Nordic Blue

A bit of an unsung hero, Kinetics is quite possibly my favorite brand for all things nail-related. Be it the latest collection drop or just daily nail upkeep, this brand has exceeded my expectations time and time again. Think of it as a more refined and budget-friendly alternative to such household names like Essie and OPI. While a more comprehensive roundup of all of my must-have picks is currently in the works, today's post is an overview of their newest seasonal polish lineup called Nordic Blue*.

Encapsulating the Northern color palette in a collection of 8 different shades, Kinetics has created something akin to a visual journey through the Scandinavian landscape. From the rocky Norwegian terrain all the way to the ice blue sea, each shade has a small tale to tell. It's rare that I'm utterly smitten with the whole collection of


, let alone nail polishes, however there's no denying the appeal of earthy, understated shades. I've found myself reaching for

Kingdom of Ice,

a deep teal shade, way more than I expected to, and

Under a Spell

, a darker version of Chanel's Khaki Brun, is my go-to nude of the season - neutral, polished and a tad


Pearl Hunter

is another favorite of mine, as the subtle pink tone adds a whole new dimension to the crisp white shade. The one that didn't quite make the cut? A blazing hot pink called 

Power of Fire


All Kinetics polishes are equipped with a wide rounded brush, which makes the application of the gel-like formula a breeze. Two coats are usually enough to do the trick (though a third layer might come in handy when working with lighter shades), and the high-shine lacquer lasts for 4-5 days before showing the first signs of chipping. Now, the

Solar Gel Top Coat

 is something I couldn't


get on with. It certainly delivers the high-gloss effect of a salon mani, however the thicker layer of polish tends to flake off fairly easily under the strain of daily chores.

It seems that I'm still a Seche Vite girl at heart...

Have you stumbled upon any undiscovered gems of the beauty world? Do share!

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