I have had to pack away my corals and bright pinks, and flick the switch to winter tones as I settle into New York life. Winter back home in Sydney was hardly a true “winter” – it rarely dipped below 13 degrees, I could get away with a jacket and scarf, and I rocked my summer brights all winter.
Not so over here. Winter is hardcore (and technically we aren’t even in winter yet, even though we have already had snow). This requires thermals, gumboots, puffy down coats, and an arsenal of winter-appropriate lacquers. I majorly culled my personal collection of polish during the big pack, but I did manage to bring two of the exact same shade – both oxblood, both magnificent.
The first is Stacy from Zoya. It’s an oldie – from the 2010 Wonderful collection – but it’s a beauty. Creamy and delicious with lots of pigment. I can’t see it on their website at the moment, but they have plenty of similar colours. Vote #1 Zoya – one of my favourite brands.
The other is a newbie – MAC Vintage Vamp. It’s a jelly, so it dries with a glassy finish. I think I have made my feelings known in the past about MAC polish, but here’s a quick refresher – they generally aren’t great. The formula is watery and they chip really easily (I say the same for Chanel). That said, sometimes a colour comes along that you love so much that you just will the polish to cooperate. This is one of those times. It takes a lot of patience, but you can get there in the end.
I miss my pastels and neons, but there is something so sophisticated about a short, dark nail. Don’t you agree?
Disclosure: Both of these polishes were offered to me for consideration – the MAC recently, and the Zoya about 18 months ago. Proves that it’s a goodie if I hang on to it for that long, right?