Originally I'd planned to show you my new favorite nude polish for fall, but my stash is split between my parents' house and my apartment and I cannot find said polish to save my life. Perhaps it will be unearthed once my room at my parents' gets a thorough cleaning, which would be nice, because I'd also really like to find my copy of "Toy Story 3." Until then, however, I had to find inspiration elsewhere.
Last month, Anna blogged one of the best nudes I've ever seen on her, Essie Topless & Barefoot from Essie's French Affair collection. She wrote that she would consider going down the proverbial aisle wearing Topless & Barefoot on her nails. I didn't remember this detail until halfway through a recent Sunday afternoon trying on bridesmaid gowns for my friend Krysi's big day (which takes place next year -- I am especially looking forward to the bachelorette weekend road trip to Kentucky for wedding bourbon). Then I started wondering about what I would do about my nails if *I* were going for a clean bridal look, French tips being entirely out of the question, bien sûr. For me, Nicole by OPI Others Pale by Kim-parison is a good compromise between Topless & Barefoot and bridal extravaganza eleganza. (I do think I would be more likely to go red or purple on my nails -- I do what I want.)
Pardon the pictures. I was in a RUSH when I took these. I felt like I was going to throw up partly because of the bad migraine I had that day and partly because I had just scheduled my first job interview in over two years. (It's on Thursday.)
Four coats with SV.
Those darn Kardashians win again. I generally cannot with anything Kardashian -- I'm pretty sure one of my journalism professors would give me an earful solely for buying this polish, as she hates all things Kardashian -- but I truly enjoy their NOPI collaborations. This is an off-white nude, with a slight tinge of peachy pink beige that really pops in the sun. I think it's more flattering on me than Topless & Barefoot would be. It's stark, but not startlingly so.
I was expecting the formula to be horrendous, but it actually wasn't. Yes, the first coat was a minor streakfest but I figured out how to work this one: Use two thin coats to start, and then use an additional 1-2 medium-thick coats for complete opacity. Wait in between coats, of course. I had a few bald spots on my left hand (my swatching hand) but not on my right, and the cuticles on my right hand are more jacked up than my left, which explains these photos. This polish didn't dry as quickly as some cremes I have, but I think it dried more quickly than NOPI Nothing Kim-pares to Blue. I wore this for three days with no chips and minimal tip wear.
Others Pale by Kim-parison was part of this spring's Nicole by OPI's Wel-Kim to My World collection. Though it was limited edition and is long gone from stores, I've been seeing these polishes and some NOPI Biebers pop up in duos at TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Two weeks ago when I bought a Le Creuset at Marshalls, I even saw this polish in a NOPI duo with Nothing Kim-pares to Blue. I bought this bottle over the summer when I saw it in the clearance section at Ulta.
I don't remember Others Pale by Kim-parison getting too much love from the nail blogging community, but I really like it and I'm glad I have it. What do you think? Would it pass for something bridal? I think more about marriages rather than weddings, let alone a hypothetical one of my own -- all I know is that IF I HAD TO, I would have an open bar and karaoke at the reception because I will sing before I dance, even if properly lubricated. My college journo friends and I would sing "Afternoon Delight" and it would be amazing.
Thanks for reading, and go check out Anna's pick for today! Man, I seriously hope I find my new favorite nude by next month's installment. GRRRRR. (Argh.)