Oh, I loved the 1970s. A time of peace, love, and REALLY REALLY questionable fashion sense. You may have read some of my old posts with pictures from 1972 issues of Seventeen.
Do you remember the mood ring? It fit the true definition of a fad — came out of seemingly nowhere, was wildly popular for a short time in 1975 and 1976, then disappeared. In case you missed it, the mood ring was tongue-in-cheek supposed to sense your moods and change color to fit them. Blue – happy, red – angry, green – normal/average, black – get the hell out of my way, and so on.
These rings, of course, did not read your mind but merely had a thin layer of temperature-sensing liquid crystal display in them, and they even wore out after a while, settling into a greenish-brown shade of blah that wouldn’t change any more. Being in high school at the time, naturally I just had to have one. It was a real cheapie. Many years later when I was married with small children, I bought a kids’ forehead thermometer strip that worked on the same principle, except it was marked in degrees. I used to think, “Mood ring for your forehead!” every time we used it.
Which leads me to color changing “mood” polish for your nails. LeChat has come out with a bunch of them, seen on the company’s web site here. This is the picture:
Like the rings of yore, they respond to changes in temperature. Here’s a video showing one of the shades (by the way, I pronounce the brand’s name in the French way, “le shah,” which means “the cat”).
They’re gel polishes and rather pricey; Transdesign has them for $15.95 each.
The price is only one reason I’m not interested in trying them. Another is that I would think you need to have all your nails the exact same length (including your nail beds, something you can’t really control) in order for the polish to look nice and not patchy. I’ve tried polish from Ruby Wing that changes color in the sun and it’s cute but not really my thing. Great for kids, though. And I suspect that were I still in high school, I’d be all over it like snags on a pink polyester jumpsuit.