Sometime seven years ago, my love affair with opera began. As someone who lacks proper musical education, I'm still something of a neophyte, but I do enjoy going to see performances when I can. My first and only live viewing to date was at the New York City Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly in March 2007; I remember deciding at that moment that there really *is* nothing like seeing opera live. I would love to go see operas all over the world, but the closest ~house of acclaim~ (at least to me) is New York's Metropolitan Opera.
Luckily, I've gotten to witness many performances over the past four years through the Met Opera's Live in HD broadcasts. I love these things so much that I have no trouble driving out of the way to see them, and I have been known to rearrange weekend plans to accommodate these shows. When I can't do that, though, I try to make it to the encore, which I did last night for the broadcast encore of the October 15 matinee of Donizetti's Anna Bolena, starring Anna Netrebko (who I absolutely love, by the way).
It was my first time taking in this particular opera, so I was quite upset when the satellite feed went out and was unable to be restored. But I was a little bit delighted to discover that my NOTD, Rescue Beauty Lounge Jane, wasn't entirely inappropriate -- Jane Seymour ("Giovanna") turned out to be one of the biggest characters in the opera. There are so many permutations of stories focused on Henry VIII and his wives that I never know what to expect. All I knew was that I was wearing this polish, damn it.
Jane was the only one of the RBL Tudor housewives polishes I scooped up last fall when they debuted -- and much like her namesake, this polish proved to be a great favorite.
This is three coats with Essie Good to Go.
As you can see here, the golden shimmer in the bottle doesn't really translate onto the nail! But I don't really have a problem with that. The RBL color description is given as "pale gray pearl with sheer washes of pink and gold." On me, Jane looks like a light nude shade with a touch of gray. The golden shimmer in the polish isn't apparent on the nail, though, not even in the sunlight. (Or at least, not today. Maybe the top coat dulled it?)
Formula on this one was top-notch and very easy to work with. After using this one, I'm kind of appalled with myself that I haven't made as much use of my RBLs as I should! Now if only I could find the perfect top coat for them. Grrrr.
Yup, I am going to have to continue my Ultimate Top Coat experiment with my RBLs. Essie Good to Go usually works well with my "high-end" top coats, but not so well this time. It dried extremely slowly (I have sheet marks on two fingers on my left hand) and I have a tiny chip on my index finger. :/ I didn't have any overnight tip wear, and only the smallest bit of post-shower shrinkage, so at least there's that. I just wish my Essie top coat dried faster!!!
Jane was one of the quartet of "Real Housewives of the Tudor Dynasty" polishes Ji Baek released for last year's RBL fall collection. At this point in time, it's sold out, but I believe Ji plans to bring back all four Tudor queens in December for a limited time, so keep an eye out for that! :)
Were you able to grab Jane last year, or any of the Tudor housewives? Do you also enjoy the opera, these Met broadcasts, or do you find that it is something better left to the fuddy duddies? Who is your favorite composer? I started off with Puccini, and while his operas will always have a place in my heart, I love discovering music that is totally new to me: new composers, new works and new vocal talents.