I’m timid when it comes to nail polish, always sticking to soft pinks and an occasional sassy red (just for my toes). But at my first trip to the salon for a pedi this spring, I couldn’t resist this delicious purple color… I was a little afraid to try it (what if it’s too dark?), but my pedicurist reassured me that if I didn’t like it after the first pinkie toe, she’d change to another color…
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After the sugar scrub and mini-massage and bottom coat, she applied the first coat, and I was in love. It’s not nearly as dark on as it is in the bottle, but it’s no retiring tepid lavender, either. The glimmer is subtle, and it’s eye-catching and gorgeous. The hue is all ripe, juicy plum with an under-tone of silver. It looks smashing with all shades of denim, and of course, black! But I’ve also worn this color with delicate floral prints and even bold animal prints, and it looks smashing.
It wears really well, without chipping. With an OPI clear top coat, my mani lasted four nearly a week before I needed to start over, and my pedi lasted nearly two! While that may not seem like very long, bear in mind I’m a writer who spends most of my day pecking away at a keyboard, which is hard on nail varnish. Typically, I have to replace my nail polish every three or four days, tops, so this is amazing!
This particular color belongs to the Hong Kong collection, new for Spring 2010. All of the colors are spectacular, but I like this one best, and it’s going to be hard to go back to my shy pinks and innocent clear coats…. Although, really, why should I?