At the beginning of the first National Lampoon’s Vacation movie, enthusiastic family man Clark Griswold takes possession of a ludicrously large and rectangular station wagon, behind the wheel of which he will safely, but definitely not stylishly, chauffeur his family from their stately home in Chicago to California, where Walley World, a Disney-type amusement park, awaits their every vacationing pleasure.
That the station wagon (model name: Wagon Queen Family Truckster) is absolutely not the vehicle he ordered in anticipation of the cross-country trip is somewhat besides the point, as when it arrives, it’s clad in a sickly green hue dubbed “Electric Pea” (and about a rec room’s worth of faux wood paneling.) Even the coolest little sports car in the world couldn’t overcome that particular paint job.
But owing to some odd combination of poor colour resolution in taped-off-the-TV ’80s movies and my own childlike grossness, I’ve always thought of the Pea as Pee. Because peas are super cute, and the prettiest shade of grass green. But a gigantic wood paneled station wagon painted the flat, queasy colour of a urine sample is decidedly less cute!
Know what else doesn’t fare particularly well in shades of urine? Nail polish! Like this uniquely-hued lacquer, Enchanted Polish’s House of the Rising Sun. Bearing virtually nothing in common with either the life-sustaining ball of fire OR the 1964 Animals’ tune, I’m completely confused by this polish’s name, because it is 100 PERCENT Electric Pee. For real, I’m holding a touch-up bottle of car paint for the Griswolds’ Wagon Queen Family Truckster here!
I’m still not entirely sure why I purchased House of the Rising Sun. I’m going to chalk it up to Black Friday Blindness – you just don’t pass up an in-stock Enchanted Polish at 50 percent off, even if it’s the colour of wee. All the same, I can’t imagine using this polish for anything other than detail work in nail art, as it is SPECTACULARLY unflattering against my pale pink hide. Those with very dark skin tones, however, would look simply stunning in this unique hue. I can picture Lupita Nyong’o rocking the hell out of it, and probably with the matching lipstick, too.
Having said all that, it’s still an Enchanted Polish, which means it’s beautifully formulated, applies like a dream and wears like iron. And at 50 percent off? Well, I can’t complain too much about that. 🙂