I am disappointed by the selection of beauty products that the show’s prop masters have put on Lady D’s dressing table. In general, this vanity looks sad (which makes sense) and old (which really doesn’t). None of the products and perfumes she used has been featured here, not even Penhaligon’s Bluebell, one of her signature scents .
The white box with a funky red pattern is an Avon nail polish. This was a weird decision: what is a product from the 1970s doing here? Did the prop masters know this was Lady Diana’s vanity? Or they believed it belonged to one of her old relatives?
On the far right there’s a nice aqua box by Estee Lauder. Although probably not totally accurate, at least it seems plausible.
 This particular detail hurts the most. Why were other Penhaligon’s perfumes featured in Seasons 1and 2 and not here, where one authentic touch was so much needed?
The blue nail polish Maxine (Mia Goth) is holding is by Avon. I don’t think the American brand produced this colour in 1970, so I guess the prop masters have filled a vintage bottle with modern metallic blue polish.
The fluted bottle behind the manicurist’s hand is a nail polish by Avon.
The Revlon shades are mostly pinks and reds and have exotic names, like Persian Melon, Beach Peach and Frosted Sphinx Pink. The two bottles in the front contain a platinum nail polish and the top coat Seal Fast. These are bottles used by professionals, because their tall bottles differ from the long-handle ones which were on the market at the time.
Last but not least, there’s a bottle of Jewel Glaze (another top coat) on the right. Unfortunately, I couldn’t read the label to identify the brand.
Susanna (Winona Ryder) paints Lisa’s nails when the girl is strapped to a bed. The nail polish is pearly pink; according to its label, the shade is Sunspin by Avon. I couldn’t find any information about this shade, but here are some details about the bottle.
The film is set in the 1960s, but it seems the property master John Paul Jones combined a 1960s bottle with a 1970s screw cap. In the first picture above you can see two nail polishes from the 1960s: the shape of the glass bottles and the labels are reminiscent of the one appearing in the film. The second picture portrays Hello Sunshine, a “fun-shine nail tint” for girls which was launched in the 1970s; the screw cap is exactly the one seen in the film.
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