I've showed a whole bunch of nail art summaries and I figured that I'd do something similar to the nail polish section, like a personal review of me looking back. If this is too much info for you to swallow I'll be back tomorrow with more regular posts.
During 2013 I've tried a bunch of new brands, some indies but also some more regular brands. For nail art it is (for me) important with cheap polishes with good qualities, I don't want to be sparse when doing nail art no matter if it's free hand or water marbling. Especially since I do it a lot and want to change often. When it comes to indie brands, where the actual polish is like a nail art it self I happily pay more. Below you'll see a few of the indies bought and swatched during 2013. And yea, I adore matte black glitter, or well, any matte glitter type as you see. ;)
For 2012 the polish of the year was Kleancolor (at least for me), the polish price combined with the low shipping fee was a dream with the quality for all polishes except perhaps the glitters. I payed 14-16SEK(about 1,5 euro, £1,2, $2) for each bottle with shipping included. During 2013 shipping increased heavily from the US so bottles can now be bought for the double if not more. My interest for them went down. About at this time a swedish brand available in stores started showing; Nordic Cap. I've said it before but the price is great; 10 SEK or about 1 euro, £0,9,2, $1,4. The downside is that the colors available are the ones found in the stores and that isn't that safe if one wants a specific color. Another downside is that I've heard a few people who have stumbled upon bad version, I luckily haven't (yet). Below are a few of my Nordic Cap, it is quite clear that I use them for nail art and not for regular manicures the majority of the time since these where my only swatches of them. Still I have perhaps x6 the amount of Kleancolor compared to Nordic Cap though.
And about trends, now looking back texture polishes have probably been the finish of 2013. And looking at other trends than texture, a large amount of the larger nail polish companies have had some "wanna-be-indie-look-a-like-polishes". I'm thinking about China Glaze - It's A trap-eze(crelly with glitter) and Whirled away(matte glitter) to name the names. And then we have many more brands like HM, W7, OPI, Maybelline etc doing the same thing.
And why not finish off with my favorite finish; duo- and multichromes. I've bought several new during the later end of this year but I've only tried a few (too few) during 2013.
And yea, if you got any questions about any of the polishes in the collages just ask and I'll answer/link to the original post. :)