A purple-and-gold-tinged pewter nail polish that offers opaque coverage in two coats
Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Petra Review
Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Petra is, dare I say, thought-provoking. At first glance, in the bottle, it looks like shimmering gold dust with a hint of purple-tinged pewter. But when I held it up to my eye — the way I used to with those crazy Magic Eye books — it’s straight-up Lakers colors, just metallic and glittery. But what really matters is what it looks like on nails, so I took it to the nail salon to find out.
The verdict: Two coats turns nails an opaque, amethyst-gunmetal color that also happens to be the single most flattering purple nail polish I’ve ever worn. Purple polishes with more reddish tones tend to exaggerate the other purply and red things on my hands — veins, scrapes, scratches, cuts — so I usually don’t wear them at all. The gold flecks in Petra, however, are slightly warm and balance the purple tones, so the shade is still flattering against my olive-toned skin. But seeing polish look amazing after a professional manicure and painting it on at home are two very different things.
I tried it on my own a few days later (it showed no signs of chipping on my long nails, but I was impatient to get to phase two of my trial), and learned a couple of things: First, you need to let the first layer really dry before you come in with the second one, since it’s a bit thicker than a polish without glitter, and you want one layer to lie smoothly over the other (again, it takes two to get the full effect). Secondly, you need to pick your thickest, glossiest topcoat (my regular one disappeared into the textured polish), and slick it on only when both coats are completely dry, to get a mesmerizing gemlike effect that will still have you mulling over the color of this polish every time your nails catch the light.