I Nailed It!

I am known to do some nutty things (not insane, but nutty) and the latest is buying $65 nail polish. That was not a typo. The bottle is the same size as $5 Revlon nail polish. It’s from Serge Lutens, a French photographer, filmmaker, hair stylist, perfume art director and fashion designer. I had already bought his insanely priced lipstick and love its rich color and the way it feel on my lips. So I thought I’d give the polish a try. I’ve spent $65 on sillier things.

Only two color polishes are available; one is deep cherry (I bought this)  and the other is nude. Both are supposed to look good with any woman’s skin tone.

My manicurist, Angela, loved the color, the smooth texture and the creamy consistency. It dries to a wonderful shine and feels like glass. There wasn’t a single chip after I went manicureless for two and a half weeks.

Here’s how I rationalize my purchase. The bottle of polish is going to last at least a year, so that’s a cost of a little less than 18 cents a day. A $65 hair cut lasts two months max, a cost of $1.08 a day. An eyebrow and lip wax cost $25, and last a month, which means 83 cents a day. And a massage costs $110, and lasts an hour, so that’s $2,640 a day.

BTW, I had lunch with my friend, Amy, right after I had my first manicure with my new polish. The moment she saw my nails, she said. “Where did you get that polish? I have to have it.” I swear. I didn’t wave my hands in her face or say a thing to elicit such unbridled enthusiasm.

There’s more: While I was having my second manicure yesterday with the polish fit for royalty, a FOF in the salon admired the color, so I invited her to try it.

I wonder when I’m going to tire of the color. Thank goodness, the company only has two shades and the one I didn’t buy is too light for my taste.

20 Responses to “I Nailed It!”

  1. shawn parker says:

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  2. 1955nurse says:

    Wow – that is my fav color, when I do dark polish… but Spring & Summer I usually go French mani – so I’d have to get the lighter one now. (Can’t afford it right now, but… when I can, if it kept me from having the gel nails applied I might consider it!) And don’t worry about all the people who think this is a silly purchase… if you are in a position where your hands/nails need to look good everyday, you do what you have to – & if it kept me from spending $50/month in a nail salon it would be worth it!

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  3. Pat says:

    I’d buy the nail polish in a heartbeat if does what you say it does. I hope you will give us an update in a month or two. I love laquer nails but would love to do chipless nail polish on my own. If you know where to buy in Canada let me know. I’m interested in the nude.

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    • Geri says:

      Hi Pat,
      I’ve been using the polish for almost two months at this point, and I love it. It never chips, just wears a bit at the very tip of the nails.

      I’ve opened boxes, packed boxes, and done numerous nail-abusing chores — and the polish has stood up to it all.

      Geri

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    • Geri says:

      Hi again Pat,

      I don’t know where you can buy the polish in Canada, but you can order it online from Barney’s:

      http://www.barneys.com/Faux-Semblant-Nail-Lacquer/00470906000969,default,pd.html

      Best,
      Geri

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  4. Amanda Dickerson says:

    We work so hard for our families and are the first to give to those in need. I think that every once in a while we deserve, if we can afford it, to splurge on ourselves. The nail polish is such a beautiful color.

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    • Geri says:

      Hi Amanda,

      Agree. Yesterday, I was rummaging around in boxes, drawers, closets –and the polish didn’t chip a bit!!! Yay.

      Geri

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  6. Patricia C. says:

    Dear Geri. Please buy anything you damn well please, lol. I say if that nail polish makes you happy, then that was a great purchase. So many times over the years, I have beat myself up over things I have bought. Things I actually needed, and I still felt guilty. But I’m trying to change that about myself. Thanks for the inspiration. I saw a really cute scarf I like…

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  9. Julianne says:

    After reading all the comments, my input is….Geri is a wonderful, giving woman. If she wants to buy $65 nail polish…bravo! Because she is the type of woman that GIVES more than receives. I love the analysis she gives, because I just bought a cheap bottle of nail polish…and you guessed it….it chipped. Not a day after putting it on! So my view is…if you buy a nail polish that chips (as easily as mine has done)…you’d be better off buying something that will last longer. Just like a pair of good sneakers…when you buy cheapo sneakers…you replace them in no time flat. I know because I have done this for years. When your arches start hollerin’ you’ll be listening! So sometimes buying for long lasting value is best than buying just because it’s cheap.

    Hugs to all and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  10. Vera J says:

    Geri,

    Ok. I have looked all over the internet and CAN NOT find this polish! Found the nude but not the deep cherry. Where did you get this? I know this sounds expensive, but just think about it. If it is the perfect color for everyone and you do not need another polish for maybe six months, is it really that expensive?

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  11. Mary says:

    No, I can’t imagine spending $65.00 for one bottle of nail polish, heck, I don’t like spending more than $1.99 on it.
    No, I just can’t imagine having that much discretionary income.

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  12. Kate Line Snider says:

    You ever notice how men just buy what they want, regardless of the price? They never justify it, and you don’t have to, either!

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  13. sharon segal says:

    Geri, Hi ! Love the new look of your blog page . You can spend your money any way you want. You work hard for it. Your math example on the cost per bottle really helps when spending $65 per bottle. Due to the odor, I am unable to go into a nail salon. I have Trudy who comes to my apt to do my nails. I will tell her about nail polish that costs $65 . Enjoy ! Stay well.

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  14. Vera J says:

    I’ve been looking for a polish that will go with everything. Is this it? I will bet that over the last 6 months I have purchased 20 bottles of polish, at between $2.50 and $6 per, and am not really happy with any of them. That averages out to about $90! If I could buy one bottle, even at $65, and it was the perfect color I would happily do it. Then not buy anymore!!!

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  15. Veritas 2011 says:

    Sorry, but I could NEVER justify spending $65 on a bottle of nail polish……I could buy a pair of sterling silver earrings that I would have for years with that money……on sale, I might even be able to buy TWO pairs! Tell us again how great the polish is in a year from now….old polish thickens over time…..but, if you can afford it and it makes you happy, then Bravo!

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