A More Work Appropriate Kind of Spring: Barielle Shades Spring 2009

Sorry for my extended absence. I took the MPRE last week and then took a mini-vacation for spring break. I’m back now so normal posting will resume. : )

I like the approach that Barielle took to Spring. Now wait, before you throw stones, let me explain. This Spring collection is not very Spring-like, it’s all work-safe variations of pinks and a sheer taupe, whereas traditional Spring colors tend to be bright. Barielle probably would have gotten fire from me for releasing a collection like this with nothing more. But, Elle and Barielle, knowing best, released the Spring and Summer collections nearly simultaneously.  Together, these collections contain something for everyone and my irrational (irrational because soon I won’t be able to wear them) desire for out of the ordinary colors is well met. (I’ll have swatches of Barielle Summer 2009 soon but Scrangie already has some excellent swatches for your viewing pleasure.)

As an aside, I’m trying a different approach to my swatching. I’m going to be using for left hand for a little while in order to get swatching done a faster. I’m sure you have all noticed that I’m really behind on the Spring collections so I’m playing catch up. The added benefit is that my left hand is no where near as yellowed as my right hand so you’ll get more accurate swatches. Bare with me as I get the kinks worked out, photographing my left hand is still very awkward.


Barielle Nauti Gal is a translucent taupe with tiny flecks of translucent glitter. It’s a great professional/work appropriate shade. I’m a little disappointed in it only because it looks opaque in the bottle. I am a huge fan of taupe so I was really excited for this color only to find that it applied sheer. I love sheers but I just can’t wear them properly anymore, my nails are just too yellow. Nauti Gal applies very well. Not a streak in sight so this would make an excellent french manicure color at 1 or 2 coats. Even though it applies sheer, it is build-able so at 3 to 4 coats you get a semi-translucent nearly opaque shade of taupe. If my nails weren’t so horrifyingly yellow, this color would be stunning. This swatch is 4 coats.


Sailor’s Delight is a somewhat muted although vivid medium pink creme, very flattering. At first glance I thought it was going to be too pink to be considered professional but on my skin-tone the color tones down and the muted-ness of the pink becomes more pronounced. I suspect it might look different on girls with lighter skin. The consistency of the polish is chalky but it applies well, this is 3 coats.


Beaches and Dreams is a very light sandy-ish creamy peach creme (a little tough to describe haha). I think it might be too stark for an ultra-conservative office but it’d be perfect any where else. I really like this color, it’s like a peachier version of Color Club Coastal Creme. It’s my favorite from this set.


Skinny Dip is a delicate muted pink nude sheer. It’s perfect for french manicures at 1 or 2 coats but the color is build-able. This swatch is 4 coats with no top coat.


Sand-al Chic is less muted than Skinny Dip and more pink. It’s also makes an excellent french manicure shade but builds well. This is 4 coats with no top coat.


And finally, Shell Shock is a slightly lighter than a traditional barbie pink. It’s sheer like Skinny Dip and Sand-al Chic but I don’t think it would make a good french manicure color because it’s a little too bright. Also I had trouble with the application. This is 4 coats. The color applies smoothly but the sheerness is such that it takes some effort to build it properly.


Disclosure: This collection was sent to me for review by Barielle Shades.


7 Responses to “A More Work Appropriate Kind of Spring: Barielle Shades Spring 2009”

  1. Vampy Varnish Says:

    Left or right hand the pics still look as fabulous as always! Glad to hear you are back, we’ve missed you! The summer Barielle’s are SO cool, aren’t they?

  2. Vanessa Says:

    Hey there, I just gave your wonderful blog an award on my blog :)

  3. Kyosuke Says:

    She has a left hand !!! OMG ! ^^

    Just kidding of course, but for once it’s nice to see both hands :p Only the thumb is missing now ^^

    My favorites: Shell Shock, Sailor’s Delight, Beaches & Dreams.

    Take care Stephanie <3

  4. Nancy Says:

    Hey– glad you’re back! Even though I am a new reader, I’m hooked! You have inspired me to start doing my nails again.
    Congratulations on the job and any further bar stuff you have to do! I’m jealous that you live in Fla!

  5. Veronica Says:

    Oh, I just love these shades. Nauti-gal is my favourite. I lso had the problem with yellowing nails but I found a good remedy- baking soda and lemon juice. You just mix it together and dip your nails in it for a few minutes. Off course when they are polishfree. It worked for me.

  6. The Asian Girl Says:

    Have you tried Barielle’s Sneak A Peek? I don’t know if it’s work appropriate for you, but it’s a light silvery dove grey. I find it unique yet conservative. I gave your blog an award on my blog :)

  7. Steph Says:

    VV – It’s so awkward! Lol. It’s good to be back. I haven’t swatched them yet but I look at them longingly everyday. : P

    Vanessa – <3 Thank you SO much.

    Kyosuke – LOL!!

    Nancy – That’s really great! And thank you! : )

    TAG – I have that one but I haven’t worn it yet but I do think it would be work appropriate. And thank you! : )

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