One of my favorite things in the world is getting mail – nail mail.
And yesterday, a fantastic FedEx package arrived from Petah, my awesome polish elf.
You know how he got me my Les Jeans De Chanel at this year’s Fashion Night Out. But that’s not all Petah sent.
He also sent this lovely bag from Sephora.
And the bag contained two very special polish bottles.
Two bottles I’ve been lemming for months.
Two bottles I’ve been drooling over.
Two bottles I had almost given up on.
And they’re finally here.
Dior Camel and Ebony.
The two shades from Dior’s Mitzah Collection.
The collection was inspired by Mitzah Bricard, Christian Dior’s muse.
Mitzah Bricard was a leopard print-loving hat designer.
And Dior honored her with a leopard print-inspired makeup collection that I just love.
This is Ebony.
Ebony is a gorgeous gray brown.
The formula was lovely, like most of the Diors in my collection.
Super smooth, glossy and opaque in two coats.
Ebony is a bit lighter than Underground and doesn’t have Underground’s purple tones.
This one is dusky and has a lot of gray in it.
I love it.
I think it’s gorgeous.
Naturally, even though I suck at nail art, I had to try leopard print nails using Ebony as the base.
It’s messy, yes.
But I was surprised at how much I liked it.
I used Dior Camel to make the spots before outlining them with Etude House’s black nail art pen.
My mistake was using Dior’s gigantic brush to make the spots.
It was easier to do with an orange stick – but I discovered that later.
Still, I like it.
And now, Dior Camel.
Now I had really high hopes for this polish.
But oh my god, it was so thick and streaky I almost cried.
I’m pretty sure I got a bad bottle because everyone else had nothing but great things to say about Camel’s formula.
And I’ve never seen a streaky Dior polish and I have quite a few. I’m so tempted to write to Dior about this.
I’m normally really careful about watering down my polish with thinner (I’ve only done it once – and to a Seche Vite top coat and not an actual polish) but this time I had no choice. And even though Sparitual recommended that I only use two drops of their thinner, I ended up using ten to make this work.
Sigh, Camel. Why did you have to break my heart?
Of course, even though Camel was stubborn, I knew I had to do leopard print nails using her as the base.
This time I used an orange stick to make the Ebony spots.
It was way easier because I had more control.
I have so much respect for nail artists. What they do is so not easy. (You rock, Sophy Robson. You’re awesome, Rina Alcantara.)
Originally I wanted to use Konad.
Now I’m glad I couldn’t find my plate with the leopard print design.
It forced me to do this freehand.
I am not good at it but I still had fun.
And while you will not see any leopard prints in my wardrobe,
this is a look I can totally rock – at least on my nails.
I liked how this turned out so much that I can almost forgive Camel for being streak city.
I love you, Petah.
You can find Dior’s Mitzah Collection at Sephora now.