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Oh Mumsnet S&B Jury: Navy nail polish - yay or nay?

(25 Posts)
tulpe Sat 24-Oct-09 15:09:06

Have just painted my nails in what I thought was a gorgeous shade of rich deep navy. Am now wondering if, in fact, I am at least 20 years too old for this shade (am 38).

What say ye, oh MN sartorially wise ones?

JANEITEPatrickNormanMcHennesy Sat 24-Oct-09 15:11:59

I say yay. I have some and love it.

JANEITEPatrickNormanMcHennesy Sat 24-Oct-09 15:12:27

Although according to Chanel one should be wearing green this season.

tulpe Sat 24-Oct-09 15:15:40

blush am so not down with the kids blush How could I get my colours so horribly wrong for the season??!!

VerityBrulee Sat 24-Oct-09 16:09:07

I love navy nail polish, but I can't wear it.

I think it depends in your skin really, I have VERY pale skin and navy looks a bit ghoulish on me, I'm better off with deep red.

But if you have a little more colour than me, I think it looks great.

tulpe Sat 24-Oct-09 16:26:30

The longer I keep it on the more I like it. Also added another coat and that seems to have made a difference too - less 6th form and more polished sophisticate......

Despite being pale-ish, navy always enhances my skin tone. The shade I have is a cheapy 17 one and is very sapphire rather than dull navy.

VerityBrulee Sat 24-Oct-09 16:32:59

It sounds great, I might nip out to the chemist if the rain and gale force winds die down. I am never in the house on a Sat afternoon, I should be wandering round nice shops now, but the weather is urgh, so I'm in bed with a hot choc and MN smile

EldonAve Sat 24-Oct-09 16:33:35


MadameCastafiore Sat 24-Oct-09 16:46:50

YSL do a grey oe that is all the rage at the mo - I treated myself for a wedding and everyone commented on it.

Am off to the chemis on Monday me thinks to have a go with the navy!

I am 35 and feck those who say we are too young for frivolous colours on our fingers!

littlerach Sat 24-Oct-09 17:39:28

Oooh Janeite, I have green.

It makes me look slightly mouldy htough, I htink.

I would like a nice dark blue.

Fleecy Sat 24-Oct-09 18:05:28

I love navy nails - go for it. Am also in my thirties.

LetThemEatCake Sat 24-Oct-09 18:17:42

Am 36, wore navy all summer until September when I felt the need to revisit red. No way are you too old, it's the grown-up, less gothy black.

MissWooWoo Sat 24-Oct-09 18:17:53

a big YAY

CherylVole Sat 24-Oct-09 18:18:17

i liked it but found that a dark berry suited my skin tone better

CybilAviationAuthority Sat 24-Oct-09 18:19:01

navy? yay, verily yay

JANEITEPatrickNormanMcHennesy Sat 24-Oct-09 19:17:24

I quite fancy some grey.

CybilAviationAuthority Sat 24-Oct-09 19:20:36

grey is hard to wear unless you are going for 'mortuary chic'

JANEITEPatrickNormanMcHennesy Sat 24-Oct-09 19:22:26

I seem to be always going for graveyard chic, I must admit - a relic from my goth days I think. And I am blessed with natural pallor.

frakula Sat 24-Oct-09 19:51:58


PumpkinProject Sat 24-Oct-09 22:17:11

I've got grey, navy and green - does that mean I am fashionable...[hmmm] unlikely.

Navy looks very polished and smart, I like it. Grey is great, I actually do feel very trendy wearing it. Green makes me look like I'm auditioning for the musical wicked, so disappointed.

Complete fave is diabolique by chanel. I was beginning to find rouge noir wasn't dark enough shock, this is darker than that without being black. Really recommend it to all!

tulpe Sun 25-Oct-09 13:11:38

Thanks all Am now deeply in love with my navy nails and will make sure I use this shade more frequently.

Out of interest, which nail polish brand do you mostly use?

I am a bit of a cheap skate with nail polish and tend to go for Rimmel or 17 (clearly trying to relive my teen years ).

Are the more expensive polishes worth the dosh? How do they differ from cheaper versions?

Also, are the likes of Chanel etc as good as specialist makes such as OPI?

frakula Sun 25-Oct-09 13:17:15

I use Nails Inc stuff but also have some cheapy brands.

LibrasBiscuitsOfFortune Sun 25-Oct-09 14:11:10

Would never wear it myself but love it don't think you are too old at all.

pointsmakeprizes Sun 25-Oct-09 18:56:19

I just tried a black gold one from MAC today - was wondering if I'm too old to pull it off too - am 34 - love the colour but not sure if I should go back and buy it. I usually go for rimmel or maybelline type ones and i have to say - this one went on far better - dried quicker and feels like it's more chip resistant so I would definitely think that the MAC ones are worth paying extra for in future.

PumpkinProject Sun 25-Oct-09 19:59:57

I have some chanel ones that are 6 years old and are still great, I can't say that about rimmel or even nails inc, so I think they are worth it if you like the colour. However I always make sure I get some samples (hand cream, perfume, etc) to try to justify the price.

Barry M are the best cheap ones I've found. Lots and lots in a bottle, great selection of colours and really cheap.

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