Winter Nails: What I'm Wearing Now (And Why)
With holiday reds and metallics behind us—and warm-weather brights still (alas) months away—early February can feel like nail lacquer purgatory: neither here nor there.
If you do opt for scarlet tips or hot-pink toes, the polish police won't arrest you. And if those hues make you happy, go for it. But at this point in the year, I often find myself feeling blah about polish options: light grey, dark grey…or greige. Thus, when I discovered Spellbound, a new, edgy (but not too) hue from Essie’s Gel Couture line, I took my bottle and beelined it to the salon.
This long-lasting formula is what I'd call army green spiked with grey and gold. Picture a lake in late afternoon, before a winter storm. It feels both right for February's slush, biting wind and omnipresent cloud cover yet chic-er than the season's more sensible (read: boring) shades.
I presently have it on both my fingers and toes, and my friend/regular manicure date liked it so much she too opted to paint all twenty tips with it. Clearly we aren't the only two enamored by this hue, as everywhere I go, I get compliments: the coffee bar, a [solidcore] class, even Heath said he liked the color. It's pretty versatile too and works with most of my winter wardrobe; it's grown-up enough; and, as you can see from the photo, above, it’s a color that compliments most skin tones. Bottom line: For under $12, it's a no brainer.