Yesterday I pulled from my stash all of the polishes I own that I consider ‘Summer’ shades, as well as all the shades that I have yet to swatch. I try very hard to at least show one new shade each time I do a polish combination so that I’m keeping you guys interested – I don’t want to bore you with the same old. However, I am getting down to the wire when it comes to untried colors that are also Summer-appropriate. I know that the way nail polish is viewed now, all shades are considered seasonless, and I agree with that to a point – but I still love pastels in Spring, brights and aqua blues in the Summer, and deeper, more moody hues in the Fall and Winter. I just do! I find for myself, it’s less about ‘following trends’ and more about getting bored with what I have and having my interest captured by the new shades of the coming season. Call me fickle. I know it’s true 😛
After staring at my polishes for about half an hour yesterday, trying to make a pairing I was satisfied with, I came up with a combo that says Summer, while still managing to show a shade I haven’t before. Its a bit deeper than I’d like for the season, but I think it still works. OPI’s ‘Yodel Me on My Cell’ (on my fingers) was the only polish I picked up from the Swiss Collection this past Winter. I tend to only choose a shade or two from each collection rather than the whole thing, because I still have an issue with amassing too many ‘dupes’ (or ‘near dupes’) in my collection – I haven’t yet gotten to the point where a shade that’s a hair different than another is considered totally different and therefore I must buy. I am forever waging the war against my intensely consumerist nature, and my aversion to having too much choice – it stresses me out!
Anyway, I found the other shades in this collection were either too close to what I already owned, or just not flattering for my skin tone. And I’m also not huge into reds, of which there were 4 or 5 in this collection as I recall. I somewhat regret not picking up ‘Diva of Geneva’ because I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it, but oh well (*Edit: Picked it up today when I happened to find it at a local salon 🙂 Swatches to come).
YMOMC seemed like an amazing shade when I bought it. The depth of color in this shimmering aquamarine shade is phenomenal. Actually, I think DoG is probably the berry pink counterpart to YMOMC – glorious. That ‘lit from within’ glow that seems to be the catchphrase for these types of polishes. However, after wearing it a few times this Winter, somewhere along the line my love affair abruptly ended. For whatever reason, it just wasn’t doing it for me anymore. It seemed boring, and darker than I liked. So I put it aside, and even put it up on Makeupalley for swap.I hoped this time around maybe my feelings had changed. I wanted to give it another chance to ‘wow’ me. Unfortunately, I’m still left unimpressed – something about this color on me seems sooo boring! I think I dislike middle of the road shades – either be super bright, or very deep, or shimmery, or holo, or…something. It looks nice enough but I feel like changing it the instant I put it on, it just doesn’t do it for me.The shade on my toes requires less lead-in than YMOMC, as you’ve seen it before – MAC’s Mischevious Mint from Spring’s ‘Quite Cute’ collection. Still with the same application issues – a bit thick and draggy – but in the end applies fine and I’m still a fan of the color. Looks great against tanned skin, I think! And quite complimentary to the aqua hues of my mani, though being ‘Mint’ I guess it’s actually considered a green. Regardless, I like the pairing.
Details: Manicure – One coat of butter London’s Nail Foundation, three coats of YMOMC, one coat of Seche Vite. Pedicure – One coat of Sally Hansen Age Correct No Chip Base/Top Coat, two coats of Mischevious Mint, one coat Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Top Coat.
Size & Price: OPI nail lacquers are 0.5 oz and typically retail for around $9.95CDN. MAC nail polish are 0.34 oz and retail for $15.00CDN.
Where to Buy: YMOMC is Limited Edition, but I’ve still seen it being sold online and at some salons around Canada/US (Chatters Salon has one of the larger collections of OPI I’ve seen). MAC nail polish can be purchased at MAC stores across Canada (here in Halifax, that’s either at The Bay Dartmouth, or Halifax Shopping Centre), or online at Maccosmetics.com. This particular shade is also Limited Edition.
Since I’m struggling a bit with coming up with shade combinations, I’d love to hear your ideas for my next combo!!! If there’s anything you’d like to see, or a particular combination you know looks great, be sure to give your suggestions in the comments – I’d love to hear ’em!
What are your thoughts on YMOMC? Do you agree that it’s somewhat lackluster? Or are these kinds of shades just your cup of tea?
Ciao for now, everyone!