Ok, I know that sounds highly unlikely – someone who has over 100 bottles of polish (yes, I’ve passed that mark now!) somehow doesn’t own an aqua shade?! But seriously guys – I’ve purposely avoided that color for a long time. I just don’t think it looks that great on me! The one polish that I have that could probably be classified as a teal/aqua, LA Colors in Atomic, is kind of an fabulously ugly shade that probably doesn’t look good on most people, yet it draws the eye anyway. I’m not counting it because it’s just not what I envision when I think aqua. You know, shades like China Glaze For Audrey, Chanel Nouvelle Vague, or more lately, Dior’s St. Tropez (which I desperately wanted to jump on the bandwagon for, but couldn’t bring myself to pay $23 for a polish I might hate on my skintone). These shades are what come to mind for a fabulous aqua-blue Summer polish. But until now, I had nothing of the sort.
Zoya’s Wednesday, from the Beach & Surf Summer collection, somehow got under my defenses against aqua polish. It was a bit more dusty – while still retaining it’s Summery goodness – and not quite as bright and glaring as some of the other offerings; it seemed like if I was finally going to take a chance, this should be the polish I choose to do it with.
Zoya takes AGES to arrive here in Canada, which makes me absolutely crazy as it’s one of my favorite polish brands. To wait for it to *maybe* arrive in salons here (as not all collections do), it takes probably two months – as it was, it took well over a month for it to arrive on Nail Polish Canada, at which time I instantly ordered it sight unseen.
Once it arrived, with a little trepidation I did a full manicure with the shade. At first, I was unsure how I felt – it still seemed to obvious on my skintone, and it doesn’t fall within the pale/bright/dark category of polishes – tones that I find look best on me. It’s a mid-range shade that leans slightly green – also not a great color on me – but the slightly muted quality of it tones down any potential harshness.
I’m just wrapping up day two with this polish on, and I can now confidently say that I love it. Within the hour of application it grew on me – the creaminess, the pop of color against my skin that can only make me think of the sea and sun…it really can’t be beat! And the formula itself is quite good – two thin coats to opacity, and it’s self-leveling so any slight lumps and bumps get smoothed out to glossy perfection.
I’m loving this on my hands, but I think I will absolutely adore how this will look as a pedicure – bliss! I’m just so happy that I’ve found an aqua shade that I feel comfortable and confident sporting – yea for joining the rest of the population! 😛 I know I’m fussy when it comes to finding colors I feel are flattering, but if you’re not feeling good in what your wearing, then that sort of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?
What do you think of Wednesday? Can it join other aqua hall-of-famers? What’s your favorite aqua shade?