If we’re talking about outdoor music festivals, I stopped going to those a long, long time ago. Turns out standing under the baking sun of an endless sky for 14 hours at a stretch in order to catch a 25-minute-long set from your favourite band (plus about 10 other 25-minute-long sets from bands you don’t particularly care about) is a young woman’s game, to say nothing of the Porta Potty situation, which is no woman’s game. It would seem that heatstroke is always pretty lame, even if it’s being backed by Smashing Pumpkins (ESPECIALLY if it’s being backed by Smashing Pumpkins.)
But we’re not here to talk about outdoor music festivals and whiny suck bands of the 1990s, we’re here to talk about nail polish, so on with the lacquered show! This sparkly little gem is Enchanted Polish’s Festival, a metallic micro glitter peppered with holographic rainbow glitter. This polish is a bit of a chamelon – there’s something sort of gold-toned and sandy to it (in the shade it looks like twinkling sea glass washed up on the shore) although at a distance, and depending on the quality of the light, it can also look quite pewter. And while metallics are never a recipe for subtlety – indeed, this one goes bananas out in the sun – Festival is not super in-your-face, a nice choice when you want to rock metallic rainbows without, you know, rocking metallic rainbows.
Formula-wise, Festival is quite lovely, flowing onto the nail smoothly and evenly, with none of that weird clumping micro glitters are typically so fond of. It also dries quickly between coats, although as always with these kind of polishes, you should pay special attention to the tips of your nails where the glitter seemingly never wishes to stick. A lightly dabbed-on coat of Festival just at the edges of your nails will fix that up in a jiffy so you can get on with the serious business of seriously cute nails!