What’s going on everyone? I’m concerned. Concerned and dismayed at the lack of love for green right now. I know, I know – you US gals are in your “fall” period where halloweenie colours are all the rage, but I still don’t think I can overlook this. You see, I’ve had a word with some of my green polishes in my Helmer (over tea, as one does) and they honestly feel neglected and left out. Especially at this time of year. So today, I’ve decided to raise a toast to my favourite green nail polish shades. But not the more common ones – Everyone knows what Chanel Jade, China Glaze Emerald Sparkle and Essie Dominica Green look like. Heck, even MAC Peppermint Patti would garner a nod of recognition. Today’s post is all about the unsung heroes of my green Helmer drawers. Some of you may have some of these babies tucked away and gathering dust. Pull them out and show them some love!
(Apologies in advance for some of these swatches. A few of these are from the Jurassic period.)
Brucci Black Emerald is perhaps about two years old now? Probably discontinued, but I know so little about Brucci that you might be able to convince me that it’s actually a confectionery company taking a risky foray into the Beauty World. If I remember correctly, there was also a fabulous blue released at the same time. As well as a polish that had something to do with trousers. (Who the hell is Chris anyway?)
Really, when I see Cetuem 191 on my nails all I really want to do is make unintelligible noises and grunts. It’s so beautiful that there are no words. Cetuem is a UK brand that somehow ended up with bottles shaped the same as Chanel (much cheaper and lighter glass though). They are indeed still in business and you can buy their lacquers online, although they are a tad on the pricy side. No idea about international shipping though as the few I own were muled by this rad girl I know named Carla.
Speaking of brands from the UK, how stunning is Constance Carroll Empire? You can totally see it’s beauty despite this shitty swatch that is so old we might need to carbon date it. I found this bottle while on holiday on the Gold Coast about four years ago (who knew?) but I’ve since seen this pop up a fair bit on eBay. But I’ve never seen anyone blog it or swatch it except me. Guys, you’re hurting her feelings. She needs to hear how pretty she is and I’ve told her that many times that she’s stopped believing me.
I have a fascination with vintage Cutex polishes. I have a bunch of them. Some of them are nearly unswatchable, but oh so awesome in the bottle. Cutex Sweet Pea is not one of those shades. Not only does it look good in the bottle, but it’s swatchable AND wearable and absolutely freaking gorgeous. Sweet Pea was another pickup from eBay UK (along with Huckleberry – delish) and there are still a few auctions available. Oh wow, that swatch looks familiar…
Okay, okay. La Femme Egyptian Gold is basically a gold, BUT I’d class it as an olive gold. And olive is green so it makes the cut on a technicality. Also it’s my blog and I’ll blog if I want to. I have a hate hate hate love hate relationship with La Femme. With the exception of two shades (this one and this crazy gorgeous blue) I’ve always been wickedly disappointed by their colours. You just don’t get the coverage, formula or depth that you’re expecting from bottle pics. But Egyptian Gold is almost enough to make me want to try more. Almost.
So what if the bottles are tiny? Just one look at Mavala Electric Green should be all you need to convince you to give this brand a try. It’s gorgeous. Like some sort of funky disco beetle. I bought a couple of bottles of this while in the UK last year (along with Acid Yellow – aka freaky disco banana). I’m pretty sure this one is still on the books for Mavala so if you happen to see it, give it a try. WORTH IT.
Well I’m probably being a little mean here posting about Misa Four Leaf Clover, because unlike the majority of the rest of the greens I have posted here today, this one is rarer than hen’s teeth. I really hate that expression. Why did I use it? This one is rarer than unicorn pubes. Much better. I have no idea how old these are (anyone? Bueller?) but considering it’s in what I can only presume is an old style Misa bottle I’m guessing it’s pretty darn ancient. I bought this (and many other vintage Misa) a long time ago from a gal who found a bunch in a beauty supply in the UK (is it just me or has everything come from the UK today). This puzzles me though. What happened to all these bottles? Why aren’t there any in the US? Why doesn’t anyone else have any of these colours? They’re too good quality to be fake Misa’s. My curious brain wants answers dammit!
So that’s part one finished of my “Green Polishes You Should Lust After” series. Oh yes, tomorrow there will be more. Unless I don’t do it as planned and then this was totally only meant to be a one part thing, okay?
But before I go, here’s the GOOD news: I’ve done some digging and I’ve found where you can purchase some of these colours – RIGHT NOW! Yes, that’s right. Not only am I creating lemmings, but I’m a wicked mad enabler too. GO NUTS.
Cetuem 191 – http://www.cetuem.com/nail-enamels_181-210.htm
Constance Carroll Empire – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3-Green-Nail-polish-Diamond-Gloss-339-empire-12ml-/250915146884 (UK Only, but it doesn’t hurt to ask)
Cutex Sweet Pea – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CUTEX-STRONG-NAIL-ENAMEL-HARVEST-RANGE-6-SHADE-/390334637591 (UK Only, but it doesn’t hurt to ask)
La Femme Egyptian Gold – http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/New-Femme-Egyptian-Gold-Nail-Polish-Varnish-/330613676155
Mavala Electric Green – http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Mavala-Mini-Nail-Polish-Electric-Green-5ml-91126-/270743000752