As an English Lit major back in school, I spent A LOT of time reading flowery fiction and pulling symbolism outta my arse. Showers weren’t merely showers; they signified rebirth. Missing the bus didn’t simply mean I’d be late for class; it foreshadowed a late dinner, which in turn was my hungry soul’s cry for real life experience! LOLZ…
Perhaps this underlying need I have to find great significance in everyday things is why the two new nail enamels in Shu Uemura’s Egerie collection (Pink and Black, $18 each) remind me of the sweet and sour sides of this crazy thing we call love.
I blame Valentine’s Day.
Are you and Cupid on good terms this year? If so, consider warm Pink, a salmon with a touch of pearl. It’s a sweet, innocent pink, like the gooey rush of getting to know someone new.
Patience is a virtue when it comes to Pink. It goes on thick and a touch streaky, but less so when I apply it slowly using thin layers until I reach an opacity I like (I used three layers for the swatch above).
Now, however, if you and Cupid are on the outs this V-Day, keep your chin up (been there, done that, homie!), and reach for Black to show the world that LOVE BITES!!
I actually don’t know why they named this color Black because it looks more like a deep gray with dainty silver sparkles to me.
I guess “black” has a better ring to it than “deep gray with dainty silver sparkles,” ha!
Semantics aside, I think the color rocks, and I really like the finish — sort of a hybrid of a jelly and a matte polish. Oh, and you know how most glittery polishes tend to feel and look gritty once they’ve dried? — Black doesn’t (the silver glitter is incredibly fine).
And it doesn’t take much to get full coverage, either. I used just two coats for the picture above.
Overall, I’m sold on both of these polishes. They seem right at home with Egerie’s ’80s rock-in-roll vibe, but if I had to choose just one, it would have to be Black. I thought it was easier to use and more unusual than Pink (but it’s a tough call!).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,