The third polish in last summer Illusions d’Ombre line-up, Quartz was the “quiet” one of the bunch, lacking the immediate “ooh-ahh” factor of Peridot and Graphite. A soft metallic taupe-y/toffee colour with hidden shimmer, it’s actually quite the stealth stunner. Of the three, it’s the most wearable because it’s a lovely neutral. It probably works best on darker complexions than mine, but that hasn’t stopped me from loving it.
My only quibble with Quartz is that it is a little bit on the sheer side, so to achieve full opacity without too many clean-up issues, three thin coats are best. That’s usually one coat too many for this impatient gal, but I’m always happy to make an exception for Quartz. I have also had good results layering one coat of Quartz over Particuliere, which is the perfect base for it, as it is itself opaque in one coat.

For my inspired-by outfit, I wanted something soft and girly … and non-wintery. I think midi skirts are still lingering in the latest runway collections, which is good news for the Talbots skirt I picked up last year. Because of the length, it can be a bit tricky to wear; it needs a top that, at a minimum, gives a well-defined waist – the sleeker the better, to offset the volume of the skirt (which is not only long, but also fairly voluminous, and made of a wool blend). This Banana Republic top is not super sleek, but it does draw it at the waist, and is made of a very lightweight silk – a perfect counterbalance for the skirt. High heels are also a must; luckily, my Sam Edelman platforms are just the ticket.
For the finishing touch, a little love …
Happy Friday!

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