By Melanie Parker
Spring brings out a yearning for soft creme polishes within me after a Fall and Winter filled with vampy, shimmery, saturated nail colors. This Spring I toyed with some sheer and sparkly pinks, but I was truly on the hunt for one particular shade – Tiffany & Co. blue. I dreamed of a crisp white button-fronedt cotton shirt with a popped collar and chunky turquoise necklace to make it suitable for the office. I also imagined it with a black outfit and bold silver jewelry. I knew I could work a Tiffany blue polish. So, I began looking. There were many lovely light blue shades, but most were a shimmer or a frost. I queried other collectors and had some recommendations, but they were either too light or too green. So, I narrowed it down to 3 polishes: China Glaze Moody Blue, Color Club Blue Light, and Color Club All In.
I looked at some photographs and nail wholesaler Web site swatches, and deduced that the proven formula of China Glaze would yield too light a result. So, I was going to have to go with a Color Club. This salon brand polish is used at my favorite pedicure salon and has been pushed by some of the online nail polish wholesalers as a free sample. And while I'd never used it on its own before, I did have great success in using Killer Curves (a blackened red creme) as a base color when I mixed my own shade. So, I went with the lighter of the two Color Club polishes and ordered Color Club Blue Light.
And let me tell you, this was no K-mart special. This polish has performed! It is the perfect Tiffany blue color in 2 coats.
I used it for Easter and it reminded me of little robin's eggs on my finger tips. It makes me smile every time I look at them. I can only imagine how much fun this color will be on my toes with some silvery flipflops I have that are adorned with chunks of turquoise. There is no doubt that this color will turn my toes into ten perfect little accessories for a long black jersey dress this Summer.
And the wearability factor on this polish is amazing. I used Orly Ridgefiller as a base coat, 2 coats of the Color Club Blue Light, and a top coat of Poshe and the polish looks perfect after 3 days of wear, including a day of Spring cleaning in which I washed down all of my woodwork and baseboards without gloves and basically used my nails as tools to clean with, and I still have no chips or even tip wear. This was my first Color Club manicure, but it will not be my last. I also bought Color Club Wild Child, which is a darker Jadeite green creme. You can find Color Club polishes at select nail salons or shop online at nail supply wholesalers like head2toebeauty.com and 8ty8beauty.com.
Photos: Melanie Parker