Growing up, I always had an overactive imagination. Sometimes, it was great, because all I needed were two branches and an empty flowerpot to entertain myself for hours (I’d pretend I was hosting a cooking show).
But sometimes, it wasn’t great, like when one of my aunties visited from the Philippines and stayed with us for a month in the spring when I was in second grade.
For some reason, it was a good year for butterflies. There were way more of them than usual, and my auntie, who had a fondness for what my family refers to as “Filipino old wives’ tales,” (here’s one: “Don’t fall asleep with wet hair, or you’ll wake up blind.”) said that the butterflies were the spirits of dearly departed relatives coming to say hello.
Of course, instead of taking that as a quaint, poignant fairy tale, I kept thinking, “WOW! There are SO MANY dead people flying around my front yard,” and I assumed that it was only a matter of time before one of them, or perhaps a swarming mass, would open an otherworldly gateway in the yard, like from Poltergeist and Salem’s Lot.
I spent that entire spring running away from butterflies…
Butterflies play an inspiring part in Chanel’s new Lâ€™Ã‰tÃ© Papillon de Chanel summer collection, and it shows in the $27 AzurÃ© Le Vernis Nail Coulour.
The first time I saw it, I gasped! — but not in fear. In sheer delight! The conjurers at Chanel captured the beauty of butterfly wings in a bottle.
Sometimes, depending on the light, it’s difficult to describe AzurÃ©’s color (just like a butterfly’s wings).
One minute, I think I see a bright teal with bright blue edges…
…but then I move my fingers a certain way and see a deep sea blue.
And just when I think I have the color finally figured out, a gunmetal shade flashes at the edges.
I think AzurÃ©’s just…interesting. Not exactly a standard holographic polish, where colors dance across it as you move your fingers back and forth. The effect reminds me more of colorful wings and feathers.
I think it just replaced YSL’s Vert D’Orient as my top teal this summer.
AVAILABILITY: Available now online and at Chanel counters
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Don’t laugh, but I have to go to the DMV this morning to renew my license, and I’m thinking about wearing false lashes for the pic.
I know, a little over the top, but why the heck not?
You have a great Thursday, ‘kay? Keep an eye out for butterflies.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,