I’m on a Wicked high.
Last Wednesday, I went to the Wicked press launch at the Diamond Hotel.
The Wicked dragon welcomed us to the Emerald Banquet.
We were served a lot of green food.
But I wasn’t able to eat most of it because I was too excited.
I loved the performances from cast members – Suzie Mathers performed “Popular,” Jemma Rix sang “Defying Gravity.” (That’s Jemma in this picture, having a crazy confetti moment.)
Jemma and Suzie sang “For Good” and I thought I was going to cry.
I had fun chatting with the girls after the show – they’re so excited to return to Manila next year to play Glinda and Elphaba in Wicked’s limited run at the CCP.
I was so thrilled to find out that the rumors are true – Wicked really is coming to Manila in January!
And I know that’s still months away but I already know what I’m going to wear when I watch my favorite musical again.
Bewitched, from Laura Mercier’s Dark Spell Collection for Fall 2013.
Laura Mercier has proven again and again that her brand goes beyond makeup – she also makes great polish. She can do reds. Nudes and browns. Pinks and corals. And she can do a violet. Oh god, that sexy violet.
And with Bewitched, Laura adds a sexy green to her nail polish rainbow.
I like the change in the bottle too. It’s sleeker and sexier. And although I never really had problems with Laura Mercier’s older polish caps, I like that this cap can now be removed to reveal a screw top – just like you see in Chanel and Dior bottles.
Now here’s the weird thing. On her website, Laura Mercier describes Bewitched as “black with green sparkle.” But to me, it looks more like a beautiful deep dusty blue-green creme with greenish gold glitter.
I can definitely see blue undertones in this polish.
Under different lighting conditions, the polish can look a lot darker, like a rich shimmery forest green.
Either way, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Such a complex shade.
The formula was great, it applied beautifully.
The color is so rich it was almost a one-coater but I still chose to use two.
I know a polish is truly unique when I have a hard time coming up with colors that could be possible dupes. I have so many bottles of polish that I’ve lost count (I should get around to updating my inventory soon) and I was happy to discover that I couldn’t think of anything that looked really similar to Bewitched. I rooted around my Helmers and came up with these.
Even in the bottle it’s pretty clear that there are no clones here. (By the way, can we pause for a moment and swoon over a-england’s Saint George? I really love that polish.)
On the nails, it’s the same. No dupes, not even close.
RBL Teal is lighter and has a creamy formula and no shimmer. a-england’s Saint George is a beautiful teal holo. Zoya Ivanka is a super shimmery lighter, brighter green that flashes gold.
I thought I could create a dupe by layering Ivanka over RBL Teal. Although we’re one step closer, it still wasn’t a perfect copy – my Teal + Ivanka combo was still lighter and the glitter didn’t have the duo-chromatic qualities Bewitched’s glitter has.
It’s really beautiful. I think it’s a must-have.
Laura Mercier’s Dark Spell Collection will hit Rustan’s The Beauty Source’s counters in September. Bewitched will be available for ₱745.
And here’s a tip for boyfriends or husbands (Ha! As if men read this blog): if your girl loves Wicked and loves nail polish, get a bottle of Bewitched and surprise her with it. I can guarantee that you’ll score major points and she’ll have a Wicked mani when you watch the show.