Good things come to those who wait, and this one was worth the wait! It’s been about two years in the making, plus two visits to Kaz and Ben of Pretty Serious Cosmetics in Australia (that’s not an essential part of working on a collaboration shade I’ll grant you, but it was as good an excuse as any to visit friends) but ‘iktsuarpok’ is finally here. I hope you all love it as much as I do!
I suspect the first thing you’re all wondering it what on earth the name is all about. I love the English language, but we lack those wonderful words found in some languages that sum up a whole sentence in one word. Iktsuarpok is an Inuit word that describes the feeling of anticipation of a visitor arriving imminently, thus leading you to keep looking outside to see if they’re there yet. A little like our ‘a watched pot never boils’ but far more relevant to nail polish addicts and our constant anticipation of the postman knocking at the door with a haul parcel. It’s a wonderful little word, a little hard to spell, impossible to pronounce but it sums up a lot about how I feel about Pretty Serious packages turning up at my house.
The colour had to be grey. I don’t have a mood board of inspiration or any deep and meaningful reasoning behind this collaboration polish, but I knew I wanted a grey polish with something added to it that gave it a bit of oomph, without making it look so overwhelmingly blue or silver that it stopped being a grey. Essentially it’s a mid grey creme/jelly (don’t make me use that word) with colour shifting silver glass flecks, but it’s a bit of a changeling depending on the light.
I used three coats, but the third wasn’t essential, and topped with the new Pretty Serious top coat called ‘Plump up the Volume’. Folks, you need this top coat in your lives: EPIC GLOSS. I haven’t done a comparison with my other high gloss top coats but I am confident that it shits all over HK Girl for glossiness. But back to my baby… it’s smooth and lovely and has just the right amount of flecks. In the sunshine it looks darker and the flecks are so fucking brilliantly shiny, but indoors the grey feels lighter in colour and the flecks are more subtle. It’s somehow moody and bright, delicate and dark – buggered if I know how we pulled off that complexity with a relatively simple ingredient list. I am thankful for the faith that Kaz had in allowing me to go with a grey, and for letting me sit in her dining room mixing polishes with her. I know that a lot of people like greys, but I think they are often slow-burners. They’re not one of the flashy, showy colours that makes everyone gasp and immediately add to their basket. Instead they seem to creep into peoples polish collections and slowly work their way into your heart. Hopefully ‘Iktsuarpok’ grows on my fellow lacquerheads, as it continues to grow on me every time I look at it.
I can’t say who the third blogger in this release is yet, but be sure to check out Serenity Nails for her shade, and if ‘Iktsuarpok’ makes it into your collection please tag me on whatever social media