Well, after doing a MAC Peppermint Patty (or is it Patti?) franken this morning, some readers said the color was good, but PP actually leaned slightly more yellow.
Today, my guy and I went out to the photo studio to dress up in traditional Japanese costumes as samurai and geisha- the cherry blossoms are out, the weather has been beautifully clear, and we needed a little pick-me-up.
We dressed up and did the photos- I don’t know how those poor geisha walked around, danced, played instruments and entertained heads of state. I could barely breathe. Wearing a kimono is not for the claustrophobic!
Oh, and they wear super-slippery lacquered 4″ flip-flops made of wood that are outrageously hard to walk in. And you have to look demure while not tripping. Amazing.
A fun experience, but I was pretty glad to get out of that get-up!
So, after we left the photo studio, I had greasy hair, not a lick of makeup except the traces of white that I didn’t manage to get off, and basically looked a mess.
But while walking from the photo studio to the train station….I just happened to pass MAC! The staff in Japan at other MAC counters have been quite rude to me in the past, but I had never been to their main flagship store in a snooty area of Tokyo (Omotesando). I felt apprehensive.
But, for the sake of providing my beloved readers with a totally accurate franken, I decided to brave going into the MAC Pro shop with waxed-up, unkempt hair and not a lick of makeup.
My sweet guy volunteered to get two coats of the genuine PP on his nails. I painted them while the black-clad staff glowered, and then we beat feet out of there.
I came back home and we got an exact match: 10 drops New York Summer Amaranth, 5 drops creme white, and two to three drops medium creme yellow (like OPI Need Sunglasses?) Mix together and and add one or two drops of creme white to lighten it up if needed. I added two small drops of white, mixed in, and got a dead-on match to the real PP on my guy’s hand.
Above: The true color is washed out by the flash, but you can see it’s in the same color range and tone as the original.
This color is the most accurate to real life, despite the weird lighting and my red hand. The couple drops of creme yellow made the former franken a dead-on match.
Unfortunately, it’s nighttime here and I’m changing my manicure. I’ll try to whip up another batch of PP franken-polish so I can take a daytime pic to show you the accuracy.
New York Summer in Amaranth, Japanese dollar store white creme.
Usually I’m not quite this color obsessed, but when the opportunity presented itself to see the real color, I barged right in. And I got to irritate some snooty MAC staff at the same time!