Last week, I added a poll atop the blog sidebar that asked y'all to help me choose my next NOTD for spring. It closed with a tie between a green from a Spring 2011 collection, and a polish from a nontraditional spring collection. Since I'm hoping to wear something green on Saturday, I made the executive decision to go with something from Dior's Spring 2011 Rock Your Nails collection.
Brown isn't exactly the usual spring color, but I can wear it year round. And if we're being literal, as I have a tendency to be (no, thank you, IB English), then "Underground" is the perfect name for this particular brown! It's sophisticated yet grungy, and fits the word "rock" in terms of the musical scene and in terms of actual soil. See? Perfect for spring!
Oh. My. God. I just had Nam flashbacks of IB English II. Before I start marking up passages, mumbling to myself and rocking in a corner, here are my icky pictures. :/
Two coats with Cult Nails Wicked Fast.
And what it looks like on me 80% of the time:
This looks like melted chocolate, doesn't it? :D I wish I could have captured just how rich this really is. I think this would work on a variety of skin tones -- depending on the light you have, it can look either warm or cool.
The formula was lovely creme goodness with the subtle shimmer that is in every Dior polish I own. The shimmer doesn't show up on the nail, though, but I'm not really pressed about it. But the shimmer is there in the bottle, I swear. Sam at Fashion Polish has some pictures that show it much better than mine!
You can still find Underground on Dior.com along with the rest of its collection mates. (Be sure to sign up for the Dior Diva program so you can get free shipping with orders over $50!) The Rock Your Nails collection quickly elevated to grabby hands/must have status for me when I saw the PR images last year. Diors cost an insane amount of money (at least $23 a pop), but the brand is my high-end, department-store counter kryptonite despite the cost per fluid ounce and the broomy brush they've adopted. It took me roughly a month and a half to secure the entire collection for myself, and they've sat in my Helmer for an embarrassingly long time. BUT NO MORE.
Observation: The more I use Wicked Fast, the more I find that it's a great top coat if you plan to keep your polish on for a day or so. Yes, it cooperates better with some difficult brands in terms of shrinkage, but I've noticed that my nails aren't totally dry until the end of Day One. Oh sure, I can still clack my nails together and they're pretty glassy, but almost rubbery/tacky at the same time -- the slightest pressure or graze against the wall/hard surface can ding or chip my mani. It's weird.
What do you think of this polish? Is there another Rock Your Nails polish that you'd like to see in a post in the coming weeks? Thoughts on Dior and their dumb broom brushes? How do you feel about brown shades for spring? Or are there any IBers in the house? (I was part IB -- but that was enough!)
In the interest of today being the Ides of March, I give you this clip from an indie geek gem called "Free Enterprise." The reason this clip is so significant is because William Shatner is playing, well, William Shatner. He gets approached by two fans who want him to star in their movie, although he would rather perform a one-man version of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." I didn't know this, but this rap was his idea. And it's COMEDY GOLD. (I don't understand how Phil LaMarr held it together for this scene -- it must be because Phil LaMarr is a frakking professional.)
NO TEARS FOR CAESAR.