I finally had my beloved Dries van Noten inspired gel manicure (curious? Take a peek here) removed because I’m going on a business trip next week (and those statement nails just weren’t very “professional” for my dull dull line of work), and because a couple of nails cracked down the middle and I had to cut them off. Anyway, I was glad for the opportunity to try out this absolutely uh-maaaa-zing Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer #140 Petra.
Marc Jacobs Beauty launched a massive, mind-whooping, 24 shades of nail lacquers last month; and I had a real nail-biting time trying to pick just 1 to try. I finally landed on #140 Petra because I was feeling the need for a metallic nude this season. Nude, this most certainly is not!, but it is so so so much more!!!
Petra is a rich, complex, holographic polish that is described as “dirty bronze metallic shimmer”. At first glance, it appears bronze and gritty, but it actually feels smooth to the touch. It then turns taupe and purple as different lights hit it.
The formula is somewhat thick and tends to streak. Regardless, 2 coats provides full opacity and resolves the streakiness. I loved that it dried FAST, rivaling Guerlain’s (reviewed here), which is impressive and much needed for those of us who need to be able to go pick up a crying baby at a moment’s notice! The brush itself is sadly the traditional round type (everybody should convert to those flat brushes asap!) and is rather narrow, requiring quite a few strokes to cover the entire nail. It is fairly stiff though (certainly stiffer than Chanel’s) which gives you a bit more control.
I was also in the mood to do some color-blocking that has been all over the runways at NYFW, and pulled out my Chanel Taboo (reviewed here). My freehand is sadly lacking, but I’m really quite fond of the outcome!
Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer promised chip-resistant wear, and I must say, so far so good! Each shade is also 3-free, which is such a must these days. #140 Petra is one of my favorite nail polish shades for this season, and I think it will see me through office, evenings, and well into the tinsel season! What do you think?