Despite the fact that this gorgeous Zoya polish is the exact pink-tinged periwinkle of a perfect Bachelor Button, the name of Saint is an apt one – during the Renaissance period, these sorts of blues were reserved for paintings of only the highest ranking of biblical figures. Blue pigment – particularly that of the cerulean or purple-leaning variety – was both expensive and exceedingly difficult to come by; as such, only your top tier saints were garbed in blue. So there’s a fun little trick for picking out the important people in Renaissance paintings. The things you learn in a day, right?
And what I learned today is that this polish, a very recent purchase from Nail Polish Canada’s Black Friday sale, is stupendous. I adore polishes like Saint – clear, vibrant jellies infused with pink micro-shimmer. The resulting look is quite oil slicky, with a deep purple streak that makes the polish look like it’s glowing from within. One of my favourite polishes to use this effect is Girly Bits Cosmetics’ Dead Man’s Toe, a dark khaki creme that looks like queasiness in a bottle (and I mean that in the best possible way!) But Saint, with its pink-hued shimmer and glassy, periwinkle hue, is beauty divine, no caveat (or names that invoke cadavers.)
Except here comes one small caveat. Being a jelly, Saint wants to pull back from the edges of your nails, an effect that’s exacerbated by quick dry topcoats. So when applying, run the polish (I used three light coats for this manicure) right up to the edges of your cuticles. By the time it’s dry, it will have shrunk a bit, leaving you with a nice little frame around the edges of your nails that hopefully won’t require too much cleanup. Zero sinning.