Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Instead of Coral: Essie Turquoise & Caicos


In the summer I like to wear jewelry that I wouldn't normally wear in the winter. I tend to alternate between delicate coral pieces and chunky turquoise necklaces. Since my search for that perfect coral polish has been difficult, I decided that I should do the same with my nails - try turquoise on for size!

I picked this up a while ago on impulse and immediately regretted it - I felt stupid...I was certain I had purchased something that looked pretty in the bottle but would look awful on my nails. But then one day, as I was piling on the turquoise jewelry over my basic black tee, I thought 'why not'?

Essie Turquoise & Caicos is a colour I wouldn't even think twice about getting in clothing, accessories or home goods - anything this colour comes home with me. I'm very into MCM design and this colour is a staple from that era. Heck, this is the colour of the KitchenAid mixer in my wildest fantasies! But on my nails, I wasn't so sure...

And I think it's working? I am way out of my comfort zone with this, so help me out ladies!

Essie Turquoise & Caicos:


Of course this is not a colour I'm going to sport every day, but I am enjoying wearing it! It matches a lot of the turquoise pieces I have, and with a basic outfit I think it makes quite a statement. It is deeper and more intense than Chanel Nouvelle Vague, which is the only other colour I have in this family (and I'll be showing it to you soon). I've received several compliments on this, and I can't wait to try it on my toes!

This pic was taken after several days of wear, so excuse the out-growth - but look at the great wear! It was a total mess to apply - 3 treacherous coats of hot streakiness. Once I got it all on there and popped a thick coat of Seche Vite over the top, it looked like a million bucks and all of the problems I had with application weren't visible.

I think this is a great summer alternative to coral for me - bright, but yet cute, and I don't feel like a total moron wearing it if I have the right accessories.

Do you think this turquoise is too bold for me? Do you ever match your outfit/accessories with your polish?

kittytokaren


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19 comments:

Spaceinvaders said...

Pretty colour! I don't think it's too bold for you at all. When I wear nailpolish colours like this, I keep my clothes in black/white/grey shades. Well I actually don't wear much colour, so it's not too difficult :P

Nina said...

Looks gorgeous, and I think it's a very wearable turquoise - not too cool or too dusty. Awesome!

tasha~ said...

I have this one and I love it! Even my mother, who is really conservative, wanted to put it on. I think is very appropriate for spring/summer! I think neons are too bold for everyday, this is gorgeous! I actually loved the application on this one... it wasn't streaky and it leveled out well for me...

Faith J. said...

I think it's a classy color, think Tiffany & Co.

And I do often decide what to wear based on what's on my nails that day!

Sasha said...

I think it looks great on you! I am embracing color as well and trying things other than my normal colors lately.

Here's my swatch of Turquoise & Caicos.

http://www.manicuremommas.com/2010/05/notd-essie-turquoise-caicos.html

Lapis of Luxury was actually my favorite one from the Resort Collection, and I have never worn blue before, but I loved it.!

Piff said...

OMG fantasy mixer! ME TOO! Though mine is a screaming orange color.

Bunny Masseuse said...

It didn't work for me, Greenport was a better fit for my skintone.

Sarah said...

I think this polish is great on you! Just a nice splash of colour. :)
I've got this on my toes right now and I love it.

AggiePigeon said...

wear this, seriously, its lovely!

I don't try to match my accessories with my polish but I'm sure it happens sometimes.
=)

kittytokaren said...

@SpaceInvaders - I am like you and don't wear much colour in my clothing - if I want to spice it up I use a big necklace or something. But I love black, grey, navy the most :)

@Nina - Thank you - and yes, I think this is the most wearable one I've tried! Nouvelle Vague works well with my skin too but I don't really count that as turquoise - more 'aqua'/Tiffany Blue.

@tasha - AHhh I'm jealous that you had good application on this one!!!

@Faith J - I love that nails come first!!! hehe :)

@Sasha - I think it looks fab on you as well!!! Lapis is such a beautiful colour, but cornflower blue just didnt work on my skin tone.

@Piff - OMG you have a fantasy mixer as well??? I keep telling the BF we should just get married so I can put my precious KitchenAid on the registry and finally get it...I've been lusting for many years...

@Bunny Masseuse - I'm exactly the opposite! Greenport just looks weird on me!

@Sarah - Thank you friend :) I can't wait to try it on toes!! Glad to hear you're liking it on the piggies :)

@AggiePigeon - Yes ma'am! My matching was kind of inadvertent - I just love turq jewelry - but I liked how it turned out!

k2k

Adrienne said...

This is soooooo pretty!! KEEP FOR SURE

Laura said...

You're going to hate me b/c I have a kitchenaid in this color but I think it's been discontinued!

kittytokaren said...

@Adrienne - OK its going in the keep pile! :)

@Laura - So. Jealous. Can't. Describe. Mixer of my dreams!!!

k2k

Katy said...

It's a beautiful color, and sold out everywhere I've been, so congrats on getting it early.

Frankenstyna said...

Such a great color, I have it on my toes right now! I think it looks nice on you too! I love "Turquoise & Caicos" and "Lapiz of Luxury" from that line.
I'm glad blues and greens are trendy again. I just love turquoise and can't get enough of it!

kittytokaren said...

@Katy - Thanks! And yeah I haven't seen it around anymore so I got lucky!

@Frankenstyna - Ahhh another T&C pedi! I bet it looks awesome!

k2k

ReaderRita said...

Oh! It looks great on you- and don't be afraid to wear it with coral jewelry, either- I think it would look fabulous! You could even go with the same color, but a darker hue- China Glaze Custom Kicks comes to mind- to get a bit of color on ya!
(Plus, life is too short to always wear black clothing- wear something not black every day- you'll feel more energized, I guarantee!) (that's coming from someone who wore all black for 10 years straight, until I realized how aging it can be...)
Go on with your beautiful self- live it up!

kittytokaren said...

@ReaderRita - Sometimes I wear grey...or navy....hahaa I think you're right I need to be more adventurous!

Arrianne said...

You're sooo uptight with your polish colors! I understand that is your style, but it seems that way to me. I don't mean it in any offense either. It's just funny the things you say and how you react to certain colors.

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