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My Top 10 Interview Polishes (+ where I’ve been)

Hello everyone! I am so so sorry for my absence but I promise that I have had good reasons (which you might have seen if you follow me on facebook). Basically I went to my sisters for 2 weeks, came back and a week later got really ill with stomach flu and was miserable and not able to do ANYTHING. I finally got back on my feet on Monday but I have spent all week interviewing for new jobs and catching up with my work which has just meant I have been super tired and not had the time I would like to take for blogging. I don’t like to force things or rush things because it’s not worth it for me or for you. I am really sorry for the break, in the last two years I haven’t taken that many breaks in blogging and that’s because it means a lot to me and it is something I always make time for; thank you to everyone who has been following the blog and has stuck with me.  ANYWAY, I am back and I was going to wait until Monday to get going but I have some time today and decided to hop on over here.

So, in the last three days I have had three interviews and all for corporate style jobs which has meant going more conservative and formal with my nail choices – that said, I didn’t wear a nude polish to ANY of my interviews. It did get me really thinking about my stash though and I thought I’d share with you my personal picks from my stash for formal corporate interviews.

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First things first: I didn’t go for nail art – I think you could, it would need to be subtle though but definitely for first round interviews my preference is for plain nails that being said I am definitely not afraid of different finishes for these interviews. One other thing is that outfits and complementary nails are important to me as I want to be a package and show I am put together but I’ll try and show examples and explain alongside my choices.

1) Neutrals with a twist

Neutrals

Plain nudes and neutrals are a perfect choice for interviews – let’s face it that is your nails but better. Being the nail polish addict I am, I have a lot of slightly alternative choices. My neutrals do lean towards the gold end of the spectrum, obviously if you don’t like gold then head for the silver end.

Neutrals2Butter London Wallis – this is the darkest of my choices and a very unique polish with it’s tarnished gold appearance and olive green base. I think this is a accent polish for dark suits – luxurious and different without being obnoxious.

OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby. – the satin finish of this gold shimmer polish really softens the look and adds dimension to a very neutral choice. This is flattering on all skin tones and will work with nearly every outfit.

Essie Penny Talk – rose gold metallic adds a reflective feminine touch to nails, perfect amount of shine and colour without being blingy.

China Glaze Fast Track – neutral/nude beigey base with golden shimmer for a little bit of je ne sais quoi when it catches the light. Like the two above this is going to work with nearly every outfit you could throw together.

2) Classic Nail Polish Colours (aka red and pastel pink)

This category basically comes down to which are your signature shades for this category, my personal choices are:

10172841_10152769400776283_3319479576545278720_nOPI Skyfall – Darker red with some brown and wine undertones. I am nearly halfway through my bottle and will be sad when it is gone. HOWEVER, there are a lot of similar shades out there by lots of different colours. Very much a part of that oxblood trend from a couple of years ago. . oddhandsI wore this to both my Tues and Weds interviews with a black and white ensemble and failed to take any pictures so thank you to Cath from NailTheDay for letting me use her swatch picture to show you.

OPI Steady As She Rose (photographed next to OPI Casino Royale) – this is a super dusty pink with slight taupe undertones, I just find this really flattering on my skintone and always choose it over more standard pastel/baby pinks. Mod About You did come in a close second here – slightly less dusty pink with a lot of white in its base.

3) Pop of Colour

BlueMani2This is a very outfit dependant category for example there are a lot of brighter oranges and similar tones in stores at the moment so this is a great time to put the stash to work and find some matchy matchy! For my colour pop picks I did just look at a couple of blues as I think this are more classic corporate pops of colour and also are on trend for April.

Nails Inc Baker Street – easily the brightest shade I have chosen for this post this is a really amazing blue which is flattering on everyone and will add dimension to many formal ensembles. ChinaGlazeBohoBlue1There are similar shades out there including the much heralded Sally Hansen Pacific Blue but this is my choice and it is relatively easy to get your hands on a bottle as this is one of the colours that Nails Inc are known for.

China Glaze Boho Blues – the newest release on my list this is a really good blue toned periwinkle shade that I think would be great with a lighter grey suit. It is very inoffensive as a more coloured choice and I think has a kind of calming effect to it which is perfect for nerve wracking interviews.

4) Alternatives to Black

NeinneinOPI Nein Nein Nein, Ok Fine! – this is a wonderful dark grey with some green undertones. Not much to say about it other than it is a great alternative to black and I feel is a really strong formal shade. SO many greys out this year that again this comes down to personal preference and what works for you.

NotLikeMoviesOPI Not Like The Movies – this duochrome kind of comes out of left field but the colour shift is delicate and although “different” does have a neutrality to it which keeps it from dominating your look. I wore this to an interview with a company based in the automotive industry – hopefully it channels the metal and industrial vibe while keeping that softer feminine touch… hmm maybe over thinking it. It really went nicely with the green accents in the dress I was wearing for this interview though. Comparatively I suppose it’s not close to black at all…

Other options here are vampy shades – super dark blues, purples, reds as is your personal preference. Just remember with dark colours your application needs to be on point – take the time with your clean up as all the mistakes will show and can make you look less polished (err.. in the non nail polish sense).

What are your favourite polishes for interviews or work? I would love to hear your suggestions. I just had a phone call as I was editing pictures for this and I have a second interview for one of the jobs EEEEK.

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36 comments on “My Top 10 Interview Polishes (+ where I’ve been)

  1. Tracey
    May 8, 2015

    Good luck with your interviews, and so glad your feeling better.
    Great choices of colours for your nails 🙂

    • Pocket Money Polishes
      May 9, 2015

      Thank you so much Tracey! Expect to be consulted for options on the next round of interviews 😀

  2. Jenny Olesen
    May 8, 2015

    Excellent choices! I’m glad you’re feeling better and good luck with your interviews!

  3. Amanda
    May 8, 2015

    Glad to hear that you’re feeling better! Great choices in interview colors!

    • Pocket Money Polishes
      May 9, 2015

      Thank you Amanda – I am so glad to be feeling better too. I am the WORST ill person in the world.

  4. Lisa N.
    May 9, 2015

    Great picks for your interview colors. This is going to be so helpful for me since if I don’t score a job at my office practicum, I’ll be job hunting soon.

  5. loveforlacquer
    May 9, 2015

    These are all amazing picks!!

  6. Sumeet
    May 9, 2015

    Wonderful picks! I love Penny Talk too! Good luck for your interview 🙂

    • Pocket Money Polishes
      May 9, 2015

      I might wear Penny Talk for my next interview actually – it’s just so stinking pretty.

  7. acidicice
    May 9, 2015

    I work for a corporate, but am fortunate not to have any restrictions on my nail choices. I’ve been into polish for just over 2 years and haven’t been for an interview yet, but would probably lean into nudes with plain nails. Yawn.

    • Pocket Money Polishes
      May 9, 2015

      Hehe there’s nothing wrong with a classic nude at all – I definitely dug out OPI Tickle My France-y just in case I decided against these options for any reason. It’s great that you can wear what you like at work!

  8. Tiffany
    May 9, 2015

    Great post and I love your choices!
    Glad you are feeling better, and hope you ‘nail’ that second interview!

    • Pocket Money Polishes
      May 9, 2015

      Haha!!! Thank you Tiffany. I am really nervous about it actually – first interviews don’t make me nervous but second ones eeep.

  9. Manna
    May 9, 2015

    I love the first one. Good luck with your interviews!

  10. Blingfinger
    May 9, 2015

    What a great theme! Never feel guilty of taking a break from blogging, especially when your sick!

    • Pocket Money Polishes
      May 9, 2015

      Aww thank you – I know I shouldn’t but I do. Definitely glad to be back up on my feed now though.

      Maybe I will do a part two to this post down the line…. top 10 polishes for the first day of work?

  11. lastcontrast
    May 9, 2015

    All depends on your sort of workplace, but I like a neutral like Butter London Yummy Mummy, or a pink like OPI Steady As She Rose 🙂

    • Pocket Money Polishes
      May 9, 2015

      It is 100% dependant on where you’re working (or in this case interviewing) definitely – I love your choices 😀

  12. Polished Hippy
    May 10, 2015

    So fun to see your take on interview colors! Boo to being sick but glad you are feeling better now. Good luck with the search!

    • Pocket Money Polishes
      May 10, 2015

      Thank you lovely! Getting kind of nervous now – starting to feel like I am on The Apprentice with all these rounds 😛

  13. Sasha
    May 10, 2015

    Congrats! I hope you get the job.

  14. Amy
    May 11, 2015

    Good luck on interviews, I know how stressful that process can be. If it were me, I’d wear all these colors on interviews, except the blues. 😉

    • Pocket Money Polishes
      May 11, 2015

      Glad you agree with the list (except the blues). The blues are definitely VERY outfit dependant but I have noticed so many pops of colour in corporate wear lately I thought it would be good to include.

  15. nakedwithoutpolish
    May 11, 2015

    Nein! is one of my all time faves! glad it made your list.

  16. karen
    May 11, 2015

    I really enjoyed this post. I’m glad you’re feeling better and interviewing!

  17. Savannah
    May 12, 2015

    You’re brave! I’m always so conservative with my interview polish choices. I also forgot how stunning Skyfall is. It’s beautiful on you!

  18. roselynn787
    May 12, 2015

    Fantastic choices for an interview. Personally I always wear a wine color for an interview, I feel like it gives me that bit of confidence to boot.

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