Every year Pantone, which is not actually a paint manufacturer, but the creator of a highly proprietary colour-creating system, issues their pick for Color of the Year. Past years’ picks have included orchid purple, emerald and tangerine, with the upcoming year’s choices, ethereal blue Serenity and pale pink Rose Quartz, having already been announced. Last year’s choice, Marsala, proved to be a bit of a controversial one – hard to get folks on board with muted brick red after the previous seasons’ glut of rich, vibrant jewel tones. I don’t recall seeing a lot of marsala manis this past year either, come to think of it.
So what better time, here at the very end of the year, for me to pick up a polish inspired by 2015’s unloved Color of the Year? Better late than never, I say! Actually, I said that for the first time just now. 😉
This is KB Shimmer’s Men Are From Mars-ala, and like all of KB’s holos, it’s a lovely one – the usual gorgeous formulation shot through with a streak of copper-coloured shimmer. Zero complaints on formula, application and finish – rock steady, all.
But that colour (or Color.) I’m unsold. I am without sold! I initially thought I quite liked this VERY brown brick red, but upon closer inspection, it’s not a favourite. And while it’s actually quite flattering against my pale Celtic hide (matches the eight billion freckles that cover it, too) I ultimately find it just a shade too ’90s for my taste. And thanks, but that’s a look I really don’t need to revisit (seriously, why did we think that brown cosmetics everything would produce a “natural” look as opposed to just making us look all smudgy and dirty?) So a pass from me on Men are From Mars-ala, simply because of the colour. I took a chance, and it didn’t pay off. But no doubt I’ll find lots of uses for this polish in all manner of nail art, so fret not for its demise – stay of execution on account of Finding Something Else to Do With the Ugly Thing.