At a night that’s all about the marriage of fashion and technology, it shouldn’t surprise you that some Met Gala attendees were wearing the latest in wearable tech right down to their fingertips. And we mean that literally: Elle Fanning, Kate Bosworth and Katie Holmes all debuted Essie’s brand-new polish at fashion’s biggest night.
Essie put a new “twist” on their classic polish, in two senses of the word: First, the brand updated their formula to create a gel-like finish that lasts for up to 14 days, but requires no UV lights, extreme downtime or special removal processes. And second, they’ve actually given their bottle a twist, creating a cheeky “couture” shape inspired by the “covetable, twirling dresses on a runway,” according to a statement.
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Celebrity manicurist Elle created nail looks for Elle Fanning and Katie Holmes that perfectly coordinated with their dresses — Fanning wore “Fairy Tailor” (also seen on Bosworth, done by Katherine St. Paul Hill) while Holmes sported “First View.”
We got a chance to test the polish even before the celeb manicurists, taking “Dress Call” for a spin (so to speak) at Ten Over Ten. And within seconds, the manicurists were going crazy for it. They loved how easy the twisted bottle was to hold, how the wide, flat brush made for an even application and the whole color array. After applying two coats of the color and the base coat, my nails were dry to the touch within about five minutes, so I promptly walked out the door with confidence and immediately destroyed one nail.
But you wouldn’t know which one, right? That’s my manicure, above, after three solid days of putting it through hell. I got to discover how easy the polish is to remove due to my screw-up (no sitting for 10 minutes with soaked cotton balls on your tips!), how easy it is to reapply on that one nail (left hand, middle finger, for your reference) and how generally indestructible it is. I washed dishes, hand-washed clothes, bleached my sink, went to a farm (seriously) and did pretty much everything else I could think of to test the formula and the polish didn’t budge.
You can pick up one of the 42 new shades (which retail for $11.50) in June, but while you wait, tell us: Are you excited to test it out?
— Alex Apatoff