I was in the mood for a "palette cleanser", so I put on Essie Sand Tropez, a beige creme from the Spring 2001 French Affair collection. I only needed two coats of color with this one, which is good for a light shade like this.
A lot of you no doubt noticed this bottle is one of the new "retail" ones, from Essie's expansion into mass market distribution. These new bottles lack the "e" on the cap, and have stickers on one side of the bottle (but still have the molded name in the glass on the other). I got this particular bottle at my local CVS; I've also seen Essie at Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Meijer. Here are some of the different displays I've seen:
Almost as soon as I put this on, I decided taking a break from color (and glitter) was a bad idea. It's somewhat interesting to see that when my hands are cold this shade is almost mannequin hands on me, but mostly it just makes me yawn to see it. It's held up very well, though; I'm on day five and have not had even one chip yet.
In what turned out to be an ill-advised attempt to add a little spark to this color, last night I stamped over it with Nicole by OPI It Starts With Me, a bronzey peachy color from the Liquid Metals collection, and the houndstooth design from Konad plate m63. I was going for a subtle tone-on-tone look; I ended up with a bit of mess. At least it's a subtle mess, so I didn't have to take it off and come to work bare-nailed today. The Nicole didn't play nicely for stamping; it was hard to get enough to stay in the plate to give good coverage. It turned out the best on one of my thumbs (if you ignore the fact I didn't get the design placed correctly).
I think I'll wait 'til summer to try this one again; when it's too hot and sticky out, a cool and calm neutral like this might be just the thing.