Monday, September 13, 2010

Review: Milani Bare Nail Polish Collection

I've been rather obsessed with nail polish lately, I think it is because fall is basically here and I love wearing darker colors in fall/winter and cannot wait to try the new ones this year!! One collection that I have liked so far is the Bare collection by Milani. I've used the Milani french manicure collections for years, I think I randomly came across it one day while I was in CVS. I'm not sure where all Milani is sold, I know for sure they sell at at CVS, so I assume other drug stores would carry it. Milani is super affordable at $4.99 a bottle. In my experience they go on really smooth and usually only take 2 coats to get the desired color. All in all a pretty great nail polish.

The colors that I have tried in the Bare collection are:

Teddy Bare

According to just about every beauty blogger or site this color is a dead ringer for Chanel's Particuliere, which was highly sought after and a favorite of A LOT of people last year. To me it kinda resembled mud so I would never pay $23 dollars for a bottle of the Chanel, but for $4.99 I was willing to give it a try. So I did, and I love it. It is a very creamy brown color, almost like a concrete shade. Hard to describe but it looks really good on, and is a perfect color for fall. Milani's Teddy Bare goes on really smooth and I liked the way it looked on my nails. It is definitely going to be a favorite of mine this fall.

Bare Necessity

This color is a very muted mauve brownish shade if that makes since, at all. It actually turned out to be a favorite of mine for right now because it is not too dark but it is also not a summery color. 

Bare In Mine
To me this color in the bottle is very misleading. It looked like it would be really pretty, it reminded me of bare necessity but a little browner. I put it on and it didn't even look like I had on polish at first. Then I applied a second coat and it looked like a clay, putty color. Eww. Not attractive. Maybe if you are like really tan or have darker skin this color would look good but it definitely did not look good on my hands. 

Bare to Wear
The jury is still out on this one. I think I like it, I've only tried it once and I didn't keep it on. It is lighter than Teddy Bare but it is in the same color family, I would say it is a little more of a grayish tone. I didn't hate it, just not sure I'm in love.

Have you guys tried any of these or heard of them??
Expect more nail polish reviews as I have seen OPI's latest collection and am dying to try a few of them. Essie also has a few that I like. Here's hoping ULTA has a buy 2 get 1 free nail polish sale soon!!



  1. I haven't seen these but I like them!!!! I have fair skin so that first one might be a tad too dark for me even though I really like it. Bare Necessity looks perfect for me though!! Are these at Ulta??

  2. Loved this post! Thanks for the information. I think I'll visit CVS this week.

    Carol-the gardener

  3. SSG- As far as I know Ulta does not carry it. I know that CVS does because that is where I purchased mine. If you don't have a CVS nearby you might try Walgreens, they usually have the same stuff. Good luck!! You'll love Bare Necessity!!

    Carol- so glad you liked them! Let me know what you think!

  4. i loved those! i just got my mani/pedi done this weekend with some OPI colors and look forward to more of your posts:)

  5. I'm getting my mani/pedi in a fall color next week! I am loving the cooler weather!

    P.S. Congratulations, you won my giveaway!