lunchtime beauty

This Nail Polish Makes Your Hands Smell Like Flowers

The Jin Soon Summer Collection.
The Jin Soon Summer Collection.

In traditional Korean culture, mothers and daughters dye their nails with the petals of the bong-soon-hwa flower — an old-school generational ritual that simulated the look of nail polish on bare nails. When creating her new summer shades, the legendary Jin Soon Choi — Steven Meisel’s and Marc Jacob’s manicurist of choice — was inspired by this memory. 

Her newest polish, Crush, is a glossy orange-red that mimics the color of bong-soon-hwa. The tinted finish is a marvel of contradictions: glossy and somewhat opaque, yet sheer, so that it looks almost like plexiglass on the nails. It’s also strong — five days later, and I have yet to see a chip.

Jin Soon polish in Crush. Photo: Courtesy of JinSoon
The process of bong-soonhwa. Photo: Courtesy of JinSoon
This Polish Makes Your Nails Smell Like Flowers