I read a lot of nail polish blogs, most of them written by other nail polish enthusiasts like me. The concept I come by most often is ... untried nail polishes! Whether it's a collection of 150 polishes or 1,000 polishes, those untrieds are bothering most of us. So much polish, so little time (and only 10 fingers)!
From time to time I get overwhelmed with my pile of untrieds, too. There weren't that many on my list, only 57 as of January 7. I also encounter another "problem" - that is, I would really like to have proper swatches of my whole collection up on Chester's Drawers. I know there are several polishes which need reswatching as they date back to the beginning of my blog and I didn't really know what I was doing. But that's a project for another winter! :D Right now I have set myself up to the task of swatching and photographing all those polishes which aren't yet clickable in my list of Chester's Drawers.
All of this has inspired me for today's post - a "behind the scenes" with lots of pictures.
First I dug out all my untrieds and unbloggeds from their Helmer drawers and ammassed them all in one place.
Now, that's a lot! 97 polishes which I either haven't swatched or blogged about.
The next step was sorting them by color family.
In these piles were a lot of layering polishes - glitters, sheer shimmers, duochromes, you know? So I let them stand up and tried to find suitable and interesting base colors for them from the untrieds piles. I also separated the shade shifters from the piles as I already had special plans for them.
|Possible layering combos|
After that there is no rhyme or reason to my swatching. Whatever catches my eye is the one I swatch or wear for the week.
The above pictures were taken in early January. Now at the beginning of March the head count says I still have to swatch 81 polishes. Quite a few new polishes arrived in the meantime so if I hadn't bought anything in the past 2 months the figure would be lower. 81 polish is still a lot of work *le sigh*
How do you handle the pile of untrieds?