I’m not going to pretend: I have never mastered the art of the home manicure. I heart nail salons. New York was bliss for me, with a nail bar on every block and a mani/pedi on offer for $20+tip. It’s a lot more expensive in London, and I can’t justify my once weekly visits over here.
So whilst my left hand in the images below is verging on acceptable, my right does rather look as though it was applied by a child. Still, no matter, you can see the colour after two coats on each and that is what matters.
If you follow beauty news at all, then you will know that years back a bit of canny product placement on Uma Thurman’s nails in Reservoir Dogs got Chanel’s Rouge Noir to the number one spot, and since then Chanel & their guru Peter Phillips have a knack each season for formulating a shade that immediately becomes the must-have.
This season it’s all about Chanel Mimosa (£17), part of the Chanel summer make-up collection: Les Fleurs D’Été de Chanel, and the varnish is exclusively available at Selfridges at the moment. It’s a lovely yellow, with a slightly more sheer feel and an almost orange-y tone (left hand). I gave it two coats for this photo: it definitely needs three. On my right hand I’m wearing Topshop’s yellow, Bee’s Knees (£5), which is more like the Urban Decay colours we all wore ten years ago – lots of white in it, but very shiny, not matte at all.
I think the warmer tones of Mimosa work best with my skintone, and overall it’s a much more flattering colour and expensive feeling formulation than the Bee’s Knees, but if you haven’t £17 to spare, then the Topshop version is definitely an acceptable substitute.
But I’m still not sure if I would wear yellow on my hands…maybe it’s better on toes, and with a tan.