Because we’re friends, I’m going to tell you the real reason I’m head over heels in love with Bobbi Brown’s $18 Black Pearl Nail Polish without you thinking that I’m cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.
Okay, here goes…
It’s the color of Darth Vader’s helmet.
I spent years scouring the universe (and nail polish displays) for a nail polish the color of Vader’s helmet, and finally, after all these years, success! Mwahahahahaaa!
Emperor Palpatine will be pleased…
($18; available now at Bobbi Brown counters and bobbibrowncosmetics.com)
Sure, Vader’s a really bad guy, but you have to admit — that helmet holds a certain allure.
It’s shiny, which I like, and the color’s quite complex (like Vader himself). Sometimes, it looks more gray than black, and when the light hits it right, I see dark, gloomy purple undertones…
If I ever bump into George Lucas again at the movies, I’m telling him about Bobbi’s Black Pearl Polish because I think Darth would totally love it, especially on his toes, where he could probably get away with a single pigmented coat.
I can see it now… Vader, at the end of a long day hunting down rebels on the Death Star, takes off his boots for a few minutes of “me time” while painting his nails.
And you know he isn’t reaching for Essie Ballet Slippers.
But back to the color! In the bottle, I see a pretty standard shiny black with shimmery silver pearl, but when I get it on my fingertips, it flashes from black to a deep eggplant in the light.
Cool! I love surprises…
Speaking of surprises, have you sniffed Balenciaga’s new Florabotanica?
When I saw the bottle, I thought, “drugstore shelf circa 1989…right next to Exclamation and Electric Youth,” but then I gave it a sniff.
Wow! Talk about unexpected.
To me, it’s like an oddly refreshing mix of mint and roses (no, not like a pack of Spearmint gum potpourri).
I know it sounds a little weird, but give it a sniff some time. It comes in two sizes (a smaller 1.7-ounce bottle for $95, and the larger 3.4-ounce bottle shown above for $125) at most department stores and balenciaga.com.
Right! Now that we’ve covered our beauty bases on this lovely Thursday morning (nail polish and perfume — we have our priorities, LOL!), I’m grabbing a second cup. You down for some coffee?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,