Category: Essie

Romantic Comedy

Don’t let the title fool you–Romantic Comedy is not very funny. Nor is it very romantic. It stars Dudley Moore and Mary Steenbergen as writing partners who spend years fighting their attraction to each other…and just plain fighting. He marries the wrong woman, then she marries the wrong man. These crazy kids just can’t seem to get their timing right.

Dudley Moore strikes just the right world-weary note, while Mary Steenbergen has the bright-eyed new girl in town act down pat, but I just don’t buy these two as a couple. Partly, because Mr. Moore is practically a head shorter than Ms. Steenbergen. When he raves and rants at her I kept wondering why she doesn’t just swat him like a bug. Other than the two leads, the acting is lackluster and the plot meanders and drags. Before I saw Romantic Comedy, I wondered why I’d never heard of it. Now I know why. Take my advice:  let this one pass you by and watch Arthur instead.

Essie Mini How High

Essie’s Mini How High (don’t ask me what that name means, I don’t get it) is a pale pink jelly. The above picture is 3 coats and it’s still a bit sheer. This is a very girly color, but subtle. Definitely work appropriate. ~K

Today I have a comparison of OPI’s I Vant to Be A-Lone Star (index), Butter London’s Lady Muck (middle), Essie’s Sag Harbor (ring) and Diamond Cosmetics Serendipity (pinky). This picture is 2 coats of each polish without topcoat.

I Vant to be A Lone Star Comparison

Lady is by far my favorite with the deepest color and the most shimmer (and best formula), Serendipity is the closest in color, while Sag is slightly greener and I Vant is much paler than all the rest. These all have a lovely formula and go on beautifully.

OPI I Vant to Be A-Lone Star is from the Texas Collection (Spring 2011)

I’m not sure what collection Lady Muck came from or when it came out.

Essie Sag Harbor is from the North Fork Collection (Summer 2009)

Diamond Cosmetics Serendipity is from their Spring 2010 Collection.

Arsenic and Old Lace is one of the first black and white movies I remember ever seeing.  Since then, I have seen many, many black and white movies, but this is still one of my favorites.  I love Cary Grant.  Not as much as my sister, but I still love him.  This is one of his most hilarious roles.

Imagine, if you will, Halloween in Brooklyn, back in the 1940’s.  Mortimer Brewster, despite being very anti-marriage, has just married Elaine Harper.  His two saintly aunts are thrilled that their successful theater critic nephew has fallen for the girl next door.  On the other hand, Mortimer is horrified to find a dead body in the window seat.  His aunts explain that one of their “charities” is to poison old men who are alone in the world, and this one was number 12.

Mortimer decides he will pin the murders on his brother, who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt, and starts the process for committing him.  He makes his aunts promise to not let anyone in while he goes to get a judge’s signature.  While he is gone, his brother Jonathon and his accomplice invade the house with intentions of burying their own murder victim in the basement.

Although the plot sounds pretty serious, and murder generally is, it is an incredibly funny film.  The entire cast is terrific, including the two aunts who originated the roles in the Broadway play the film was based on.

Essie’s Lacy-Not-Racy is a beautiful polish. When K mentioned it, I kind of imagined an off-white polish, but it was actually a really pretty, jelly-like burgundy.  This is my first Essie polish, and I am pretty impressed.  The formula is good, but it did take a long time to dry, which is typical for these shimmer-less polishes.  This picture is three coats. ~E

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