A New Neutral

lilacA great neutral nail polish is tough to find. As much as I love the Essie pink classics - Mademoiselle, Ballet Slippers, Sugar Daddy - they can be a bit boring and sometimes too bridal. Every once in a while, a girl needs something a little more interesting than the same old blah colors to switch things up. I was pleasantly surprised when I grabbed Essie's Lyford Lilac off the color shelf at my nail place on Saturday. Like many nail polish colors, the name isn't entirely indicative of the color. Lyford Lilac isn't really lilac but rather a mauve creamy coffee-like beige with a purple undertone. As my friend Dara remarked over the weekend, your skin tone dictates how Lyford Lilac will look on you. For those well-versed in Essie colors, Lyford Lilac is a lighter, more beige sister to Mink Muffs (based on the timing of my Mink Muffs post, it seems I tend to lean toward these colors in March. Weird).

After a winter of deep dark colors and smoky grays and metallics, Lyford Lilac is the perfect transitional color to boost my mood for spring. Now all I need is 75-degree weather, endless sunshine, an M&M Blizzard, a poodle and a high-paying, low-stress part-time job and I'll be all set.

Essie Lyford Lilac, $4.99 at Amazon and $6.00 at Luxury Parlor