Last time I painted my nails yellow I was about 13, and I thought I was the blimmin’ business. This phase coincided with Marks and Spencer stocking a range of ridiculous makeup (in shades no one could actually, y’know, wear) in Pop Art-esque tins and cases, which I badgered the Beaut.ie parents for so much that they gave in and got me a pile of it for Christmas that year. I had no real idea how to use any of it, but hey, I loved the look of it.
Still haven’t worked out the best way to use blue, orange and green shadows together and at this stage, that’s probably for the best.
I had a bit of a flashback to that whole episode when we took a look at Chanel’s forthcoming Mimosa polish. Cos it’s Chanel, you just know this is gonna be the hot shade of the summer so I decided to get a bit of yellow-belly practice in early with a bottle of Essence Colour and Go polish in Sundancer which was knocking about in my samples box.
This is a lot more banana (in more ways than one) than Mimosa, which is a cooler yellow – and as far as I know, it’s also got some sparkle. Sundancer is a creme finish and it’s a pain in the arse – quite hard to work with, it took four – FOUR – coats for proper opacity. However, it also only costs about €1.99 so y’know, lets keep it all relative.
So, one of the biggest criticisms leveled at yellow is how awful it looks on a pale skintone. This is kind of true, and it does look better with a tan. So I decided to test Sundancer both ways. The first shot is on my au naturel hands and the second was taken after I flew to a Sunshine Destination for a couple of days* to quickly tan up. No, there is nothing I wouldn’t do for you lot.
Have a gander at the pair and then take the poll below. Do you prefer one over the other? Are they both gick on a stick? It’s your a call – and let me know what you think in a comment too.
On pasty paws
On lightly-tanned talons
*or after I lashed on a bit of He Shi One Day Tan, take your pick