I'm going to show you my Tony Moly polishes. I had seen these even before my vacation and was interested in picking up a few; although, I was unsure which ones. I stumbled upon my first Tony Moly store when we went to COEX the first time (actually, I think it was technically not in the COEX mall, but a side mall). Anyways, I went in to look at the polishes, but I actually wasn't sure which polishes were which. I looked for the planet names, but there were only number codes on the labels. Duhhh... the names were in Korean.
As I was browsing the rest of the store to see if I wanted to get anything else, a SA came up to me and started talking in Korean. After my "Uhhh" face, she started talking in Mandarin, and said "Is Chinese okay?" Now, I was born in Canada, but my parents spoke some Chinese at home and forced me to Saturday school (I'm sure some of you can relate, lol) so I can understand Chinese, but it is still my second language. I tentatively said "Uhh, yeah, it's okay..." and she asked me what I was looking for.
I said I was just looking around, and she followed me around the store explaining the benefits of some creme on the wall. From her description, I went "Oh.. BB cream?" Then, she picked up a rather expensive moisturizer and pumped it on my hand, starting to explain: "This is our new snail creme. It helps regenerate your skin... (continues in Chinese that I cannot even follow)". I go, "Ahh.." and rub it into my skin. I keep looking around and then she says something I don't catch in Chinese. She reiterates, "That redness in your face, is it your skin or did you smear something on it?"
D: BITCH, STEP BACK.
I only brought one blush to Asia with me, one of those NYC blush sticks. I said, "I 'smeared' it on." then I went back around to the nail polish, picked up the two I was interested and said "I think I'm just going to buy these."
I kind of feel like if I had said "Do you speak English?" instead of saying "Ok" to Chinese, she wouldn't have been so snotty to me.
That night, I looked up swatches of the Tony Moly polishes and realized there was one I still wanted to get. So, the next day, in a different area, I saw another Tony Moly store and I went in, hoping my first experience was just a one-off. The store was pretty busy so no one bothered me (other than to give me a basket) while I looked around. Nothing really interested me, so I just got the one polish and went out to meet DBF (who had started waiting outside every time I went into a cosmetics shop). He said, "You will not believe what just happened. A girl with really bad skin walked by and the Tony Moly girl at the door said something to her, then she looked really angry and stormed off!!"
I hope you enjoy these polishes that came at the expense of me being insulted (LOL, and 5000 Won a piece, just under $5 USD each):
Tony Moly GT03 (Mars) - This is actually not my favourite, but it looked so cool in the bottle. 2 coats, with topcoat.
Tony Moly GT04 (Neptune) - I think this is my favourite. It is so complex! I wore it while in Korea but didn't have any topcoat with me... this turned out to be a mistake, because these polishes dry extremely gritty and dull without topcoat! 2 coats, with topcoat.
Tony Moly GT05 (Jupiter) - I like this one a lot too, but not as much as the green one. 2 coats, with topcoat.
The other two (Earth and Mercury, I think) didn't appeal to me, so I didn't buy them. I think I watched too much Sailor Moon when I was a kid, because I think GT04/Neptune should be Jupiter, and GT05/Jupiter should be Saturn! LOL. Ah colour associations.
So what do you guys think, worth the verbal abuse? LOL. If you are in the US, I believe you can find these on Ebay for about $10 (and without a snobby attitude).