I have always been amazed at my mom’s and my aunt’s nails since I was a little girl. I loved how pristine and long their nails were and how they always seemed perfectly manicured in these classic beige color. I remember Sundays at my grandparent’s house after lunch, when everyone gathered by the TV and watch, chat, gossip. My mom and aunts would have their regular manicurist do a home service and they would get their nails done… I would watch intently as the manicurist clean, paint the nails and make it look all pretty.
While my sisters and cousins would run out to play, I would stay on and watch (much to joy of my nanny since she would not end up running after me or pick me up after i trip over something… which usually happens since I was a pretty clumsy kid hehehe). I would watch until the manicurist would be done and would indulge my curiosity by painting my tiny nails with those pink tints to make the nails look rosy while she trims my nails. I would be smiling ear to ear while she does that. I was happy at the thought that someday, I would also have those long perfect nails like my mom and aunts.
As I grew older, as reality sets in, I realized that my nails were never meant to be long. They grew in a weird way that is far from how my mom’s nails look like. I always ended up having them trimmed really short. However, I still had them painted with nail polish. I always used classic colors such as beige, pink and if they successfully grow a few cm., I had them have those french tips. I thought those were the only proper colors for nails… I was wrong!
When I started working, I always had them done in my favorite color – The Nars Jungle Red polish. It was the perfect shade of red in my opinion… not too loud to be called slutty, and not too dark to be mistaken as dried up blood. This will always be my go-to nail color… I would try other colors but I would always go back to my Nars Jungle Red.
My next favorite shade of red is the MAC Wonder Woman Nail Polish in “Obey Me” (Pretty powerful name… almost hypnotic)… This is a tad bit brighter than Jungle Red. The packaging is pretty cool too if you ask me. Since these limited edition MAC polish easily gets bought on the launch date, my sister actually woke up early on a Saturday to line up at the local MAC store and snag me a bottle… I was jumping with joy when she called me from the store to tell me that she got it 😀 It was worth the hype (even my sister thinks so) because I have been using this polish a lot.
PROS: It dries easily, it applies evenly and the color is true to it’s bottle color (some polishes look pretty on the bottle and sucky on your nails). The color complements varied skin tones. The bottle is lots of fun too (adds to the charm of the polish) What I love best about it? It looks so good on my very short nails.
CONS: It’s limited edition. They stock an obscenely small volume here in Manila. It’s quite pricey for a nail polish @ Php600 ~ about $13. (Well NARS is definitely more expensive @ Php900/pop ~ about $20 but my nail salon carries that color so I actually don’t need to buy my own bottle of NARS).
Other than the availability and the price, I am quite sold on my Wonder Woman polish. I say, I nailed this color 😉