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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 sheers and whites. These polishes look sheer or white in the bottle or have a form of sheer or white in the polish name. They are not necessarily labeled sheer or white by the polish manufacturer and do not always look sheer or white once they’re swatched. Every time I get a new sheer or white 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 Corals & Oranges, Yellows & Golds, Browns & Blacks, Blues, Greens, Beiges & Nudes, Coppers and Bronzes, Reds, Pinks, Salmon & Wines, Purples, Grays & Silvers, and Nail Treatments, Base Coats, & Top Coats.
I photographed the sheers and whites 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.
Sephora X Life is the Bubbles is a sheer polish with gold glitter. This is a polish from the Little Mermaid set, but it reminds me more of champagne bubbles than under the sea bubbles. The finish is semi matte and mostly smooth. A top coat will smooth this out.
Julep Coretta is a full-coverage holographic micro glitter with real diamond dust. It builds to give the full coverage it promises. The finish is semi glossy and a little rough. A top coat can smooth it out.
OPI Happy Anniversary is a soft white polish with diamond colored glitter. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Sephora + Pantone Universe Fairy Tale is a sheer pale pink. With a single layer, it looks white. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
Essie Vanity Fairest is a sheer pastel pink polish with subtle iridescence. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
OPI Are You Callin’ Me a Lyre? is a sheer peach-nude. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
Deborah Lippmann Prelude to a Kiss is a sheer pale pink. It looks more white with a single coat, but it does build into a pretty pink with more coats. The finish is semi matte and smooth. See this polish featured in a manicure.
Julep Janie is a whisper pink sheer crème. She almost looks white, but you can see the pink if you look really close. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
Dermelect Moon Kissed is a shimmering off-white. It almost has a beige effect with more coats. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Julep Leona is a diamond iridescent shimmer. The finish is semi glossy and mostly smooth. A top coat will smooth this out.
elf White is from the Holiday 2017 set. This is a creme, but it needs multiple coats to build opacity. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
Julep Marcy is a prosecco silk (semi-matte opalescent) with a silk/satin finish. It is a long way of saying she is a shimmery off-white. The finish is semi matte (although still shimmery) and smooth.
Julep Hermione is a stark white crackle polish. It did not break up as much on this swatch spoon as it does on real nails. The finish is matte and smoothness depends on how much crackle effect occurs. If it crackles a lot, it will never be perfectly smooth, even with two top coats. See this featured in a manicure.
Sephora by OPI White Blasted is a stark white crackle polish. It did not break up as much on this swatch spoon as it does on real nails (see Hermione for an example of how this breaks up). The finish is matte and smoothness depends on how much crackle effect occurs. If it crackles a lot, it will never be perfectly smooth, even with two top coats. This is similar to Hermione, but I will keep both, because they have different crackle patterns.