I'll Take Mine with a Twist
by Melanie Parker
Not too long ago, April would roll around and I would be wishing for a crisp Spring green polish for a pedicure. There weren't too many choices. Now, there are so many that I am no longer self-conscious about wearing green on my tips to a family function or the office. There aren't enough days in the week to get them all in right now! So, I thought I'd review three of my favorites. Each happen to be a different brand, and have a unique twist that is fresh for Spring.
First up is the greenest of the group. This creme polish needs three coats to be totally opaque, but once it gets to that level, Orly Mint Mojito is keeper. It reminds me of several good things, but primarily Martha Stewart's Fire-King collection of Jadeite. But more importantly, it is the exact shade that a lady wore on her toes in an episode of Pushing Daisies in its first season. When that episode aired, beauty boards were all buzzing about what color was used. I had resigned myself to Nubar Green Tea being a candidate, but having worn this, I feel those kooky costumers for TV shows get first dibs on new color stories from all of the professional beauty producers. My quest for "Daisies" green is over and I am content.
The second polish is more of a blue than a green on me, but it's named Essie Greenport and its got a muted, vintage twist on the traditional robin's egg blue. In fact, I wore it with a Tiffany & Co. blue enamel ring, and it nearly matched. So, if you missed out on China Glaze's For Audrey, this Essie might make your day. It' will make a lovely pedi color for a June bride, too.
Lastly, is Sephora by OPI's fantastic new duochrome polish Mermaid to Order. A duochrome finish means that it flashes two different colors depending on the light. I think the overall appearance is a turquoise blue, but I had a lot of trouble deciding if it was blue with green shimmer or vice versa. I feel confident in reporting now that I've worn it in various lighting conditions that it is green with a heavily saturated blue shimmer that glows from within. This polish reminds me a little of NYX Jungle and Sinful Morph Orleans. It's not the most unique duochrome in the world, but it is heavy on the chrome (metallic), and if you like the OPI formula, it is a must-have.