My mum called the other day and asked what I wanted for my birthday. I said I wanted a pair of nude shoes, to which she replied, “Why would you wear shoes while you’re naked?”
[INSERT LONG PAUSE]
As much as I love her, the woman is not a fashionista. After I explained how I’d been looking for a perfect pair of pink, beige or nude ballet sandals for summer, the conversation resumed on a slightly less awkward path, LOL!
I blame my most recent bout of nude shoe lust on the new Zoya Touch Collection Sampler Trio ($24) and its three dainty pink, peach and beige polishes. The very sight of it sends my mind racing with pedi possibilities.
Although Zoya didn’t market this as a bridal collection, they probably could have. I think Touch’s Pandora (a pinkish mauve with silver pearl), Shay (a peachy pink with silver pearl) and Minka (a beige with silver pearl) would look right at home against a backdrop of Here Comes the Bride…or Huey Lewis and the News.
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Sheer pastel creams (remember Essie’s Wedding Collection?) get lavish love from brides, but ladies looking for similar, albeit less sheer, mani/pedi shades might also consider Touch. I think it delivers a similarly pretty, pastel bridal look, but with noticeably fuller coverage.
From left: Pandora, Shay and Minka
Even so, I would still say these polishes are on the thinner side, and for opaque nails, I’ve been using two coats of each shade. All three of them apply smoothly, but I do notice their colors fading near the tips of my nails. Since they’re able to paint what appears to be a solid block of color from the base of each nail to the tip, I’m a little perplexed. I’m guessing the thinning might be due to the brush and/or the lightweight formula settling. Whichever the case, it’s easy to rectify with some extra polish painted along the edges and beneath the tips. It makes a mani take a little extra time, but I think it’s worth it if you like the colors.
When I finally find that perfect pair of dreamy nude pumps, these shades are definitely going on my toes…along with the Zoya Color Lock System (BOMB!). With Color Lock, I bet these polishes (as well as most others) would last for a good 10-14 days without chipping.
PRICE: $24 for three 0.05-oz. bottles
AVAILABILITY: Available now at select salons and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Unless you’re comfortable becoming absolutely addicted to another snack, stay far, FAR away from Trader Joe’s Reduced Fat Cheese Puffs. They’re the consumate cheesy crack! I opened a bag yesterday thinking I’d only eat a few… Later, after I’d finished the bag, I realized the error of my ways.
Unlike TJ’s comparably addictive Mango Bars, which are a seasonal thing, these puffs are available all year long.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,