The Award for the Best Nail Polish of 2012 Goes to…Color Club Port-Folio!

Color Club Port Folio Bottle

The year is not yet over but here I go choosing my favorite nail polish of 2012. There are a couple reasons for my early decision.

One is that since I did this, I cut all my nails down to super nubs knowing I wouldn’t be able to swatch for a bit. Then on top of the super nubs, my ring finger nail decided to break so it’s now a super, super nub. Nothing annoys me more than uneven nails, so I am still waiting for it to grow out to swatch other collections I am waiting on. I took these photos back in August. :)

But the second reason is that I honestly don’t think there will be another shade released this year that I love as much as Color Club Port-Folio.

Color Club Port Folio Bottle 2

Color Club Port Folio Bottle 3

Color Club Port Folio Bottle 4

Something about this multi-chrome grabbed my heart. The second I got it in the mail I swatched it and immediately was in love. I think this might be the only nail polish I ever immediately swatched and wore for a few days upon receiving it. I was so mesmerized with it I didn’t even swatch the rest of the collection! I mean I couldn’t stop staring at it. I nearly applied it again after removing it when it started chipping. That never happens.

Not only is this shade intensely multichromatic but the formula is so excellent as well. Creamy, smooth and totally opaque in practically one coat, but I used two. It’s a teeny, tiny bit streaky if you aren’t careful, but so not a big deal.

So I took 10 billion photos of it indoors with flash, indoors without flash, outdoors in the sun, and outdoors in the shade. With every movement of my hand it turned various shades of green, purple, gold, grey and blue.

Color Club Port Folio 10

Color Club Port Folio 4

Color Club Port Folio 5

Color Club Port Folio 2

Color Club Port Folio

Color Club Port Folio 3

Color Club Port Folio 6

Color Club Port Folio 7

Color Club Port Folio 8

Color Club Port Folio 9

And now you know why I chose it as the best nail shade of 2012!


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  • December 12, 2012

    Duochromes and multichromes are my favorites, so I really should try find this one! It is fantastic.
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  • December 12, 2012

    This is a really pretty polish!
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  • December 12, 2012

    Duochromes/multi-chromes don’t really look good in me. The only ones I like are 2 from the China glaze Bohemian collection and lava from sally hansen but I still don’t think they look good on me.

  • December 12, 2012

    Oh wow, this one is SO wacky and SO cool! Green and purple are my favorite colors, so I’m crazy about this one!
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  • December 12, 2012

    Great pick! I somehow forgot about this one, it’s such an usual duochrome, Color Club knocked it outta the park with this polish!

  • December 12, 2012

    That’s almost the reason why I can’t wear duochrome or multichrome polishes at work. I’d end up staring at my nails and shifting them under the lights to see them change color. Oh look 15 minutes went by without me noticing.

    My Zoya Ki seems to be the cool-toned cousin of Port-Folio. I’ll have to add Port-Folio to my wishlist and go hunting for it. I bought way too much polish for myself this Christmas and I need to swatch at least 10 bottles.

  • December 12, 2012

    Agreed, and double agreed! This shade is incredible and I couldn’t stop staring at my manicure. Its almost more of a spring appropriate shade to me, it reminds me of flowers.
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  • December 12, 2012

    No wonder it’s your favourite! The multichrome-ness in the third picture is insane.

  • December 12, 2012

    I bought this one and now I am going to put it on tonight. :) Did you buy a back up since you love it so much??? :)

    • December 12, 2012

      I didn’t buy a back-up, I’m not sure I have any back-ups of any polish come to think of it!

  • December 12, 2012

    This remindst me so much of Zoya’s Adina, just this is a greener version of it 😀

  • December 12, 2012

    I haven’t seen this before, pretty!
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  • December 12, 2012
    aaminahs mom

    O yeah, the best of 2012!! and even with next years “color” Emerald too.I have a back-up of this one!

  • December 12, 2012

    Wow! I think the exactly thing as you, this is my fave polish of the year, followed by CG’s Riveting. Purple wih green = perfect match
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  • December 12, 2012

    This really is a cool shade, sort of a mix of very “on trend” and also a bit quirky. :)
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  • December 12, 2012

    Wow, that is so beautiful!

  • December 12, 2012

    Your love of green is showing!! This is very pretty though. I wonder if it’s still available.

    • December 12, 2012

      It should be available at online e-tailers still. Didn’t come out too long ago.:)

  • December 12, 2012

    Do you remember which collection it came from? I think it is a gorgeous shade!

    • December 12, 2012

      It was their fall one called In True Fashion.

  • December 12, 2012

    I love this one too, and I need to wear it again soon!
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  • December 12, 2012

    i think that this color looks super unique and pretty :)

  • December 12, 2012

    So pretty! How does this compare to Borghese’s Stellare Notte?

    • December 13, 2012

      It’s very different from Stellare Notte.That one is less multichromatic and has green and pink shimmer. It looks more like a dark blue/grey with slight flashes. Not as intense or as many colors as this one.

      • December 14, 2012

        Thanks so much for your response. This one is going on my wish list right now! Happy Holidays, and thanks for all you do all year long. I always look forward to your posts.

  • December 13, 2012

    This is a GORGEOUS polish! It’s definitely on my wish list! Great pick for Polish of the Year!!
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  • December 13, 2012

    Interesting…it looks just like Cirque’s polish Epoch.

  • December 13, 2012

    Im wearing this right now, i think its an omen 😮 it really is a mesmerizing colour with the plum to green to gold flash.

    Best psrt is that i got it in a set of 6 color club polishes for only 10 bucks :)

  • December 13, 2012

    I love how the purple and green are both really strong! My two favourite colours!

    Multichromes and duochromes are amazing, and I wish companies would shower us with even more options. They’re truly special! :)
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