As New York Fashion Week begins, I can’t help but lament not being there. Mainly because of all the genius beauty gurus and writer friends I get to see when covering backstage. Jin Soon Choi is one of those people because she is an arbiter of nail fashion and one of the warmest, friendliest people you will ever meet.
So, while I sit here in Cleveland, watching the action from afar, I take some joy in wearing Jin’s latest collection, a fashion collaboration, JINsoon Tess Giberson for Fall 2014. Jin has a knack for delivering finishes that are unique and interesting yet understated and this collection is no exception.
Formula & Application
JINsoon nail polish is 5-Free and includes UV filters to prevent yellowing and fading of color. The bottles are tall, thin rectangles with shiny, black removable caps. Think of them as a thinner, more angular Chanel bottle shape.
I feel like the brush has evolved as the bristles are more flexible than I remember. It’s a flat and wide brush, a bit shorter than OPI’s Pro Wide. And while I used to have more of a challenge creating a smooth curve at the cuticle it was easier with this collection.
With the exception of the coral, which is a bit sheer, each shade applied smoothly with perfect pigmentation, only needing two coats.
Note: I started swatching this collection using a tacky base coat and the polishes applied streaky. When I switched to a smooth base coat, perfection!
JINsoon x Tess Giberson
JINsoon Farrago is a warm plummy purple packed with golden metallic flecks. This is a show-stopping sparkler, full of glitz and glamour.
JINsoon Heirloom is a emerald/teal/turquoise shimmery amalgam. The bottle, as you can see below, shows a bit of a shade shifting flash that is visible on the nail, at the correct angle, but very hard to capture on camera.
JINsoon Mélange has a silver chrome base and dark grey metallic glitter. The glitter is well dispersed and doesn’t require placement though it causes the finish to appear lumpy, even with top coat.
Note: I had a lab sample when I swatched this collection but have tested a final production bottle since, which looks more metallic and sparkly but still bumpy.
JINsoon Nocturne is an almost-black, charcoal grey shimmer. I think of it as a cross between Chanel Black Satin and Chanel Steel.
JINsoon Pastiche is a peachy coral with an ethereal pink shimmer that cools off the warm base color.
JINsoon Tess Giberson Nail Art
To showcase the collection, Jin created a number of nail art looks and, while they are all very chic and graphic, it’s the subtle simplicity of the Negative Space Nail Art using Nocturne that caught my eye.
In addition to how edgy and cool this design feels, I love how easy it is to create. Just drag a dotting tool through wet polish to create any pattern you like. I added a layer of matte top coat to mimic the design above.
In hindsight, I would have used a larger dotting tool, dipped in remover, to create a more distinct and clean line.
Bottom Line: I know you expect me to rave about Heirloom and, believe me, it’s stunning but Farrago is my pick for “must-have” of the collection. And that’s coming from a self-proclaimed green queen. Like OPI Can’t Afjord, I’m digging the unexpected, bright pops for fall, like Pastiche, though I can’t get behind Mélange. I’m just not loving the bumpy finish.
So, what do we think of these new JINsoon colors? Which one do you consider the stand-out? Will you attempt any of Jin’s nail art designs?