mani monday: model behavior

jin soon choi gets friends like tati cotliar to name her new polishes.

by ray siegel

There's a reason why we--along with a long list of celebrities and top magazine clients--love Jin Soon polish the most. Jin Soon Choi has been doing manicures on set with photographer Steven Meisel for several years, which is why she knows to look, as she puts it, to only the most "high fashion colors" when creating her namesake polish collections. "The dilemma was to create beautiful, bright colors for all age groups, and for different skin types," Choi told us. "I see a lot of bright colors that are chalky, uneven, and very streaky. Ours are glossy and not too opaque, so it will give you good coverage that's perfectly light for spring/summer." This season marks the launch of her second collection, which is in stores now and in full bloom--each shade was influenced by her visit to the Monet Garden exhibit at the New York Botanical Gardens. High fashion colors aside, we love Jin Soon's polish for two other reasons: first, you'll notice how much shinier it is than other polish you're used to and second, the polish has high-tech polymers and resins that make it last way longer than your average bottle, along with UV filters to protect against fading and yellowing of color. Our mani recommendation is to go for the Blue Iris on your toes and one of each color on your hands in this order: Poppy Blue on your pinky, Tea Rose, Blue Iris, Coral Peony, ending with French lilac on your thumb nail. Take a glance at each color below, which were named by Choi's supermodel friends (think Tati Cotliar and Meghan Collison) after their favorite flowers.

Shop the new collection here.

Blue Iris (named by Saskia de Brauw), Coral Peony (named by Vanessa Axente), French Lilac (named by Meghan Collison), Tea Rose (named by Fei Fei Sun), and Poppy Blue (named by Tati Cotliar)