Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Revlon Cherries in the Snow (Challenge Day 4: A Polish that is "So You")

While I really do love this polish to death, what makes this "so me" is the history of it.  I'm very into history (I actually went for my PhD in American History before I transferred out to study International Policy) and this deep pink has quite a history.

In 1953, Revlon hired one of the world's first supermodels to pose in what became the classic Revlon ad.  In her pictorial, Dorian Leigh embodied opulence and luxury, enticing the average housewife that with Cherries in the Snow (the nail polish and the lipstick), she too could taste a piece of that pie.

I read once (can't remember where) that Mad Men actually uses this color to do the nails and lips on its actresses to get the real 1960s color palette.  Since I love history, red/dark pink nails, and Mad Men, this color is truly very me.  

What do you ladies think?  Does knowing the history of a particular cosmetic make it more special?


  1. I loooove history too! I love the story behind this polish, it's a gorgeous color and the story gives it a life of its own. Amazing!

  2. In my opinion, without history to anchor things down, everything is just so much flotsam, floating around. The fact that this shade is Revlon's all-time best seller, is a testament to its enduring appeal. As Pantone named "honeysuckle", that pink-red hue which Cherries in the Snow shares, the "it" shade of 2011, I find your post so fitting! Plus, your nails look amazing and this colour so perfectly sets off your skin tone!

  3. I'm so pleased that the history resonated with you both! I also did some minor research (read: Wikipedia'ed) on Dorian Leigh and her model/actress sister, Suzy Parker. Fascinating and crazy lives.

  4. I just saw this at the bottom of your homepage! YES the history will add something for me, and also I remember always wearing this as a teenager thinking it was so Parisian and sexy :)