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July 12 2014

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The Search For The Perfect Red Polish Now Over

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After tiring of the orange and neon pink nail polishes I had been using with frequency last month in an attempt to coax summer out of hiding, I stumbled upon a lacquer that I had never seen before on a recent trip to the salon. It was in the red family, yes, but it looked different than other, deeper reds on its shelf—a cross between red, orange, and melon that compelled me so much, I applied it to my nails as I waited for a turn in the manicure chair. With a few strokes of the brush, my intrigue increased as the polish appeared as an unexpected shade of blood orange on the nail. What was this magical color, I mused to myself (although it’s likely that a whole series of facial expressions went along with this internal monologue that may have made me look borderline psychotic to anyone else in the area). As I flipped over the white-capped Essie bottle, the aptly named color revealed itself—One of a Kind. It is apparently from the brand’s Spring collection, although it’s really making my summer right now, equipped with chevron-patterned design tips in alternating lines of yellow, mint green, and blue. I also spied what looked like a direct match backstage at the Gaultier Fall Couture show last week—further evidence that the color is a good investment for the seasonal transition lurking in the distance.

Photo: Courtesy of Essie; Luca Cannonieri / Gorunway.com

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