As always when I find something that makes me enthusiast I have to let it out, or I feel my head exploding.
And girls, I really have to shout this out loud: I FOUND THE BEST NAIL POLISH EVER.
And what’s its name?
Essie, of course!
Yes I know, as always you’ll think that I discover things AGES after all the world knows about them and I even pretend to be all excited about it, but I am not living in New York, in my city there is not a manicure shop every 5 meters and the few ones that you can find never heard even about O.P.I. so just let me spread around hearts and stars and positive pink rays of joy like a manga character for the discovery of my new best friend.
Ok, so you should already know I like to keep my nails polished.
Maybe you don’t know this but I’ll tell you now, the polish colors I prefer are the very dark ones (on short nails of course) but I think you’ll all agree if I say that you just freak out if you want to keep them spotless each and every day.
You also know how much I love red and, of course for Murphy’s law, polishes with red pigments are the most difficult to apply in a decent way and the first that leave your nails (in fact you’ll always see my nail painted in dark blue or cold mauve when I travel and I know I won’t be able to do my manicure in two or three days).
Result: you need a perfect polish for all of this (dark polish + in red tones + that lasts long) but I never found one. Until a couple of days ago.
Saturday I was in Cologne, I entered Douglas and bam! right in front of me, a giant shelf full of O.P.I and Essie nail polishes.
In Italy we didn’t have O.P.I. and Essie, and I think I might moved to the other European country that don’t have them as well – very smart of me (if you like make-up and beauty stuff, Belgium is HELL).
So I start to jump around the shelves like a crazy lab mouse facing a massive dose of exciting drugs under experimentation and of course attracting the attention of one of the shop assistants.
After I manage to become her best friend in 5 minutes (I am a social handicapped person, but I don’t know why I have this good vibe with shop assistants and waiters, we’re just on the same wavelength) and after she tells me 10 times how much she loves my ring and my leopard ballet flats (new… because I am a girl who knows how to save money), I pick my very first two Essie nail polishes, excited like a teen ager reading a letter from her first romantic love.
And guess which colors? A deep red and a dark burgundy.
Of course, red pigments! How smart of me! I realize only in the train back home that I might have screwed my very first professional-nail-polish experience (no, I don’t consider Chanel polishes professional. In fact, I have to say I was quite disappointed by the few I’ve tried) by choosing two red tones.
I am so afraid to face the depressing reality (aka to have wasted this first experience and 27 euros in a couple of polishes that will leave me unsatisfied) that I leave the two cute bottles on the table waiting for one full day (an eternity, if you measure with the “excited Al after shopping-I-have-to-try-everything-NOW reference system) before trying them out.
And, surprise surprise, Essie defeats the law of red.
Such a smooth application that, believe me, I just wanted to cry of happiness. To satisfy my excitation I had to paint also my toes (even though sandal season is far). The color is vibrant, full, creamy but liquid enough to permit a super precise application.
So there I go with my foxy lady red nails under the shower. I’m sure I’ll screw them up immediately. And instead there they are, perfect as a dream. The day after they resist amazingly to a full day of lattice gloves, pure ethanol (to disinfect my hands after the lab work, what did you understand?? No party time here!) and diet coke cans. And when I go back home I discover that my freshly painted toenails perfectly resisted to a day in ballet flats without collants.
And here they are still, after three days, beautiful, shiny and perfect as the very first day.
So my lack of faith in red polishes was destroyed by Essie, the scientist in me says that the tests were fully passed and the romantic girl in me says I’ve found a new love.
You heard me, from now on no Chanel, O.P.I., Maybelline (they’re quite good I have to say) or any other brand, it’s Essie forever.
And I think you should really try them too. If you’re in one of the beauty-forgotten countries like Belgium you can find some colors on HQhair (it’s quite a good shop for make-up, I bought there 4 or 5 times and I was always happy) and tons of them on eBay!
So let me know! If you tried them and you love them, if you tried them and you hate them, if you’ll try them and you’d like to share your color picking, I’m here and these ears hear nothing else but the word “Essie” right now!
PS: when I showed the drawing to Tommy he said “it’s nice… but why she has that giant handbag?”
Please tell me the polish bottle doesn’t look like a handbag!
PPS: I forgot to tell you the colors I picked! “Limited addiction” and “wicked”, love love love them!!
PPPS: If I missed the arrival of make-up civilization in Italy (aka OPI, Essie and NYX in every beauty store) let me know, that I’ll plan my shopping for the next holidays! ;-)
Oh my, why I always write these hyper long posts forgetting that I also have to translate them in Italian??? S**t!
But Good night! :*