Welcome to the first edition of Fug Friday! This all began when Jacqui posted swatches of "Fugly Cremes" during Vintage Hard Candy Week on her blog last month. She tweeted her surprise at the huge response that post elicited, to which I replied I'd join her in a Fug Friday if she started one. And here we are.
Of course, we had three key considerations to make after that.
- What constitutes "fug"? Answer: If it looks like the color of a bodily secretion, then it is fug.
- Is layering allowed, or are we simply swatching ONE polish? Answer: Basic swatching. A polish needs to look pretty fug on its own without enhancement from another product.
- How often do we want to do this? Answer: TBD ...
Two-thirds of my stash are still at my parents' house, so I dug deep into those remaining Helmer drawers to find something for today's debut and came up with this StrangeBeautiful gem from 2010. StrangeBeautiful creator Jane Schlub takes the inspirations for her "color libraries" from just about anything. Supposedly, this particular polish is said to represent "a very wrong color choice of cheap foundation." I don't wear make-up (I'm
Three coats with SV.
I'm tagging this color as "camel/tan" and "butterscotch/caramel" because that's what it's like to me. It is more demure and yellow than OPI Ginger Bells, which is the closest thing I have to it. (I honestly could see this being an Essie polish, though. Anyone else?) Strangely enough, this polish does not blend into my skin tone and is quite flattering, and I really, really like it! I don't think this tone would be wearable for most people, so I'm going to capitalize on that. ;)
The finish was jelly-creme in texture to me. Two coats are all you need, but ... compulsive three-coater over here. It's quite glossy even without top coat. I took this off after swatching it but I'm dying to break it out again.
I purchased my StrangeBeautiful Vol. 4 set in Spring 2010 from LuckyScent.com for ... was it $75 or $85 at the time? Right now, this set is unavailable -- is it sold out or discontinued? I have no idea. There are eight polishes in the set, all B3F, and this color is the third one I've tried out of the eight. (I KNOW. Bad Rachel.) But these are the pictures that prompted me to throw down for Vol. 4! Just the right blend of gorgeous and weird, no? I can't decide how I feel about the lack of ~official~ names for StrangeBeautiful polishes. Is it more artistic that way? There's no master list or anything, just some vague color descriptions people copied from the sale item page, so you have to do a little bit of Google sleuthing.
Although it took me forever to wear this polish, I can see myself rewearing it, and I have Fug Friday to thank! Who knows how much longer I would have waited to try this? I think it would look smashing against a navy, dark purple or indigo cardigan or mock T.
So, "cheap foundation" ... fugged up enough for ya? Head over to Jacqui's blog, The Scholarly Nail, to find out what she has for us today! I'm sure it'll be disgusting AND AWESOME.
Thank you for reading. I hope this post will be the most fugged up thing about your Friday!