Part of the India Gold Summer 2013 Collection from Lise Watier includes a limited edition nail lacquer called Gulabi. Gulabi happens to be one of the oldest residential areas in Northern Delhi, India. Gulabi is also home to the famous Bandar Park, a monkey park that you have probably seen on a National Geographic or some such documentary channel.
But what you may not know is that there is a group on India called The Gulabi Gang. Gulabi is Hindi for "Pink". This "gang" is a group of women active across Northern India formed in 2006. The Gulabi Gang fights against domestic abuse and other violence against women. They have gone so far as to visit abusive husbands and beat them with bamboo sticks or laathis to make them stop abusing their wives. They are also active in stopping child marriages, protesting dowries for women and helping to stop female illiteracy. The group has over 20,000 members and even has a chapter in Paris, France.
In 2010, a documentary was made about the Gulabi Gang called "Pink Saris". Described in IMDB as:
"Internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto’s Pink Saris is an unflinching and often amusing look at the all-women vigilante Gulabi Gang in Northern India and their charismatic leader, who acts as judge and jury for girls and women who are being abused by outlawed patriarchal traditions and the caste system."This subtitled documentary is on my next to watch list and is available on HBO, which I happen to have a subscription to. Lucky Me!
Regardless of the meaning or story behind the word "Gulabi", we are talking about nail polish here. So let's put away our lesson books for the day and get down to the task of talking about beauty!
Not only is this a stunning pinky-coral-bright summer color perfect for tips or toes, but the cap of the nail polish LIGHTS UP! The cap has a little built in LCD light that with a simple click, will light up along the brush so you can see clearly what you are doing! How cool is that? I am amused by such simple things. A light up cap, a shiny mirror, a banana, I might as well be a monkey from the Bandar park after all.
The bottle shows a slight shimmer or pearlescent quality to the color but on the nails all I see is a cream finish that is quite glossy. The photos in this post all show three coats of the Lise Watier Gulabi Nail Lacquer with no top coat. I used three coats, but two will suffice for an opaque finish.
The formula is good and fluid, not too sticky and no cuticle drag. It dried fairly quickly, but with three coats it did take a little longer than usual. The wear was decent, no chipping or cracking with a top coat and only minor tip wear after a few days.
Do you NEED this? Well it does look like the quintessential color for summer and even on my pale and pasty white hands this color pops...imagine it on someone with actual pigment in their skin? This is going to look amazing! And don't get me started on this color for a pedicure. No, really. Don't. I hate feet, and talking about feet, and pictures of feet.... Seriously. So YES. You NEED this. It is such a pretty color, even I like looking at my own feet when this is on my toes!