Alli’s Top 10 Polishes of 2014

Alli's Top 10 of 2014It’s that time again for my absolute favorite post of the year. I love looking back at all the fantastic polishes released during the year.

This year’s list is interesting. Last year not a single OPI polish made my top 10 list; this year OPI has 2 polishes on the list. Goes to show a year can make a big difference!

I have 2 rules for my top 10 list; 1. only polishes released during the last year can be included and 2. I don’t include any that have easy to find dupes but I do include them under the honorable mentions section. You can find my top 10 and a few other things under the jump.

If you want to take a walk down nail polish memory lane check out my top 10 lists from 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.

Make sure to leave a comment with some of your favorite polishes from 2014!


PISTOL polish Blue BonniePISTOL polish Blue Bonnie: The PISTOL polish offices are located right down the road from my house in the South End part of Charlotte. I like that it’s a local company but I love that they make fantastic polishes. Blue Bonnie is a gorgeous bright, cobalt blue. What makes it different is that it is a jelly formula. It dries to a lovely, super shiny finish.

OPI Life Gave Me LemonsOPI Life Gave Me Lemons: I spent much of the spring of 2014 being obsessed with everything chartreuse. And while China Glaze Be More Pacific is more wearable, OPI Life Gave Me Lemons, from OPI’s 2014 Neon Collection, stole my heart.

Essie Fall In LineEssie Fall In Line: This is the chicest polish with a modern twist released in 2014. You know, in my humble opinion. And believe me, I never thought I’d call a green polish chic but here we are! I used this is one of my favorite nail art manicures I did over the past year as well; Essie Criss Cross Manicure.

Orly Mirrorball holographic glitter nail polishOrly Mirrorball: I wasn’t overly impressed with the Orly Holiday Sparkle collection. But, Mirrorball made the entire collection worth it. Not only is it a bottle of silver holographic awesomeness it can be used as a top coat or on its own.

Amour Whose Cider Are You OnAmour Whose Cider Are You On?: 2014 was the year of Cider. At least in my world. I got this polish specifically to wear to the first ever Charlotte Cider Fest just because of the name. I never thought I’d love it as much as I do! But holographic glitter in a perfectly fall color as a base; absolutely perfect.

Avon Stardust Nail Enamel Silver CrystalsAvon Silver Crystals: The textured polish trend definitely fizzled in 2014 but this one from Avon still has my heart. I love that it’s metallic and super blingy yet kind of a neutral all at the same time. Avon Royal Vendetta made my list last year. It’s a very under appreciated brand when it comes to nail polish!

China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose YouChina Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You: This polish surprised me. In the bottle it looked pretty but I didn’t expect the magic that happened when I put it on my nails. It changes from a gorgeous purple to a golden brown depending on the light. Just a fantastic go to polish during the fall.

OPI Snow GlobetrotterOPI Snow Globetrotter: I can’t believe I dragged my feet when it came to getting this polish! At first I just ordered OPI Comet In The Sky which, while lovely, isn’t near as awesome as Snow Globetrotter. The combination of matte white glitter and iridescent glitter is gorgeous.

Barielle Midnight in ParisBarielle Midnight in Paris: This polish had a bit of an advantage considering its name BUT regardless of the name this is a great polish. It’s the perfect metallic violet and a nice change from dark purple and black cremes I tend to reach for during the winter months.

Essie Summit of StyleEssie Summit of Style: The Essie Luxeffects collections can be hit and miss. But Essie really hit it out of the park with Summit of Style. It’s a great glitter for people who can’t get away with wearing traditional gold (like me!). I’ve been putting this glitter over all kinds of polishes and it really transforms any manicure.

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