Bourgois So Laque! in 46 Abricot Ouaté
The colour isn’t the most obviously appealing or must-have, but something about this prim, peach pastel fascinates me.
One of five polishes from the COLLECTION SO LAQUE! ULTRA SHINE PARIS BUBBLE CHIC, Abricot Ouaté – like stablemate Rosé Merveille (no. 45) – is at the tame, conventional end of the mini-range which includes strong shades Bleu Fabuleux (no.60), Vert Chlorophylle (no.61) and Rose Imaginaire (no. 62).
It is an odd colour – kind of Sexy Sadie The Extremely Old Lady – and I LOVE it. On the fingernails it balances on a knife-edge between twilight home and high-class hooker: on the toenails it is simply classically pretty and flattering. I love reds on toes in the winter, but in the summer I find them a bit full-on. This makes your sandalled feet a bit less ‘Look, I can dance the flamenco!’ and more ‘Please excuse me, I’m late for ballet class. Ballet class in Le Marais.’
One of the best things about the So Laque! range is that just one coat delivers a great result – take the time to apply two and you can be sure of colour every bit as intense as the bottle cap. I am NOT a talented or patient manicurist and I treat my nails very badly, so if I can get three days perfect wear out of this, those who take better care of their pretty nails can, I imagine, get the one full week of wear promised by Bourjois.
I have yet to meet a So Laque! polish that doesn’t get full marks from me. But this deserves extra love for the great name – Abricot Ouaté translates as Apricot Cotton Wool, but OBVIOUSLY, no-one can read this name without thinking of the classic Carly Simon lines:
“You walked into the party
Like you were walking onto a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf it was apricot …”
And of course, once you have thought of this, you’re living it … so, when I have this polish on, I constantly have one eye in the mirror as I watch myself gavotte, and therefore rarely feel more beautiful, or indeed, more vain. Not so vain that I want you to see my face, however.
I tried to find a video of Carly singing You’re So Vain that’s as good as the pictures I see in my head when I’m wearing this polish – but it doesn’t exist. So instead, please enjoy James Taylor and Carly Simon singing Mockingbird: Carly’s feet and legs look AMAZING in this clip: click here for FEET INSPIRATION …