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Golden nail varnish memories

I’m revisiting an old, now discontinued nail varnish that reminds me of a Gustav Klimt painting. Bear with me. It is a classic, dusty antique shade of yellow gold like the colours of The Kiss painting I learned about at school.

The nail varnish was given to me as a gift by a nice gentleman I was smooching at the time. He had heritage from a certain part of Colombia where myths and legends dating back to 1270 BC told of a golden king in El Dorado, aka ‘the city of gold’.

I loved hearing about the tribal chief who would cover himself in gold and dive into a magical lake. We talked about it a lot, so my friend bought me the nail varnish as a nod to this thread of Colombian history and my golden fascination.

The nail varnish, if you can find some, is OPI’s Pineapples Have Peelings Too. Packed with flecks of metallic glitter in all shades of treasure-like jewels – greens, reds and blues – it looks like you’ve dipped nail-varnished fingers into a pot of arts and crafts before they’ve dried. And the best bit? It’s very possibly the only nail varnish that looks just as good chipped and battered as it does freshly applied.

OPI Nail Lacquer, £3.95, Nail Polish Direct

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