Tendresse. It is a bit more nude than Chanel Ballerina.
    What top/base coat do you use with your Tom Fords? Thanks!

  • Thanks for this great post and imagery! I am a nude shade lover and a pink hue is always a plus as my complexion doesn't seem to work well with beige nudes.

  • Anonymous

    I love this post, it's beautiful ! I'm surprised that YSL Beige Leger is not part of your selection. It's such a wonderful colour, do you know it ?

    • I don't find much pink in Beige Leger, on me it's more beige/nude. This post focused on pink toned nudes (at least what shows up on my skin). I do love Beige Leger though!

  • Just curious as to why Dior's "Yacht" wasn't included? Not one of your favs? I would love to see how Yacht compares to Tom Ford's Sugar Dune. Thank you for all of the effort you put into your awesome blog!

    • Hi Nina, Yacht is a straight nude with grey tones. This post is about nudes with pink which is why it did not make this list.

    • That just goes to show how different people perceive color differently! Thank you for the clarification. I think you have a one of the most accurate color-discerning abilities.

  • What a great Post. I love the ones from Burberry and Tom Ford. Xx

  • Essie's Topless and Barefoot is a great nude, too.

  • Love the Tom Ford, OPI and Dior shades so pretty! Great post

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

  • My other fave pink-nudes are Essie's Topless and Barefoot, Deborah Lippman Sarah's Smile, OPI Tickle my Francey and Chanel Jade Rose. Your picks are beautiful as always! πŸ™‚

  • My very first knockwurst looks gorgeous but so sad to hear that it's a pain to apply! I think I would still go through the three coats for that shade though! xx

  • I'm not big on nude nail polish but I need one for mid-week replacement when I don't have time to go all out with a darker shade. Thank you for this post, I'll probably have a closer look at both Chanel and Dior (the new version). πŸ™‚

  • Tom ford and Zoya are so pretty. I like the shades of these for they are not too light and seems natural on nails.

  • You might also like Marc Jacobs "Fluorescent Beige"…a very pretty and flattering shade.

    Cheers, Lisa

  • Love this post! My favorite is OPI My Very First Knockwurst as well, my bottle applies just as easily πŸ™‚ For a very affordable option, the Essence Nude Glam colors are all fabulous!

  • I am so obsessed with nude pinks, this post lets me know where I can find more!