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All Lacquered Up Fanatic Favorites 2011 – The Winners

By on February 13, 2012
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Notice anything different? How could you not, ha! In conjunction with announcing the Fanatic Favorites 2011 Winners I launched a new look for ALU.


It’s all part of my 5 year blogiversary celebration, which was delayed due to my back injury. After five years with the same look, a makeover was definitely in order. I hope you love it as much as I do.

Now on to the awards. A record number of you took the time to vote for your favorite nail products of 2011 and I can’t thank you enough. With over 4,000 responses there were some nail biters and some clear favorites that smashed the competition. Keep reading to see if your favorites came out on top.

Favorite Nail Polish Color – 2011 Release


Winner: Chanel Peridot
1st Runner Up: OPI Warm & Fozzie
2nd Runner Up: TIE – Cult Nails Clairvoyant & OPI Teenage Dream

Favorite Nail Polish Collection – 2011 Release


Winner: Zoya Smoke & Mirrors
1st Runner Up: OPI Muppets
2nd Runner Up: OPI Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Favorite 2011 Nail Trend


Winner: Flakies
1st Runner Up: Accent/Statement Nail
2nd Runner Up: Chunky Glitters

Favorite Celebrity Nail Trendsetter


Winner: Katy Perry
1st Runner Up: Zooey Deschanel
2nd Runner Up: Lauren Conrad

Favorite Nail Polish Color of All Time


Winner: China Glaze For Audrey
1st Runner Up: Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe
2nd Runner Up: China Glaze Ruby Pumps

Favorite Nail Polish Collection of All Time


Winner: China Glaze OMG
1st Runner Up: OPI Russia
2nd Runner Up: OPI Burlesque

Favorite Salon/Professional Nail Polish Brand


Winner: OPI
1st Runner Up: China Glaze
2nd Runner Up: Zoya

Favorite Drugstore/Mass Retail Nail Polish Brand


Winner: Sally Hansen
1st Runner Up: Revlon
2nd Runner Up: Nicole by OPI

Favorite Department Store/Luxury Nail Polish Brand


Winner: butter LONDON
1st Runner Up: Deborah Lippmann
2nd Runner Up: Chanel

Favorite Boutique/Indie Nail Polish Brand


Winner: A-England
1st Runner Up: Cult Nails
2nd Runner Up: Lynderella

Favorite Base Coat


Winner: Orly Bonder
1st Runner Up: OPI Original Nail Envy
2nd Runner Up: CND Stickey

Favorite Top Coat


Winner: Seche Vite
1st Runner Up: Essie Good To Go
2nd Runner Up: Sally Hansen Insta Dri

Favorite Nail Polish Remover


Winner: 100% Pure Acetone (any brand)
1st Runner Up: Zoya Remove+
2nd Runner Up: Cutex

Favorite Cuticle Product (Remover, Treatment, etc)


Winner: Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme
1st Runner Up: LUSH Lemony Flutter
2nd Runner Up: Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover

Favorite Creme Finish Nail Polish Color


Winner: China Glaze For Audrey
1st Runner Up: OPI You Don’t Know Jacques
2nd Runner Up: OPI Jade Is The New Black

Favorite Shimmer Finish Nail Polish Color


Winner: OPI Russian Navy
1st Runner Up: Zoya Charla
2nd Runner Up: Essie Smooth Sailing

Favorite Glitter Finish Nail Polish Color


Winner: Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe
1st Runner Up: China Glaze Ruby Pumps
2nd Runner Up: butter LONDON The Black Knight

Favorite Neutral Nail Polish Color


Winner: OPI You Don’t Know Jacques!
1st Runner Up: butter LONDON All Hail The Queen
2nd Runner Up: Essie Topless & Barefoot

Favorite Pink Nail Polish Color


Winner: OPI Teenage Dream
1st Runner Up: China Glaze Strawberry Fields
2nd Runner Up: OPI Sparrow Me The Drama

Favorite Red Nail Polish Color


Winner: China Glaze Ruby Pumps
1st Runner Up: OPI Vodka & Caviar
2nd Runner Up: Zoya Sooki

Favorite Blue Nail Polish Color


Winner: OPI Russian Navy
1st Runner Up: A-England Tristam
2nd Runner Up: China Glaze Sea Spray

Favorite Purple Nail Polish Color


Winner: Orly Fowl Play
1st Runner Up: OPI Ink.
2nd Runner Up: Zoya Neeka

Favorite Green Nail Polish Color


Winner: OPI Jade is the New Black
1st Runner Up: Essie Sew Psyched
2nd Runner Up: China Glaze Emerald Sparkle

Favorite Aqua/Teal Nail Polish Color


Winner: China Glaze For Audrey
1st Runner Up: Essie Turquoise & Caicos
2nd Runner Up: OPI Ski Teal We Drop

Favorite Orange/Peach Nail Polish Color


Winner: Essie Brazilliant
1st Runner Up: China Glaze Peachy Keen
2nd Runner Up: Zoya Tanzy

Favorite Brown/Amber/Rust Nail Polish Color


Winner: OPI Warm & Fozzie
1st Runner Up: OPI You Don’t Know Jacques!
2nd Runner Up: China Glaze Midtown Magic

Favorite Metallic Nail Polish Color


Winner: Chanel Peridot
1st Runner Up: OPI Designer De Better
2nd Runner Up: Chanel Graphite

Favorite Gray Nail Polish Color


Winner: OPI Skull & Glossbones
1st Runner Up: Essie Chinchilly
2nd Runner Up: Zoya Kelly

Favorite Black Nail Polish Color


Winner: OPI Black Onyx
1st Runner Up: Wet n Wild Black Creme
2nd Runner Up: China Glaze Liquid Leather

Favorite White/Cream Nail Polish Color


Winner: Essie Marshmallow
1st Runner Up: OPI Alpine Snow
2nd Runner Up: China Glaze White Cap

Congratulations to all the winners. I hope your faves were triumphant. ALU readers definitely have great taste as a lot of colors and brands that I adore got your love. Later this week I’ll be sharing my picks for the best of 2011.

So did you discover any new products or colors you want to try due to the survey? Are there any fan fave colors that you think were snubbed or forgotten? If you have suggestions to improve next year’s survey leave a comment or feel free to email me your ideas.

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  1. Alisha says:

    I love the new look! Those pools of polish up on the left are so pretty!! I’m excited to check out some of the faves that I’ve never tried before. I had no idea CG For Audrey had so much of a following. I hope the weight watchers is going well and your back is better. I’m struggling with staying motivated, but lately I’ve been doing my nails instead of incessant snacking. The threat of wrecking my newly polished nails is a good at stopping me from browsing the cupboards. :)

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Thank you so much for asking. Weight Watchers is going great. I’m down 44 pounds and working towards my goal. My back has some bad days but for the most part I’m functioning normally. Wet polish definitely prevents me from reaching into a bag of snack food. Maybe we should start the nail polish diet!

      • Alisha says:

        Thats awesome! You go, girl! That’s a serious accomplishment! I think you’re on to something with the nail polish diet. ;) I’ll just wear chocolate themed colors when I have a craving.

  2. Lauren says:

    I love the new look of your site! My suggestion for next year is that you pick one nomination in each category. I think it’s great that you ask us to nominate, but it may be more diverse if one of the choices in each category was your pick. I’d say RBL got snubbed, overall. I’m excited to see what your 2011 picks are, especially since we didn’t hear much from you in the latter part of the year and I’m pretty clueless about the latest collections.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I do pick one in each category. It’s the wild card added to the top five. Though I select one from the nominations and maybe next year I’ll just throw in the one color I think deserves to be there even if it didn’t get a nomination.

      • beachgal says:

        I think for most RBL is too hard to access – too few good color chips on line, and then way up there in the avg collectors price category. it’s a great polish they do – they just need better marketing/distribution to catch the eye of many….esp those who you have to remember love polish but live no where near cities with stores. Tons of folks live 100′s of miles from stores with malls and big stores that carry RBL to even look at. Their on line presence is really hard to tell what their colors look like.

        • Keri says:

          Agreed. I love RBL and am glad I can get it easily, but that’s not the case for many other people compared to some of the larger, more widely distributed brands.

  3. Iris says:

    Oooh lots of ideas! How cool! I am somewhat surprised that Nubar didn’t make it into any of the top categories.
    Can’t wait to see your own picks! :)

  4. Charlotte says:

    Absolutely LOVE your new design! Light and refreshing – well done! And congratulations! (On the new design and the 5 yearsaversary!)

    Oh, and thank you for putting this list together! Very inspirational to see, what other people find brilliant :)

  5. Luka says:

    We need to cllectively break out from the OPI ghetto

  6. Michelle says:

    Love the new layout, it’s super cute! And Yey For Audrey as I adore that color :)

    • beachgal says:

      It amazes me how it just keeps getting so much attention year after year. I love it too so not bashing the shade at all.

  7. Melissa says:

    LOVE the new website design!!!!!!!!! I LOVE purple and green together, and this is just gorgeous! I had a lot of popular picks in the voting, but I think I am as excited by the new page as I am to see my faves become winners!

  8. Sonja says:

    I think Butter London was the only winner/top 3 that matched my vote this year. Love this annual event though, totally satisfies my curiosities about what polishers are loving!

  9. Stephanie says:

    Everything looks great!

  10. mezzoforte says:

    For Audrey again? Really? Yawn. There are betters colors from this family. I got rid of my bottle of For Audrey.

  11. Anna says:

    Can’t agree more with the results here :) Be nice to see a wider-range/less OPI domination next time though x

  12. Valesha says:

    I’ve been waiting on pins and needles for this! Pretty pleased with all of the winners. Although I think Deborah Lippmann needs more love. I think 2012 might be her year. :)

  13. Jenni Lee says:

    Wow. This is great. Thanks for an interesting survey. LOVE LOVE LOVE the new banner design. Feels refreshing!

  14. TropicalChrome says:

    I don’t think anything I voted for won :). That’s actually great news, because it means everyone else will be chasing after the stuff I don’t want, leaving more of the stuff I want for me!! ;)

  15. michelle in mo says:

    I have a tiny nail polish collection but in it, I own Russian Navy. I LOVE that color on my toes!

  16. Jessica says:

    For some reason, I can’t see the new site design! Still looks the same as always to me. Is anyone else experiencing this?

    As far as the list goes, a lot of my picks made it! Who keeps voting for For Audrey though??? Sheesh!

  17. Lu says:

    LOVE the new look!! I had fun voting and reading the final results of the Fantastic Favorites of 2011. Thank you for all that you do. <3

  18. Emilee says:

    Good to see my picks are also popular with everyone else! I think I’m going to need to add DL ATU, Warm and Fozzie and OPI Ink to my collection soon :-D

  19. Faith says:

    I don’t see the new design at all!

  20. Awesome, I loved reading the results! Justifies my need to have so many polishes lol

  21. Lisa says:

    Thanks so much for leading us! I really enjoyed nominating and then voting. I like Orly, but when you ask for favorites, then Orly never seemed to be my number 1. I still insist orange lovers should try OPI Melon of Troy!

  22. Nicki says:

    Very interesting results compared to other years – good to see the stranglehold that OPI has had previously is loosening somewhat.
    I love OPI but there are so many other brands out there that deserve the love as well. I admit to being surprised that RBL didn’t feature more, given the fanatical following on Facebook and the stellar collections Ji has released of late, but it was refreshing to see Cult Nails and A-England shining through.

  23. Yay some of my faves won!! LOVE the new blog makeover :))

  24. Betsy says:

    Many of my favourites are on this list and some that I still need to try.

    Great post! Thanks!

  25. Ter G/bobbysgeel says:

    You’ve been in my prayers. I hope your back is getting better & be careful when you go out in this Cleveland snow! I LOVE your new look! Here’s to a wonderful 2012! xo

  26. Tiffany C. says:

    I know readers are getting tired of seeing OPI in the top, but for alot of people OPI is the most accessible line next to drugstore brands.

  27. Katy M says:

    I always love this! It’s so much fun to see what’s on everyone else’s lists!

    Loving the new look. Just enough change to freshen the blog up- but still recognizable! Good work! :)

    Thanks for tabulating all of the results!

  28. Sass says:

    Grrrr…I couldn’t get my hands on Warm & Fozzie at all. Looked for it everywhere. Shame. The results are on point. Agree about 95% of the results.

  29. beachgal says:

    Lots of my votes came in tops or 2nd. I am going to try looking at these results, switching to my bottle of Orly Bonder vs. my Orly Nail Armor I have been using, not for the ridge filling, but to give a slight little neutral base shade to make my polish shade look perfectly true. Love to see some of the old time favs continuing to be favs. Not surprised AT ALL that flakies is a hit here. I have been saying for about 6 months now, 2012 was going to be the year of the flakies with us seeing many of the cheaper polish companies put them out like they have with the glitter craze. Thanks for the work you do on this each year – I look forward to it always.

  30. TieDye64 says:

    LOVE the new look. Very fresh looking.

  31. Linda says:

    Loving the new look page

  32. Kim says:

    Love the new site!! Especially the drops of polish at the top – gotta love the green and purple! Seeing how many top picks For Audrey got makes me want it even more! I can’t get it where I live, but I know I need it in my life despite the 6 different shades of turquoise I already own! :)

  33. Elisa says:

    You left out the most important category of all! Next time, add a category entitled, “Favorite discontinued polish you’d wish would be brought back” Love to get an idea if others feel the same way I do.

  34. Melissa says:

    Very nice blog. I love OPI that my favorite products,but you have many other brands,so with product that people like most?

  35. Jill says:

    There are a few winners there that I definitely need to check out.

  36. summerstormgirl says:

    Awesome and thank you for bringing us this along with five years of nail polish blog.

    Nice to see A-England and the flakies made it! I wonder what will make it this year (big glitter particles & more indie polish as a trend?), are you considering doing a 2012 Best?