My nail polish collection is large. Polishes kept in good condition (away from heat or light) can last a long time, longer than the two years many people quote. A good thinner (I use Seche Vite) can also revive them. I have tossed polishes when thinner cannot save them or they have obviously gone bad, but it is rare. When I started collecting polishes again, I tossed all polishes older than the summer of 2013. To avoid ordering duplicates, I created a spreadsheet. Swatching them with these spoons I purchased from Amazon will help me compare the colors, finishes, and overall quality. All polishes only have one coat, because I wanted to spot the difference between my sheer and opaque polishes. We’ve all seen polishes that look dark in the bottle only to need 3-4 coats for opaqueness. No polishes have base or top coats either, because that can change the way the polish looks.
This will cover corals and oranges. These polishes look coral or orange in the bottle or have coral or orange in the polish name. They are not necessarily labeled coral or orange by the polish manufacturer and do not always look coral or orange once they’re swatched. Every time I get a new coral or orange polish, I will edit this to add the new one in. Of course, the polish will also be featured in the article reviewing the purchase. If you’d like to see any of my other nail polish colors, I also have articles for Pinks, Yellows & Golds, Browns & Blacks, Blues, Greens, Beiges & Nudes, Coppers and Bronzes, Reds, Sheers & Whites, Salmon & Wines, Purples, Grays & Silvers, and Nail Treatments, Base Coats, & Top Coats.
I photographed the corals and oranges in order from lightest to darkest and used a flash. The flash is wonderful at picking up detail and finish. The individual pictures below use natural daylight for a more exact color. When I add new polishes, I will not take group pictures again, but I will place the new individual picture in order of where it lies within the shade meaning every article will have the lightest shade first and the darkest last.
Julep Nicola is an orange glow-in-the-dark iridescent micro glitter top coat. The only reason I did not place this with top coats is because although it is sheer, this is without a doubt orange. It could easily be worn alone and thus stands separate from a typical top coat. When I used this as a top coat for my Halloween nails, it turned the white parts orange. This does not glow in the dark as well as it glows in the dark on the promo shots on Julep’s website either. There is a faint glow that is impossible to pick up on a standard camera. The finish is semi matte and (thanks to the blue glitter) is not even smooth. Another top coat would be needed on top of this to smooth it out. See this featured in a manicure.
Nails Inc Edinburgh is a clear polish with coral orange and baby blue accents designed to imitate feathers. I placed this with coral and orange over blue, because I feel the lighter color actually stands out more. Both combine to create a beautiful feathered effect. The finish is pretty rough and semi matte. Two top coats can smooth it out.
Julep Autumn is a burnt red-orange multidimensional glitter. This looks more orange than red. The finish issue matte and slightly rough. A top coat or two can smooth it out.
Julep Arelene is a frosted peach shimmer with a micro fine peach glitter. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
elf Peach is from the Holiday 2017 set. It is a creme, but it takes multiple coats to build opacity. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
Ulta Oh! is a peach with a very fine gold micro glitter. Combined with the glitter, it looks like a very pale orange. The finish is semi glossy (thanks to the high shimmer in the glitter) and smooth.
SinfulColors Island Coral looks more pink than coral. As it has coral in the title, I will file it here instead. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
Nails Inc Spring Street is a coral-pink orange creme. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
Julep Saaya is a golden apricot shimmer. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Julep Nadine is a tangy persimmon crème. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
Julep Pisces is a shimmering seaside sunset duo metallic. Depending on the angle, she can look totally pink or orange, but I see her more orange than pink. The finish is semi glossy and a little rough. A top coat can smooth it out. This was added after the group shot, so it is not pictured above.
Julep Joni is a citrine multidimensional full-coverage glitter. She is basically a burnt orange with gold glitter. The finish is semi glossy and a little rough. A top coat can smooth it out.
Julep Marjorie is a citrus orange frost with a very fine orange micro glitter. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is a coral polish that leans pink. It is somewhat sheer, but coverage builds. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
Zoya Maya is a coral that leans pink. There is an extremely fine coral micro glitter inside to build shine and dimension. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Michael Kors Audition is an orange-coral with a hint of very fine peach micro glitter. It almost looks salmon in person, so it could have easily gone with my salmon polishes. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Julep Carolyn is a melon fusion crème, a creamy orange. There is a very fine peach micro glitter that gives it a hint of coral. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Clinique Really Rio is a peachy-coral orange with a very fine gold micro glitter. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Ciate Cha Cha Cha is a neon orange crème. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
Crabtree & Evelyn Clementine is a creamy orange with a very fine gold micro glitter. The finish is semi glossy and smooth. See this featured in a manicure.
Julep Jenna is a tangerine burst crème with a very fine gold micro glitter. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Dior Delice is a coral orange with a fine pink glitter. The finish is semi glossy and smooth. See this featured in a pedicure.
Julep Sydney is a red-orange crème. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Julep April is a vermillion crème. She looks like a bright coral-orange with hints of pink. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Lancome Rouge in Love is a coral-red with a very fine coral micro glitter. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.