The term is "palate cleanser," but when it comes to polish, I like to say "palette cleanser" because that's what this polish is. I feel like I haven't worn a light grey creme in forever, so when B said "you should wear grey next because you'll match the cat," I didn't immediately dismiss him. Then I asked Anna to help me choose between Dove and Tao. What can I say? Just like my life, my manis are a team effort.
Enjoy the shload of pictures. Apparently my subconscious goal was to capture Dove in ALL THE LIGHTING -- I don't mind, because it's a really great color. I'm sorry/you're welcome.
Four coats with Cult Nails Wicked Fast.
It's pretty obvious how much I love this color, isn't it? I have a hard time wearing light grey cremes because some of them pull really strangely against my skin tone, but Dove was the nicest one I've tried since Orly Mirror, Mirror (which I still love, and is a little bluer than this). I considered layering something over it, but decided against it because it's such a soothing color on its own.
I've heard that some people own bottles of Dove that were two-coaters. Um, WHAT. Now I'm wondering if my bottle was part of a freak batch, because the formula wasn't the most cooperative. It went on pretty streaky after my usual three coats, but a fourth put it right. It took longer to dry than most of my Zoyas, and I got very light sheet marks on my right hand. Also, see how raggedy it dried on my free edges? That's typical of pastel and other light colors. It's not visible from far away IRL, the color payoff was worth it, and it wouldn't bug me if I weren't taking pictures for you -- no big deal. I wore this for five days with only one chip, courtesy of the sprinkly plastic top of my ginger container.
Dove is my other pick from the Spring 2011 Intimate collection (see my post on Jules here). Looking back, that collection was on point, and WAY more interesting (and sophisticated) than the typical pastels and brights you see every spring. It's just too bad my wackadoo skin tone didn't play well with it. You can buy Dove for $8 at Zoya's site, or anywhere that sells most of Zoya's permanent line. I can't remember if I saw this at Whole Foods, but I wouldn't be surprised.
Despite its formula, I think my feelings about Dove are pretty obvious. (I LOVE it.) If you own it, is your bottle a smooth two-coater or a streaky four-coater like mine? What else did you scoop from the Intimate collection?
And can you please help me choose my next Zoya post? Your choices are Jo and Adina. Go!