Wicked, the musical inspired by The Wizard of Oz, holds a special place in my heart, and not just because of the cool beats (“Popular! You’re gonna be pop-u-lar!”) or the killer stage makeup (hello, green skin) or ’cause I was lucky enough to see it 10 years ago at SF’s Curran Theater before it headed east to Broadway.
Nope, Wicked will forever be engraved in my mind as the show I was watching when I accidentally fell down the stairs in the theater, exposing my naughty bits to a whole mess of strangers.
It all started with my decision to wear 4-inch heels…
One flowing skirt and a misguided step later, and before I knew it, I was tumbling down a flight of bizarrely steep stairs, my skirt raising and lifting in unfortunate directions.
Yeah…let me put it this way: that night the mezzanine got a special kind of show. Thankfully, I was wearing non-ratty underwear.
If you also have fun, fond memories of the show, are just a fan of all things Oz, or love pink and green polishes and/or witches, you might find Deborah Lippmann’s new three-piece Wicked Collection ($29) bewitching.
Deborah, herself a fan of the show, made the set of three minis in honor of Wicked’s 10th anniversary this month, and like a perfect three-part harmony, the colors play off one another beautifully.
Shimmery pink Popular was inspired by Glinda, one of the star witches in the show. Its color matches the dress Glinda wears while she sings the song of the same name.
I love Popular’s brightness and late ’80s vibe (I think I wore something just like it to the eighth grade dance, haha!), but I wish I didn’t need three coats for full opacity.
More pigment, please.
Elphaba’s green epidermis sparked Defying Gravity, which I find super pretty. Plus, I only need two coats!
With creamy greens, you often run the risk of nails that end up looking like baby poo, but not in this case. Something about it reminds me of jade jewelry…
In the show, Elphaba and Glinda journey to The Emerald City, which leads us to One Short Day, a glittering emerald jelly. This one, I like mostly for its texture. The various green and blue glitter shapes give it a theatrical quality.
Not for polish wallflowers, to be sure. Also, as with Defying Gravity, I’m happy with two coats, which deliver full opacity.
I feel like the two green shades are the strongest colors in this set. The pink? Just okay, but I do like how it complements the other colors.
Wouldn’t this be a great gift for the musical theater nerds in your life?! I bet you have at least one friend (other than me) who spontaneously bursts into song.
PRICE: $29 for a set of three tiny polishes
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and online
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,