I own three bottles of it, just in case I lose one.
It takes me a long time ?€¡± if ever ?€¡± to finish a bottle of nail polish, and I considered it to be something of an urban legend until I found my one consistent go-to color: Revlon?€?s Colorstay Gel Envy in the shade ?€?Perfect Pair.?€?
Perfect Pair is the kind of color the beauty industry calls “nude” even though that term only really applies to certain (lighter) skin tones. It’s a little more pinkish and rosier than a traditional nude, and deeper in shade thanks to its brown undertones.
To get just the right color, I use two coats. The formula is slightly thick, creating a beautiful gel-like shine. (And although it?€?s marketed as a gel, it doesn?€?t require UV lights to dry and comes off pretty easily with nail polish remover.) I?€?d say it lasts about five days without any chipping.
But ultimately, perhaps one of my favorite things about it is it?€?s eliminated the indecision around picking a color at the nail salon ?€¡± particularly when you know you want something in the sandy beige range but don?€?t know where to start. (Because really, how do you even distinguish between O.P.I. Samoan Sands and O.P.I. Don?€?t Pretzel My Buttons? Or Essie?€?sBallet Slippers and Birthday Suit?) With nail brands making dozens of iterations on the same color, often with only a hair of a difference ?€¡± a slight grayish tinge here, a yellow undertone there ?€¡± it?€?s nice to have my own perfect shade.