- Scrangie really liked it.
- I recently renewed my Sally's card and my $5 coupon was burning a hole in my pocket.
- I finished reading this book on Tuesday and it seemed like the thing to do. More on the book later.(click here to buy from Amazon)
Here's the thing with Lemon Sour: you think you're going to get the run-of-the-mill, demure lemon/banana yellow pastel creme ...
... but that's not really the case. This lemon shade is somewhere between the typical pastel yellow I described, and a sunny yellow. It's bright and almost bold, but just soft enough to be considered a pastel.
I used three coats with SV.
This wasn't the most difficult yellow I've ever worked with (that honor goes to OPI Banana Bandana), but it wasn't the best, either. To be sure, it's really, really hard to find a great yellow creme that will cover opaquely in less than three coats without streaking. The formula on this yellow was kind of thick (I imagine thinning it would have helped), and streaked for the first two coats (I used the thinnest coats I could manage) before becoming opaque at three. It looks lumpy around the edges of the nail, but SV leveled most of it out.
EDIT: I wore this for four days, which is when it started chipping and peeling on me. I'm definitely not going to complain about four days, especially not with a yellow!!!
Lemon Sour is part of the FingerPaints Gumdrops & Lollipops limited edition spring collection. The collection is currently available at Sally's for $4.99 a bottle; if you're patient, try to wait for it to go on clearance, or you can be like me and grab it as soon as you can! (I learned my lesson with FingerPaints Blissfully Blue two years ago -- it was a limited edition polish that I missed out on and was lucky enough to swap for.)
About the book: I started reading Aimee Bender's short stories in college after a girl in my short fiction writing class workshopped an excellent story that our professor said reminded him of Aimee Bender's stories. I read two of her pieces in The Girl With the Flammable Skirt and loved them, so I grabbed Lemon Cake when I saw it on sale at a local bookseller's last October but actually didn't start reading it until last week. Because this is novel-length, I was hoping it would take on the style of Bender's short stories, only more fleshed out -- upon finishing the novel, I thought it met about 70% of that expectation. I gave myself another day to mull it over and decided that it was fine the way it was! I wouldn't categorize Aimee Bender's work as magical realism, though it does contain similar elements. I liked this book and I'd recommend Flammable Skirt if you wanted to get a taste for her style (pun intended).
Another thing this polish reminds me of?
If you don't get a giggle out of this, I don't think we should be friends. ;)