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.