Colson Baker, better known as Machine Gun Kelly, just came out with his own nail polish line. (Make room, Harry Styles.) However, MGK's creation, UN/DN LAQR, looks very different than Pleasing's sheer, pearly polishes with caps made of weighted marble. Instead, the UN/DN colours are pigmented, the bottles evoke an industrial, graphic vibe, which corresponds with the tagline: "Don't huff the paint."
More to the point, Baker views his nails as a medium for disruptive art — like ten small-size canvases to splatter paint. "When I do my nails, that's me wearing my own thoughts and making a statement," he explains. "To me, polish is not just a colour, it's an intention. Every colour has a purpose."
The polish colors — there are a total of ten individual shades in the collection — elicit a kind of specific sensorial response. The slate gray is called 'Writer's Block' and the black is 'Depressionist.' There's a light pink named 'Slippery When Wet' (think, bathroom tiles), and a deep green colour, which Baker likens to the smell of someone who just smoked weed.
The smells-like-weed green, called 'Mary Jane,' is a standout polish in the collection. Brittney Boyce, Baker's professional nail artist, says it's her personal favourite. "Green is having a moment right now, and this polish in particular allows for so much creativity with the nail look, from a full colour nail to a twist on a classic French manicure. However, I truly love all of the shades launched within the UN/DN range — with such a large variety, the possibilities for nail art and self expression are endless."
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