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Alter Ego Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra ~ August Polish Pickup

Woot!! We scheduled our vacation yesterday! Our last vacation was in 2009 and I spent 5 of the 6 days in the hospital, so naturally we don’t really count it as an actual vacation. This time it will be better.. and if it’s it not at least we got vacation insurance! Anyway I will tell you all more in the days to come, but for now it’s time for a Polish Pickup Beauty! This month the theme of Polish Pickup is Old Hollywood. Cynthia at Alter Ego chose Elizabeth Taylor playing Cleopatra for her inspiration. Let’s take a look…
Alter Ego Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra

It is often said that Cleopatra was the role Elizabeth Taylor was born to play. For 1963 the costumes were seismic. The costume designer forewent historical accuracy in lieu of his star’s “bombastic aura”. Her wardrobe was built around waspish waists, dramatic makeup, elaborate hairdos and bold colors. In the end, over 26,000 costumes were created. Taylor herself had 65 costume changes, coming in at $194,800. Most impressive of all though was the 24-carat gold cloth cape, designed to look like wings of a phoenix ( which incidentally sold at auction in 2012 for $59,375). In addition to her personal successes, the film was enormously influential on fashion trends.

Alter Ego Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra
Alter Ego Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra

Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra is best described as a bright, sparkly gold, silver and black microglitter with added holographic sparkle. It applied beautifully in 3 brushed on coats. No dragging or bald spots, just beautiful even coverage. I used 2 coats of top coat, but one is all you really need to smooth it out.

Alter Ego Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra Alter Ego Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra

There is so much detail and depth in this gorgeous polish. The holographic sparkle gives so many flashes of color! It truly looks like it was meant to be worn with the iconic outfit it was inspired by.

Alter Ego Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra

Remember this will only be available through The Polish Pickup,  Friday, August 4th at 11am EST through Monday, August 7th at 11:59pm EST. It will retail for $7.00, and US shipping is a flat rate of $3 no matter how many polishes you buy (and there are soooo many polishes this month!) For more information on The Polish Pickup check out their website or their Facebook Group here.

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Until next time, stay polished!

  • This is a beautiful representation of the inspiration pic! Beautiful swatches!

  • Ehmkay Nails

    Eeeee this one is pretty! I love the color combo.

  • Naked Without Polish

    YAS! Such a great gold!

  • Cynthia Decker

    Thank you so very much for your wonderful review! Love your manis and photos!

  • This really channels the inspiration beautifully!

  • I looove Elizabeth Taylor. She was the most beautiful woman of her time and so talented. This polish is so perfect for the costume.

  • Tracey

    Very regal and the addition of the black microglitter makes this stunning x

  • Such a glamorous polish!

  • Jenalyn Pirosch

    It almost reminds me of sand, and I love love love it!

  • Elizabeth Taylor is so glam. This shade is perfect for her!