Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Essie Nail Polish in Neo Whimsical

As I and the accompanying seven girls in my ballet class stood at the back of the studio, clad in our "boots" (i.e. pointe shoes), we leaned over our knees, enveloped in a veil of despair concerning our performance in that ridiculous pirouette from fifth combination. My teacher cued off the music and said, "Progress, not perfection, ladies." Her voice was high pitched, but also peaceful, like dripping water. We pepped up our spirits, as much as you could in a period of thirty seconds, and moved on to the next exercise. 

My metaphors are reaching heightened levels, because I'm about to compare none other than a nail polish to that principle: "Progress, not perfection." Last year, I was a neutral, sheer nail color lover. If it looked like I was bare-nailed, but actually wearing polish, that was the ideal. This year, I've stretched into new territory: reaching for colors. By no means is my penchant for neons inflating, but Essie's Neo Whimsical is my new love. I've worn it three times so far this month, and whenever I crack out the acetone remover and prepare to slap on another shade, all the other bottles seem to blunder into a ray casting down to this one. It's obviously purple (Essie describes it as a "rose-plum pastel"), but not really all that colorful. It's hard to explain, but I'll give it a go. Despite its pigmented appearance, at first glance, it almost makes my nails look like they don't have polish at all, which I consider a good trait. In other words, it mends so seamlessly with the color of my skin, it's just a pretty finger extension. Nevertheless, there's something about this color that's tricky. Although it looks absolutely stellar paired with my skin tone--those aren't my words, just a summary of the plentiful comments I've received--it doesn't look too fantastic on my mom's. Her complexion is warmer than mine, and a bit more tanned, as well; finally, the pasty situation is working in my favor. 

Back to the metaphor. In the nail polish arena, I'm making progress in expanding my nail color repertoire. But this nail polish exceeds the phrase, "Progress, not perfection," because while I'm making progress, Neo Whimsical is truly perfection.


  1. Katherine PenneyJuly 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    This is such a lovely unique post, I love how you've written this :) xx

  2. This is just the thing that I always reach for! My "beiges and cream" nail color stash has grown exponentially since last year! :-) I haven't tried anything from Essie but I recently got one from Formula X which is very similar!


  3. Your writing is beautiful :) This colour looks lovely!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  4. Love this colour, and the metaphor was perfection! x

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  5. It looks gorgeous! I'm loving neutral light coloured nails lately, I used to go for crazy bright colors, but now I'm obsessed with buying soft pinks like this!


  6. This is such a lovely pink colour. I really enjoyed reading your blog post, as usual!

  7. This sounds like such a beautiful shade - looks like a very pastel pink in the above photo though, I'll have to try to track it down in store and give it a proper look! x


  8. This is such a beautiful shade. Definitely something I imagine you wearing. ;)

    I'll be checking this shade out as I'm looking for something like it. xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  9. Your way with words is lovely, Lillian <3

    Sofia | palelily.blogspot.com

  10. I haven't tried Formula X, but you must get your hands on some Essie--and now you have a good starting point *wink*. x

  11. Imagine how beautiful it looks in real life. x

  12. Soft colors are so understated. And understated, in my opinion, is the way to chic. x


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