Tope, tape, tawp… I always struggle with the word. I shouldn’t, because it’s my favourite colour, and by the next sentence I will have researched, found and learnt its pronunciation. I am going by the Wikipedia entry of ‘taupe’ and will remember from now on that taupe [tope] rhymes with ‘goat’. Et voila.
So, being a fan of the colour and the fact it looks really hot as a nail colour (natural, understated, elegant, chic), here are my favourite nail paints in the colour. For those of you who are unsure of what colour taupe is, it’s like a mushroom colour, or lilac-y grey and is absolutely beautiful.
Models Own - Utopia 064
This one is like a really pale lilac. I love it, because it’s quite ‘pop art’ having near-white colour blocks on your nails - without going for the tippex look. Models Own polish dries rapidly and stays on well.
Nails Inc. - Porchester Square 213
Porchester Square is another favourite of mine and one of their ‘Hero Shades’ due to its popularity. It dries quickly and stays on for up to two days - and that's coming from someone who does a lot of hand-washing! The shade isn’t too pale - more like a pastel, and can appear darker in some lights than others. I’m looking forward to wearing this one with a nude/ pale pink blouse and black & white skirt tomorrow evening at a dinner party.
Barry M - Cappucino 341
Usually I don’t go for Barry M as I’ve had bad experiences with it in the past. I always find it chips off extremely easily - it barely lasts a day. But the colour is deep and gorgeous, and if I’m not looking for a colour as deep as Chanel’s paradoxal then Cappucino does the trick for a night out or an event.
…Other good polishes for mushroom lovers: Chanel Le Vernis Paradoxal 509 for a rich, darker and purple-ier tone; Christian Louboutin Zoulou for a chocolatey brown; or Rimmel Pro Beige Style 365 with the best nail brush ever (it’s about half a centimetre wide allowing for a smooth and bubble-free application to your nail). If your looking for a really ‘nude’ colour on a white-skin tone, then this colour makes it hard to see where your cuticles end and your nails start!