In 2009 when Chanel launched its Jade nail polish, it didn’t just put to rest the tyranny of pink and red, it also started a global waiting list bigger than that for the Birkin bag. There simply wasn’t enough to go round. Those of us here in SA had to make do with imitations or with valiantly trying to score elsewhere. As style.com summed it up: “Chanel’s Jade Le Vernis nail lacquer and its $100 eBay asking price became a blogosphere phenomenon.” That chic and simple little bottle also catapulted the French’s house’s global creative director of make-up Peter Philips into the limelight. Although his 2011 colour releases have included names like Mimosa and Graphite, I am still a fan of his Jade follow-up hit, the putty-coloured Particulière. As it’s also pretty much out of reach, we’ve selected some nationally available Essie nail polishes in muted shades and natural tones, for mutual enjoyment. They’ve captured the softer palette trend beautifully. (It’s also a palette that remains popular for wall paints and a fabric classic.) Naomi Larkin Editor – House and Leisure Shoot styled by Schalk van Wyk Clock-wise from left: No 501 Colour: Au Natural No 337 Colour: Waltz No 304 Colour: Jazz No 718 Colour: Playa del Platinum No 423 Colour: Allure Recommended retail price: R90 essie.co.za 011-447-0659/3 Essie is available at all major pharmacies and Clicks stores countrywide.