August 30 2014

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Nailing Fall’s Nineties Moment


Floss-Gloss-cropIn a sea of ballet-slipper pink and nude polishes (seen at show after show for Spring 2014), I found myself pining for a rosy hue that was—dare I say it? —a little grittier. Enter San Francisco-based lacquer brand Floss Gloss, which saw fit to fill what felt like a gaping hole in the beauty market. Dinge, one of four polishes from its fall Princess of the Night collection, is described as a “bad girl nude,” the color of dirty Capezios. A gray-tinged, creamy pale pink, this shade is at once delicate and perverse. The collection’s other inspirations are equally enticing: Faded, a dusty blue-gray, takes a pitch-perfect cue from aged tattoo ink. Black Holy is a glossy ebony homage to metal chicks, “for the unholiest of babes.” But the surprise standout? Moon Baby, an icy, icy powder-blue cream that makes a mean partner to fall’s grunge predilections.

Get all four polishes, plus base and top coats, in the Princess of the Night collection, $42, at Or purchase each separately, $8.

Photo: Courtesy of Floss Gloss

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