Well, the last remaining color from the Tokyo Metro Line is a medium sky blue named after the Tozai Line. Tozai means “east-west” and it goes through an area called Takadanobaba, which is near a major university. It’s got a lot of restaurants and bars that are priced cheap for the college crowd. I’ve eaten Cambodian, Burmese and other really exotic cuisines there. I even saw drunken Burmese karaoke at one of the restaurants- quite a sight! Unfortunately, I once got surprised at a pub there with an entire deep-fried baby sparrow: beak, feet and all. Although I’m usually pretty brave with food, I didn’t eat it. Lesson: Be careful when ordering the “Daily Appetizer” in Japan.
This one was actually very easy to make. I used Orly Blue Collar, which is a pretty close match by itself, but a shade lighter and brighter than the Tozai Line. First, I tried to add white, but that got the color too chalky and pale. So I finally went with 7 drops of Blue Collar to 3 drops of China Glaze Bermuda Breakaway, a medium cornflower blue that is one of my favorites. It darkened it just a little and moved it to a cooler blue.
Excuse the white smudges- I was Konading earlier.
Left: Blue Collar. Right: Bermuda Breakaway.
In a 50/50 combination, these might look a little like a darker version of Essie’s new Lapis Of Luxury, a sort of periwinkle blue. I’m going to try and franken it, thought it always looks different in different swatches. I am a sucker for periwinkle- it’s the color I never pass up. Essie just went up to $8 online from $4, and quite frankly, I don’t think it’s worth that much. I had a hard time forking out $4. Then again, only about three shades per year appeal to me, so it’s not like it’s going to break the bank.
So here ends the Tokyo Metro Collection. Sorry there was a break in the middle due to time and technical difficulties. I hope you enjoyed it! I had a fun time with it- but now I need some GLITTER!