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A recent comment here on the blog about the Zoya polish called Evangeline reminded me that I’ve had it for a long time but have not swatched it.  Gonna fix that right now!

Evangeline is an older color from the 2006 fall collection Magique.  Some from the set are still left to purchase at Zoya’s web siteAnastasia?  Gone.  Colette and Pru?  Vanished.  But Charity and Ivy are still there in addition to Evangeline.

Zoya calls this polish “A deep rose-pink shimmer with slight gold duochrome and flecks of gold microglitter.”  It’s the pinkest of the Magique collection.

The formula was good but slightly sheer and I needed three coats.  With no top coat, under indirect outdoor light and then with the flash:


Evangeline flash

Sorry my fingers and nails look beat up; I’ve been doing some closet cleaning as part of my New Year’s chores.

Anyway, Evangeline is a lovely color if you like raspberry pink and a shimmer.   Zoya’s Teigen from last fall’s Ignite Collection is similar but is a tad darker, has a thicker formula, and has more gold sparkle.  They are not dupes.

Ignite Teigen

Part of the reason I bought Evangeline is that I love the name so much, because I love the famous epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow so much.  It begins with the famous

This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks,
Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight,
Stand like Druids of old, with voices sad and prophetic,
Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on their bosoms.
Loud from its rocky caverns, the deep-voiced neighboring ocean
Speaks, and in accents disconsolate answers the wail of the forest.

Written in English and published in 1847, Evangeline tells the fictional story of the betrothal of a young Acadian woman, Evangeline Bellefontaine, to her beloved, Gabriel Lajeunesse.  Their seemingly idyllic future is abruptly changed when the two are separated as the British deport the Acadians from Acadie in the mid-1700s.  The poem then follows Evangeline for many years across the young country of America as she searches for Gabriel, her true love.  Several times they are close to each other without realizing it.  I won’t spoil the ending.

Next time you find yourself musing, “Gee, I wish I had an epic poem to read right about now,” I highly recommend Evangeline.  It may even change your mind about poetry in general.

Evangeline is one of literature’s most popular characters.  Movies and songs have been made of the tale, statues have been erected to her, and her name has been used for many places such as parishes, streets, etc.



4 responses »

  1. This is pretty on you!

  2. Yes, it’s great, beautiful. But what about “Manfred” by Byron?

    Now to mundane matters, Madam Silver, this is a bit off topic: Rocksbox? What the heck? You pay $19/month and get to DECIDE if you want to buy? You are paying just to have them mail you a box that does not belong to you but you can wear around for a while? Technically is that a sub? Maybe I’m not understanding it. How do we come out ahead? Does it appeal to you at all? Lovely stuff.

    • Rocksbox appears to be a rental service, but I have zero interest in jewelry. Reminds of the company Lacquerous, which had a similar rental program for nail polish (yuck). Lacquerous appears to have gone out of business which surprises me not at all.


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