Thursday, November 15, 2012

China Glaze Emerald Fitzgerald

First order of business: It's elbee's birthday! Happy birthday, lady(flash)! <3333 youuuuuu!
And happy birthday to BF, if he is stalky reading this, in which case I know this is polish green and not blue. Sorry, buddy.

After wearing BB Couture Sloth, I was in the mood to try another vampy shimmer and China Glaze Emerald Fitzgerald won the untried vampy lotto. I think I had FSF and the new "The Great Gatsby" movie on the brain -- too bad it won't be released until next year! Also, can I just say: AMITABH BACHCHAN as MEYER WOLFSHEIM. Shaking and crying, because where did that come from?!?! Bless the person who thought that was a great idea (it IS).

See, here's my thing about Gatsby: I get FSF and I 100% acknowledge its place in literature and what it's inspired in others, but it doesn't do anything for me. I've always wondered what I'm missing and why I don't see what others have seen in it. --Trust me, I've read and loved plenty of books about people with too much money and messy personal lives (hello, Evelyn Waugh's entire oeuvre) so I don't think it's that.

/Cool story, bro. But I think I'm trying to say I must have felt SOMETHING for Emerald Fitzgerald at one point, because I swapped for it two years ago and then proceeded to let it fester in my Helmer until last week. Was it worth the wait?

Yes, and no. (WHAT?!)




Three coats with SV.








This is a lovely polish. Just maybe not so lovely on me, and certainly not very emerald. I would say this leans a bit too blue/teal for me to consider it a true emerald. It's more like a pine/teal color, which I have a hard time pulling off (please see my lobster fingers). Such a shame ... I love the glowy, vampy metallic shimmer finish. I had no issues with the application, formula (is it the shimmer?) or dry time. Two coats will do you just fine on this baby.

Emerald Fitzgerald was part of China Glaze's Vintage Vixen collection from Fall 2010. I have no idea whether it became part of China Glaze's core line, but it's not HTF at all. Although I swapped for mine back in the day, I bet you could find it at beauty supplies or dusties, and it's readily available at several e-tailers for a reasonable amount of money.

After this color/skin tone fail, I'm really hoping I didn't waste $20 on RBL Jack. What do you think of Emerald Fitzgerald? Worth a gamble? More importantly, if there are any literatis reading this, what would you recommend to someone who would like to have a better grasp of Gatsby (or any work of literature)? Are you excited for the new Luhrmann movie, or are you perhaps as intrigued by Amitabh's casting as I am? Seriously, someone hold me.

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18 comments:

  1. A couple things. First, I like that polish on you. I like that polish generally. Second, if you want to do a swap with RBL Santa Fe (assuming you haven't already) I'd be interested. Third, for someone who has been in school her entire life and studies American visual culture of the early 20th century, I'm sort of ashamed to say I've never read The Great Gatsby. But people poop their pants over loving it so much so many I should give it a try. Lastly, I love that necklace you posted yesterday. The Etsy shop has a kiwi necklace, and I am OBSESSED with kiwi birds. Good find, so thank you.

    Send an e-mail if you're interested in a swappity-swap.

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    1. Thanks, lady! Hmmm, maybe we should book club this.

      I'm glad you found some kiwi bird jewelry!

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  2. I really love it on you! And now maybe I kinda want it too.

    Okay. Great Gatsby.

    I had to read it for...AP Lit? Senior Lit? I can't remember and it's neither here nor there. But let me just say I fell asleep the first time I read it because I was so bored. Seriously. We had a Gatsby party after finishing it and I think that was the best part.

    Being able to discuss it as a class made it slightly more interesting...maybe. But I read it again over the summer and was marginally more intrigued. But not really. I appreciate it for what it is but I'm not head-over-heels in love. I can't quite put my finger on it.

    To Kill A Mockingbird? Now that's a totally different story (pun intended).

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    1. Ooh, that sounds like a fun party. The only party we had in high school was senior year when we finished an Emily Dickinson poetry unit, and just ... ughhhhhh.

      Maybe I'd have to read it again. And it's been long enough that I can reread Mockingbird without having to deal with an annoyingly pretentious English teacher. Seriously. I know it was private school, but who brings up CANDIDE in an essay question!??!

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  3. the shimmer in this polish always catches my attention, but i never want it enough to buy it lol.

    i remember reading it during my sophomore year in high school.. i don't remember much about it, except that it was very scandalous lol. i think i liked it though, because it was relatively more interesting than some other things i had to read for school.

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    1. It was probably more interesting than "Things Fall Apart" and chapters of "Anna K." I remember I used to give my friend answers for her Gatsby homework (she had to read it for her English class) in return for answers to my physics problems, LMAO.

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  4. I totally agree about the snore-worthiness of Gatsby, but the old film version, and probably this one will be better. FSF just doesn't bring people alive, imo, and so having actual humans act it out makes it work, at least for me.

    Secondly, when I read your title I was convinced the polish is named for Ella Fitzgerald, and I still am.

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    1. "FSF just doesn't bring people alive, imo" -- Thank you for pointing that out! It makes so much sense.

      And LOL, I never once even thought of Ella. My b.

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  5. The colour looks great on you!
    Maybe it's more sapphire than emerald, but who cares?
    I like it a lot!

    L.B.

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    1. Thank you! Going by everyone's reactions here, I'm really sad it gave me lobster hands. But I sent it to a friend who I hope will love it more than I did. :)

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  6. So it's not emerald, but still gorgeous!!! And I do think it looks lovely on you :))

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  7. I really like this shade on you - would not call it a fail on your skin tone at all. I have always like this one because it's got that teal in it so it's not such a Christmas green shade but has all that great 'stuff' glowing in it that China Glaze can do so well. I think this shade is still part of the ChG core line - I will look next time I am in a Sally's but pretty sure last I looked it was still there. Gatsby has always been a hard short-story to translate to film. It's subtle and introspective literary techniques F. Scott used are impossible to show in film medium. As for the Baz version...hard to know. He can nail a great movie or trash it equally. This one from the stills and now some trailers I have seen it looks way over the top in his use of color which just to me does not read how I think of the 20's era - I keep thinking it looks like his film might present the escapades in the novel like a circus. Probably is going to be an over the top, over done movie that some will love and others will pan - kind of typical of many of Baz's movies. He has his loyal fans among great actors and the very day movie goes alike. I personally did like Mia Farrow as Daisy in the Robt. Redford version. She matched my vision of who and what that character was like when I have read the book (and I have read it at least 5 times). As for recommendations of what to read post reading Gatsby - not sure if you mean you want another book that enlightens you about that same era or more of Fitzgerald or books that have similar themes. But not knowing the a fore I will take a stab at it. Tender Is the Night will give a taste of not just more Fitzgerald writing (and I think his greatest novel), but also tells you more of the era though it's not set in the US - it takes place on the continent in Europe. While I am not a big Hemmingway fan, 2 of his novels come to mind that I did like reading and have really good characters in them and are set in a similar time frame (again not in the US however) - The Sun Also Rises & Farewell to Arms. You can jump to a whole different era but keeping with the same kind of goofy characters and pick up a copy of another short story, Truman Capote's Breakfast At Tiffany's (which is not like the movie at all). Those come to mind. I am such an avid reader - coffee/books & nail polish probably up there as my fav things that make me feel good! I agree with the commenter who recommended To Kill A Mockingbird, esp if you have not read it or not read it in yrs with an adult mind-set (it's often one HS students Frosh/Soph have to read and I think reading it as an adult with more history of the period behind you helps understand a lot more of the book). Ya got me started on books here and I could go on and on...as said, huge reader, been that way all my life. I really like great novels, humor, travel genera, historical novels, history (mostly 19th, 20th and 21st century). If I had to pick 5 fav books of all time Gatsby would be up there on my list, but then as opposite as you can get from that would be Travels With Charlie by Steinbeck. I am loving all the on line libraries and having the ability to check out ebooks from all over the US and being able to read them for free (usually) and not even have to leave my living room! Took me some time as I love to hold a real book and feel the pages. But the many advantages of ebooks has won me over - I love never having to put up anymore with funky size font or those shadows that fall across the page, often just from the opposite page. I am ready to pick out a new ereader by might go with a more feature oriented tablet - not sure yet.

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    1. That's probably it, it's a quite introspective book. I've read a lot of the typical reading but I use the current IB curriculum as a guide when I want to go hard on something. I'll have to look up Travels With Charlie, though, so thanks for that!

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  8. Ok-I think there should be words limits to comments! HAHAH! WOW BEachgal that is one huge comment! I have this Emerald Fitzgerald and have never worn it-but know there's a lot of people lemming for it so maybe I could sell it amd make someone happy-cause this on you is not a color for me. I have RBL Jack and love it.

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    1. Did you put this on your blog sale? I love Nubar Greener, but it's much lighter.

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  9. A year late in commenting but I cannot help myself. Beachgal is totally on target with subtle and introspective literary techniques re FSF. Fitzgerald was a huge John Keats fan and often crafted his prose after lines/images/meter from various works by Keats. Gatsby has some beautiful send ups to The Eve of St. Agnes. Not very helpful unless you're into British Romantic Poetry, so AYW, just having a fit of compulsive lit chattiness....

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    1. Hi, Liz! I haven't read any British Romantic poetry since 2004 (note: if it wasn't in my Norton anthology, I didn't read it; also, I am not smart enough for poetry) and I don't remember too much about Keats, so I'll take your word for it on the FSF/Keats connection. Thank you for pointing it out!! Where would you recommend I start if I wanted to go back and reacquaint myself with British Romantic poems or FSF, apart from "The Eve of St. Agnes"?

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