Revved Up And My Toes Are Ready To Go
By Melanie Parker
Part of being a nail polish collector is the fun in matching nail colors to that of favorite items. I have many that match dresses, shoes, jewelry, walls in my home, and after a long search I finally found one that matches my car's paint. I know it sounds crazy, but I have actually used nail polish to touch up paint chips on my previous cars. My last vehicle matched Jane Hot Blooded and OPI Edin-burgundy--a shiny blue-based red. The car before that was Opening Night Champagne (a gold shimmer) , and the one before that was OPI Chick Flick Cherry (another blue-based red crème).
But my current car is British racing green, and it is not easy to find a decent green polish. Especially a blackened green in a vampy crème finish. For years, I told myself that Creative NFS was a match, but it is a blue-based green and has a slight shimmer. So, I kept looking and collected three that seemed like they may be matches: Chelsea Psycho Green, Anna Sui #915, and Nars Zulu.
I swatched all three of them, and they looked similar until I got them in the direct sunlight. The Anna Sui is the lightest of the three and the streakiest, but I like it best. It's a clover green crème. What can I say? Sometimes I like a challenge. Actually, any vampy crème color can be a challenge to apply because you run the risk of dragging the color at the cuticle as you attempt to build up an even coat of polish. I have this problem with many dark reds, so the Anna Sui is not alone in its streakiness. Zulu and Psycho Green apply smoother and are almost color twins, except the finish is much shinier with the Nars.
It feels good to discover that Nars Zulu is a color match. I went and got a pedicure with it today and the nail tech told me that I needed a flower because this was a Fall color. No way! There is no season that prohibits this green goodness. Another customer admired my deep, lush green toes and said, "Oh, that color makes me think of shopping. I miss Marshall Field's." I feel a little nostalgic when I see it, too. Not only does it match my British racer, but it is the exact color of the Marshall Field's shopping bags before they got switched over to Macy's branding and the Frango mint chocolate boxes. *sigh*
What nail polish best matches your car?