I went there, yes, I did. I dropped my hard earned cash on a $50 bottle of nail polish. I’d do it again.
Alta Perla by Christian Louboutin is hands down one of my best beauty purchases of 2014. I’m aware that the polish came out months ago. I acknowledged it with a smirk and a shrug. “That’s nice, Louboutin is widening it’s market.” I’d never buy a bottle, my personal color pallet is more monochromatic. “They’d never have anything for me.” So I thought.
The colors available come in The Noirs, The Nudes and The Pops. So there’s a polish out there for everyone. In my chosen line of work it’s better to have clean “almost nude” nails but that gets boring. Alta Perla is a understated brownish-gray with a blue undertone. Far from super edgy-chic black but a bit tougher than a “clean” nude polish.
Pricy? Yes. But the quantity in the bottle and the fact I only needed to apply two coats won me over. My time is my money and the less I have to stop in nail salons for manicures that chip in 3 day’s isn’t worth it to me. Two coats, at home, dry in 20. I’m going back for more.
Available on Sephora $50
Beauty privilege is very real. None of us are imagining it, and if we aren’t born genetic lottery winners, our only option is to compensate with style, grace, and charm. Of course, none of that shit comes cheap. That’s kind of the whole point. It’s all meant to be aspirational and exclusionary. We’re supposed to feel depressed by our skin, agitated by our bodies, and anxious about our invisibility. That’s the insidious subtlety of social control. The worst part is that we know in our rational minds that it’s all bullshit, and yet we’re still plagued with self-loathing when we can’t live up to unattainable beauty standards. No matter how much self-acceptance we achieve, we can still look in the mirror and instantly catalog all the things about ourselves that we don’t think measure up. It’s maddening. It makes us feel like hypocrites even though it’s not our hypocrisy.