The Pink/Red/Coral Hybrid

Is it a pink? No. Is it a red? No. Is a coral? Ummmm, not sure. My current lacquer loves that I’ve been flashing on my fingertips don’t fall neatly into a colour family at all, but sort of make a new category of their own, being of a mix of all the aforementioned shades. Bright, bold and a nice summer alternative to the reds I was sporting all winter, and the minty pastels of the past few months. Perfect for both sets of paws, I like to wear them paired with a stack of gold and turquoise set rings for a bit of holiday flavour. Clinique’s A Different Nail Enamel in Happy <3* heads up the pack and is the pinkiest of the trio. My favourite is Nails Inc Nail Polish in Portobello, which has a touch of orange to it, making it the most eye-catching. I wear either alone for a more subtle nod of colour, or over the top of a white base for some serious neon action. The Maybelline Forever Strong Super Stay Gel Nail Colour in Rose Salsa is a stunner and the hardiest in formula –  five days without even a touch of tip wear, and it’s under a fiver.

With the arrival of some sunglass-requiring brights, it seems summer has finally arrived. Well, on my nails at least… 

*PR Sample


  • Jo (Pop of Coral)

    This is my favourite nail colour! Have you tried Revlon One Perfect Coral?

  • Bella

    My current favourite fuschia coral is Chanel Fracas, and orangey coral is Chanel Lillis. I have so many lipsticks in this colour too!

  • Leonie

    Really interested in the Clinique nail polishes, are they supposed to be “sensitive” friendly?


  • Maddy Cane

    Love the maybelline colour, I really want to try it! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • I was just eyeing up the Maybelline polishes in superdrug, unfortunately they were out of this colour 🙁 definitely looking into picking this up soon.

    Anya x

  • Anna Blush

    These really are gorgeous colours. After hearing you rave so much about the Maybelline polishes I’m definitely going to have to pick one up!

  • I’m also super obsessed with coral! But it’s not a problem. I could stop anytime I wanted.

    Em x

  • Amy

    I love the Maybelline polish so much, one of my favourite shades at the moment!

    Amy /

  • Sandy

    The nails inc shade looks beauuuuutiful!! I have the rose salsa polish from wayyyy before Maybelline repackaged and it’s still going strong!


  • disqus_KqkT7hjAY7
  • Olivia S

    Portobello is such a pretty colour! X

    Olivia –

  • I love the nails inc colour!

  • ashley

    you can add essie’s ole caliente to this list

    • Janelle

      I’ve been rocking ole caliente a few times the last few weeks. I agree!

  • Jodie Melling

    I was lucky enough to get the Nails Inc Portabello varnish on my June Glossybox and I love it!
    The colour is amazing, coral is definitely my favourite summer colour this year. I have dug out my Vans Palisade Vulc pumps which are coral too.

    Jodie x

  • Alexa

    Oooh I love the look of these nail colors! Never heard of the brand before

  • Alice

    Rimmel’s 60 second nail vanish in Coralicious is a similar one in this sort of category but with a smidge more pink and it’s absolutely gorgeous! Loving these summery colours at the moment! 🙂 xxxx

  • Jayne Emma

    I really love the look of portobello, these kinds of shades are my favourite for summer!x

    – Jayne

  • Amy

    Lovely post! This shade suits you very well! x

    Amy |

  • Amy

    The Maybelline formulas are rather nice I must admit, they all look lovely 🙂

    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

  • Angela

    These are all lovely, I’m dying to try Portobello! It looks perfect for summer x

  • Celina

    I want Portobello so badly. It’s such a gorgeous summer colour!

  • jemaroons

    I’m a huge fan of this shade as well! Prettyyyyy. Drools.

  • Ash

    Portobello looks gorgeous!

  • mirjana

    you have to try essie peach daiquiri! and opi cajun shrimp! corally goodness :)))

  • modestglamamor

    I love these colours, great for summer. If you fancy seeing a beauty and fashion blog by a Londoner please check out

  • This corally, pinky red colour and orangey red are my two favourite colours at the moment, perfect summer colours. Think I might have to get one of these to add tom my collection! xx

    Heels forever

  • Megan

    You can never go wrong with a red nail. Gorgeous color selection.

    Megan @

  • Kasia Lichota

    Rimmel’s new nail polish Salon Pro has a similar shade – Hip Hop – I love it on my toes!

  • katherine.parkes

    the nails inc is beautiful! x

  • Missop

    Hello. A great fan of your blog here. Can you please tell me what the difference is between Maybelline Forever Strong PRO and the Maybelline Forever Strong Super Stay Gel Nail Color mentioned in this review? I have been trying to find out online but without any succes. Hope to hear back from you. Thanks. Xx

  • trudy

    do you know where to get all the nail polishes in the states?

  • Claudia

    Love the maybelline colour! x