8 March 2010

OPI – You Don’t Know Jacques

I am going to write about things other than OPI nail polish, I promise.  Or maybe I won’t, who knows.  It is one of my most favourite things ever.  I do have quite a few and plan to review all of them over the next week or so, so if you’re not interested then I suggest you turn around and walk out of my life until at least the 20th March.  But do come back afterwards, I shall miss you terribly otherwise.
Today’s colour is You Don’t Know Jacques, a lovely mushroom grey colour; not quite the ‘greige’ of this season but close enough to look on trend and a nice way to segue into Spring from the black days of winter.  For this manicure, I cut my nails as short as I could, mostly in a concerted effort to achieve a longer finish than usual.  I applied this on Saturday morning, and two days later it’s going strong, which is something of a record for me.  There were two thumb disasters yesterday whilst I was involved in a massive baking extravaganza, but the varnish came off in a sheet rather than a chip.  This is because I have used, for the first time, the hallowed Seche Vite.  I will do a whole separate post about that little gem.
I digress.  Again.  You Don’t Know Jacques was one of the standout colours from OPI last year, and, being on the ball as usual, I purchased it a couple of weeks ago.  I love it.  It’s totally different from everything else in my collection and is the darkest shade I own.  I’ve never felt that dark shades suit me, so have always stuck to nude and bright shades, but I am a total convert.  I think it helps that I have very short nails right now; I don’t see this working on anything longer.  It’s chic, sophisticated, ‘grown up’ and not at all to be confused with anything dark that one might find on the tortured talons of a teenager or Twilight fan (they’re not mutually exclusive).
It’s a shade that goes with everything, clothes-wise, and is so much more interesting that a nude shade, which I normally rely on (see last post).  I’m very delighted I was brave and selected this colour; I wouldn’t wear it on my toes though.  Coverage wise, the photo above is one coat, on a clear base with Seche Vite over the top.  It was a bit streaky on application but I got the hang of it after the first hand.
Love it.   Available from Liberty, or http://www.nailsandthings.co.uk/ where I got mine. 

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