Wednesday, June 1, 2011

k2k goes BRIGHT! - Essie Geranium


I usually reserve brights for my toes - I'm a bit scared to wear them on my tips! What with the unofficial start of summer (Memorial Day weekend), I was suddenly in the mood to have some colour to pop against my almost-always-neutral outfits!

So I chose Essie Geranium, a super award-winning polish that I picked up at Ulta for a buck a long time ago when I was visiting my mother. (Her Ulta always has the most random/wonderful things on sale.) This is a polish I lovelovelove on my toes, but it's never ventured onto my tips.

Until now...


I received *so many* compliments on this mani it was ridiculous! I guess because it was more noticeable? I wore this with neutral outfits - blacks, greys, whites, khakis - and delicate turquoise jewelry and I think it worked really well. I usually steer clear of such loud hues on my tips, but something about the season has me feeling adventurous. The fact that I think this colour really works with my skin tone and lil' nubbins doesn't hurt either! I think the name of this polish is absolutely perfect - Geranium - yes, named after a flower, but it also sounds like it could be a radioactive element!

Colour me converted - I now imagine that I'll be sporting this and other orange-y colours (a la Essie Meet Me At Sunset - *swoon*) on my tips this summer! And maybe a bright pink or two? We shall see...

Do you wear brights in summer? What are your faves?

kittytokaren


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19 comments:

Laura said...

I love Geranium! It looks more orange on me though. I especially love the fact that I found it at Ulta for 99 cents.

Grace said...

I love it! Essie enough is enough (enuff is enuff?) is my favorite bright coral, and I do love it on both tips and toes. Bright corals are just so perfect for summer.

tata-nadaver said...

Its nails beautiful!
kisses

Adrianna said...

For some odd reason I've been buying a lot of mauves and taupes this summer. But today, it's Zoya Sooki and super bright!

Deborah said...

This looks stunning on you, you definitely should wear more brights :D!

Rachel said...

I always go back to my all-time favorite polish...OPI Cajun Shrimp. I wear it all summer on my tips and toes!

JC! :) said...

I love it! I can see why you got complimented.

Zara said...

That's a great color, and it looks fabulous on you!

jbrobeck said...

I am so proud of you for branching out! Now just don't freak out and try to downsize your stash again!

p.s. it's my favorite Red Essie!

Lucy said...

I'm so glad you've worn a bright color on your fingernails. I think it's the easiest way to be brave with color. This is really pretty.

Ari said...

I have the same color on my left hand! My right hand is Essie's exposure.

kittytokaren said...

@Laura - It changes in terms of orange-ness depending on the light for me. I love it!

@Grace - enuff is enuff is so pretty! I wanted to get it, but I feel like I have so many colours from this family already. And you're right, bright corals are perfect. I'm pretty hooked right now!

@tata-nadaver - Thank you!

@Adrianna - Hey, taupes are always perfect. :)

@Deborah - Thank you! And I am :) You'll see more in upcoming posts!

@Rachel - ilexica just sent me Cajun Shrimp and its gorgeous! I can't wait to test it out - look out for it in a future post from me! A lot of people seem to love it. I know its one of Piff's favourites!

@JC - Aww thanks :)

@jbrobeck - Yes! Thank you for being proud of me! It is scary, but baby steps? And you *know* I'm a chronic purger...

@Lucy - Yes, I would never wear this in clothes, but I'm loving it on my nails! Every year I get a little braver...

@Ari - Hehe do you do different polishes on different hands often? Or are you swatching?

Sminkan said...

Oh! Gorgeous red on you!

Alison said...

I don't normally do brights, but really felt like one today so I painted on Essie Beach Bum Blue and I am really loving that little hit ocolour! It makes me smile and I too got lots of compliments on it.

I've been wanting to try Geranium but don't normally suit orangey/coral colours so have given it a miss so far. I may have to give it a go now!

ilexica said...

LOVE this on you. I must look out for it!

Weirdly I'm the other way around - I like brights on my fingers and neutrals / boring colours on my toes. I've got Essie minimalistic as a pedi at the moment (after seeing your post on it) and I love it.

Jane Dough said...

In the same wheelhouse, I love Essie Clambake. Perfect, glossy, jellyish orange/red. It's on my fingers now and I'm smitten. It makes me want to wear a muumuu and sit on the lanai.

kittytokaren said...

@Zara - Sorry buddy! Missed you the first time around - thanks for the comment!

@Sminkan - Thank you@

@Alison - BBB looked gorgeous on you!! I really didn't think it would look that pretty! I think because I have yellow skin the orange/coral thing can work on me (not always though - oi.)

@ilexica - I've always been more daring on toes, but lately I've seen a bunch of girls aroudn with rather sedate pedis and it looked *so good* that I want to try it! (Glad you like Minimalistic ;) )

@Jane Dough - Yes! I'm not sure how different Clambake is to this, but it can't be by much! And add a cocktail to that picture and I'm there...

k2k

Sasha said...

I have this one and have been meaning to try it- it looks great on you. I bought it for my mom because I thought it might be a dupe for her discontinued favorites- Loreal Geraninum and Loreal Mango Mango. She said it was too red, so she let me keep it. I think I'll try it out as a pedi.

beachgal said...

I love this shade - wear it often and yr round too at that which cannot say but for maybe a hand full of polish shades. It's got enough orange and a touch of pink in the red to make it really pop and work great with both warm and cool skin tones. Looks great on you. Love it as a toe color too.

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