Painting my nails is my favourite part of the week. I usually do them around two or three times a week, I curl up on my sofa with all the supplies I could possibly need, put on a good TV drama and take my time creating something that’ll make me feel good. 

Out of all the pockets on my hanging nail storage unit, the coral/orange pocket is one of the most full. So I grabbed some of my favourites and created a subtle ombré effect, going from darkest to lightest. 

If you asked me what my favourite colour nail polish is, I would never think to say coral, but actually four of the polishes I used here are some of my all time favourite colours. Clinique ‘Happy Heart’ mentioned in this post is the most gorgeous fire cracker red/orange and is very similar to Essie ‘Meet me at sunset’. ‘Cute as a button’ is a pretty pink and ‘Tarte deco’ is a lighter peach version. For the little finger I needed a really light colour so that the overall ombré look would be noticeable, so I used Barry M ‘Peach Melba’ which is the perfect soft peach. 

What do you think of this nail look? Is it something you’d try yourself? 
Clinique ‘Happy Heart’* | Essie ‘Meet me at sunset’ | Essie ‘Cute as a button’ | Essie ‘Tarte Deco’ | Barry M ‘Peach Melba’ 

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80 Responses

  1. They look amazing, the colour combination looks so pretty 🙂

  2. Anna Blush says:

    I really love these colours, very pretty for Spring 🙂

  3. Valérie says:

    I really like it! I’m obsessed with coral colours, especially as lip products, but I’m loving these ones as well!

    Great post!


  4. Josie says:

    This is such a pretty look! I’ve had my eye on tart deco for so long now x

  5. It looks amazing! i really want to try essie cute as a button!

  6. Jade Hardy says:

    This looks so good, quite subtle but effective! I’m going to have to have a rummage through my nail varnishes now 🙂 xx

  7. Genevieve says:

    I would of never thought to do this! They look beautiful!

    Genevieve x

  8. Daria says:

    This is so cool! I’ll do it as soon as I’ll have 5 different shades of coral/red haha 😉 xx

  9. Mira says:

    Beautiful color combo <3



  10. Maddy says:

    I love all these colours, I don’t think that I would have all the right colours though! Maybe I could add white to them? xxx

  11. Zo Bloggs says:

    This looks great! Totally wishing we had Barry M here in Australia because I am totally loving the Peach Melba colour.

    Zoe x

  12. siddalee says:

    Love this look so much!! Not sure I have five shades of the same colour to recerate it…better getting polish shopping!!

    Nancy |

  13. Tanya says:

    I am completely in love with this nail look but I don’t have enough nail polish shades! Great post. x

  14. I love all of these shades but probably not brave enough to wear them all together, will probably stick with one at a time. Cute as a button is next on my to buy list. Coral nails are my favourite!

  15. I used to do this all the time last Summer but always found I had to take it off after one day as the cheaper polishes tended to chip quicker than the rest! You’ve made me want to try again though – lovely shades. Tart Deco is my favourite Summer shade!


  16. Nicol says:

    ive been meaning to try this! the shades are gorgeous


  17. Hihi, I love how it looks! And ‘Tart Deco’ and ‘Cute as a button’ are some of my favorites!

  18. The conclusion I made from this post: I need to buy more nailpolish that it is enough to make ombre! 🙂

  19. This is a really good idea! I really want to buy some more coral nail polishes as well so this has come in handy!


  20. This looks lovely. Must try ombre nails, although with my nails polish collection, it’ll be with red or nude shades 🙂

  21. makeup lover says:

    They look FAB! I would of never thought to do this but it looks perfect for summer and spring.
    Amy |

  22. Stefanía says:

    This is so pretty! I once tried to make that kind of ombré on my nails but it just looked ridiculous but yours turned out so fabulous!! 🙂

  23. Liora Tamam says:

    This looks so pretty! Definitely something I want to try. I’ve seen quite a few people do it with blues too! xx

  24. Aggie Hamill says:

    Love it! Coral colours on nails is one of my favourite looks 🙂 x

  25. Gita says:

    “Cute as a Button” looks so nice, I gotta get my hands on that one :)!


  26. Louise Lam says:

    This looks really nice! Love the shades you’ve used.

    dreamdustx | Urban Decay Giveaway

  27. Huyen says:

    so inspired by this ombre nail look, I will definitely give it a try!


  28. They look great, will definitely be trying this! x

  29. Amy Taggart says:

    I love Ombre – So cute 🙂


  30. That is beautiful! You’d have to have a pretty big collection to be able to do this without buying new polish 😀 xxx

  31. Amelia says:

    How cute is this?! It’s something I’m sure I could pull off with my current polish collection, but I would have never thought of it. It looks super springy as well! xx

  32. Aislinn B says:

    So pretty. I’m not usually a fan of ombre, but I really like this combination of colors.

  33. Jayde Paris says:

    Hey! This looks awesome – definitely doing mine, probably in pink ha ha. Never thought of doing this, subtle but lovely. Thank you for posting.

    Lots of love.

  34. Kate Cleary says:

    Thats a really lovely effect, such a good idea with any colour 🙂

  35. Gemma Oliver says:

    I love this! It looks so gorgeous!

    Gem x

  36. Anna Black says:

    Your nails are perfect! Love this idea, it looks great!

  37. Conny says:

    Love the colours, and the combination is fab! 🙂

  38. They look so cool! So pretty xx


  39. I love this, it’s so cute and perfect for Spring! I’ll definitely be doing this but I just have to see if I have five shades In the same colour range! x

  40. These are really lovely colours for spring! Going lightest to darkest isn’t something I had ever thought of doing on my nails before it’s a great idea!


  41. Emily Stoker says:

    I love curling up in front of the TV and doing my nails too!
    I might have to get Essie’s Cute as a Button now 🙂

    Emily x –

  42. alicekatex says:

    This is such a good idea!!
    I have peach melba by barry m and some darker red shade.. Shall definitely be doing this!


  43. I noticed it in your video and thought it was a really cool idea!:)

  44. Rosyieeee says:

    Such a good idea, I’d definitely do it. Love the peach melba polish, such a nice colour.

    – Rosie 🙂

  45. Love the colours 🙂

  46. Sarah says:

    It’s gorgeous

  47. Sarah says:

    It’s gorgeous

  48. I absolute love these colours inspired me to go out and purchase some too.


  49. Laura Galve says:

    Peach Melba needs to be mine!!:) x

  50. I really want to try ombre nails 🙂 they look lovely!


  51. Kassie lee says:

    your getting me in the nail polish spirit

  52. Karlee says:

    looks so pretty!

    mind taking a second to check out my blog? I love feedback!

  53. A great, SIMPLE way of doing some nail art! : )
    Must try this, I’m thinking ombre blue shades!
    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  54. flittychick says:

    Love the Barry M “Peach Melba”, that’s going on my wishlist! Catrice do a fab Coral shade as well, it’s 030 “Meet me at Coral Island”.

  55. Fay says:

    Really nice !

  56. Pippa Jones says:

    Aww this is such a lovely idea. something I defiantly want to give a go!

    Pipp xx

  57. This is like the Into The Gloss Post I saw a few days ago. Pretty

  58. Tart deco is one of my fav essie polishes, so much so it ended up in my march faves video 🙂

    Katie xo

  59. Kate C. says:

    I bought ‘cute as a button’ last summer and it was my go to nail polish colour for months!! almost finished the whole bottle 🙂


  60. Such a good idea will definitely be trying this out in various colours!

  61. Love the coral colour! I usually gravitate towards more blues/greens so i must try these.

    Lovely post, Lou x

  62. This looks so gorgeous! It’s made me want to do it immediately!

    Love the blog, Lily 🙂

    Eve xxx

  63. Stacey Ann says:

    Such a great idea!X

  64. I think its about time that Essie nail polishes come to Slovenia, as I am always jealous when I see how amazing they look. 🙂 Ombre nails are great idea for the spring! 🙂

  65. Angela says:

    Hi Lily! I featured this post as one of my favorites of the week on Lovely Llorys!

  66. Jennifer x says:


    I’ve done this a few times before and love it, though I don’t have the colors to really do it anymore. I especially loved having a yellow nail go to orange to red or pink. Fun!

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