Sunday, February 26, 2017

Essie Spring 2017 Comparisons

Are you all ready for some comps for the new Essie Spring 2017 Collection?! 

 If you haven't seen my live swatch and review of this entire collection then click on the link below. In my review video I talk about the formulation of each polish and the application. I also share which polishes are my favorite from the collection. So, check it out!

Okay, let's talk about each polish..

Excuse Me, Sur is a gorgeous light peachy pink. 

***UPDATE: I wasn't super happy with the formula on this one (as you will see in my video). As I have used it more, I have found that I just needed to be patient and let the polish dry longer between coats because the formula is on the thicker side. So I am happier with it now. :)

 I thought it was nice to see how they compared to peachy polishes that were released last year- Peach Side Babe and Lounge Lover, even though they aren't super close. It is more of pinky peach when compared to these peaches. I love them all! 

Excuse Me, Sur is so so close to Couture Curator (a polish I love for the color and longevity) but they aren't exact dupes (as you can see on my nail swatch below).

Here is the close up. EMS is slightly darker and not as bright as CC but, you can only see the differences in bright light. I still prefer CC because I fell in love with it last summer and it lasted on my nails during my vacation for 9 days. Amazing! 

Backseat Besties is a light and bright cool toned pink. It's a stunner! 

 Cascade Cool is in the same family, but is darker than Backseat Besties. Look At My Bow (from the OPI Hello Kitty Collection) is the closest match but is a shade lighter and the formula is more crelly.

Here is a close up shot. In bright light you can see that the polishes get lighter as you go down the line. In natural light they are all very close. I like Backseat Besties the best out of the bunch when considering shade and formulation. Can't wait to wear this one this spring/summer!

On The Roadie is a beautiful cool toned green. Something about this polish is so flattering and I always appreciate a good green. I can truly say this is my favorite bright green polish to date.

You can see just how cool toned it is when compared to Mojitio Madness, a polish I like but not ever really loved. First Timer has a more chalky white formula and is much brighter and lighter than OTR.

Here's a close up. All three are very different.

B'aha Moment is a bright pink raspberry shade.

Speaking of raspberries, I knew when I saw B'aha Moment that it would be close to Essie's Raspberry. But, while they look identical in the bottle, they are slightly different when applied to the nails.

B'aha Moment is a brighter shade with a more opaque formula while Raspberry is a crelly with a red tone. So, not a dupe for sure. I don't have Watermelon, but I feel like that would be an Essie polish that might be a dupe. If anyone has both, I would love to know if they are.

All The Wave is a stunning royal blue polish and is now my favorite royal blue polish to date! The formula is wonderful and the shade is perfect. It has just the right amount of purple and it's just the right shade-not too light, not too dark.

I had several requests for comparisons for this blue, so I have quite the line-up here. Then we will take a closer look at those which are the closest. I put in OPI's Super Trop-i-cali-fiji-sitic (from the OPI Fiji 2017 Collection) because I wanted you to see how different they were. Super is more warm toned and not as rich in color.

Butler Please is much brighter and more purple toned. Pacific Blue is even more purple toned and brighter as well, and my Pal Joey isn't a dupe either. Not a dupe in the group!

I am sure there is a dupe for All The Waves somewhere, but I won't go searching for one, because this one just makes me happy and I wouldn't want to cheat on it like that. :) Just get it guys!

Designated DJ is a beautiful rich berry plum shade. I always fall hard for shades like this!

It is very close to Bahama Mama and it's pretty much a dead on dupe for Kerry Blossom from the OPI's Washington DC Fall 2016 Collection. I wanted to throw in Flowerista because initially I thought it might be close but, it's not. 

And can we just take a minute and appreciate Flowerista.......It's just an amazing polish. Love it!

Here is the close up. You can see how Bahama Mama is slightly more red toned than DD. And, you can see how close it is to Kerry Blossom. 

I would definitely choose Kerry Blossom over Designated DJ because the formula is To. Die. For!!  if you can't get your hands on KB then make sure to pick up DD because it's stunning and the formula is pretty good too.

Well, that's it guys! I hope you found this helpful. Please let me know in the comments if it was. I sure appreciate you visiting my blog!

-Go Polished

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

OPI Fiji Collection Comparisons

It's time for comparisons! If you haven't seen my live swatch and review video of this entire collection, click on the link to see it! I talk more about the formula and application of each polish and show my favorites from the collection.

I got my polishes from Definitely check out their site. You can get these new polishes for $5.50 a bottle, which is an amazing deal as they retail around $10 in stores.

I also just picked up the two shades that are exclusive to Ulta, so I will be doing a short little video featuring those with comparisons as well. So Stay tuned for that!

Let's get into the comparisons, there are many to get through!

Coconuts for OPI- a taupe nude with an amazing formula.

I don't have a lot of nudes in my collection, but I wanted you to see how it compared to My Vampire is Buff. As you can see it's darker and more brown toned. This gives you an idea of the color tone and darkness.

I Can Never Hut Up- this very unique gray with a green shimmer is one of my favorites. I have nothing like this in my collection, so no comparisons for this one :). Yay! I love it when that happens!

 Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon- is a light cool toned pink and I LOVE it! Obviously one of my favorites.

In the bottle it looks also exact as Mod About You (a cult favorite) but, they are slightly different. which you will see in the next picture. And even though GNOMH is more cool toned, it's not as cool toned as I'm Gown for Anything.

Here is a close up of MAY and GNOMH so you can see the slight differences. The formulas are quite different as well. Where MAY is more chalky (which makes it brighter), GNOMH is more of a crelly formula and it's a softer color.

Polly Want a Lacquer? is a soft cool toned purple/lavender. Another one of my favorites!

You're Such a Budapest is darker and more of a purpley blue with a silver shimmer while PWAL is a purple toned lavender. I Am What I Amethyst is more blue toned. It was the closest to Essie's Groom Service, but on the nail they are quite different.

Here is a close up of the two. PWAL definitely makes me push Groom Service aside. I just have fallen in love with this new purple polish. Love!

Suzi Without A Paddle is a cool toned tranquil blue and it's beautiful!

Gelato on My Mind is Darker but the same color tone for sure. They are pretty close. I actually like SWAP better and that's just a personal preference. It is really really close to Mint Candy Apple (a cult favorite from Essie), but MCA has that more opaque formula which makes it a bit brighter. SWAP has a more thin crelly formula. I love them both equally!

Here is a close up of them all together.

Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet is a bright yellow creme.

EBDNT is the same color tone as JCC but it is slightly deeper and quite a bit brighter. NADM is a duller yellow and more fall appropriate in my opinion. I really am excited to wear EBDNT this summer!

No Tan Lines is a bright orange creme polish.

This orange really surprised me, I really didn't think I would like it but I actually really do! It's surprisingly flattering and I think I will look great with a summer tan. Ugh, I can't wait for warmer weather! I have nothing like this orange in my collection as you can see these WDSM and CRAC are more peach toned oranges.

Is That A Spear In Your Pocket?- is a mid-toned tropical teal which also has me longing for summer days.

I have several teals in my collection, but they are all slightly different, so I think I need to keep all of them :). CIA is deeper and more fall appropriate and AA is more green toned. I think ITASIYP has the perfect green/blue balance. I love it!

Living On The Bula-vard!- is a type of polish I love! It is a summery bright red, orange coral polish that looks different in different light.

I know there are several polishes like this one out there. AGMIHTF is the exact color, but the formulas are very different. LOTB has a much better creamy formula and it's opaque in two coats. It's a stunner for sure!

Super Trop-i-cali-fiji-istic is a straight up royal blue. I think you can find this polish color anywhere as well, but I am always a sucker for these type of blue polishes.

 The differences in these polishes are only slight differences, so keep that in mind. MPJ is slightly more purple toned and is a bit brighter and RGPB is a softer and more toned down blue when compared to Super.

Here are these two close up!

Two-Timing the Zones is a beautiful cool toned vibrant pink and probably my most favorite from the collection.

 I was surprised to find this color to be quite unique from other OPI's in my collection. The regular person would probably say that these look the same as these two here, but I say that they do NOT. Haha. I don't have Essie Lovie Dovie, but I compared them at the store and they are the same color tone. One of them is a little darker than the other. Sorry, I can't remember which one.

Do You Sea What I Sea? is a blue with an iridescent purple and a blue/turquoise shimmer running through it. I have nothing like this in my collection so I have no comparisons.

Which polishes are you planning on picking up? I would love to know which ones are your favorites. Thanks for visiting my blog!

-Go Polished

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Essie Ballet Nudes Collection Comparisons

Today I am sharing some comparisons for the new Essie Ballet Nudes Collection. If you want to see how these polishes apply, I have a review and live swatch video of this entire collection on my YouTube Channel if you want to check it out!

If you aren't familiar with the Essie Gel Couture Polishes, you can watch my other review of the new line. I talk about wear, application and mention some of my favorite colors. I love these polishes so much!

Okay, let's get into the comparisons...

Satin Slipper- a champagne ivory polish with a subtle silver shimmer. (My swatch turned out slightly more yellow, but the polish leans slightly more pink.)

This bottle shot is a little more accurate. Here it is compared to Mademoiselle which is more pink but pretty close. The closest I have in my collection. They aren't dupes by any means, but it gives you an idea of the color tone.

Lace Me Up- Is a very light soft pink. It's beautiful polish!

Have we seen this before? It's right in between Ballet Slippers and Romper Room. If you have either of those you might not need this. If you love either of those colors, you might want to pick up the gel Couture version to see if you can get longer wear out of it.

At The Barre- Is a brown toned nude, which is very close to my skin tone.

It is a bit richer than High Class Affair and more brown toned. High Class Affair is leans more pink. I prefer At The Barre on my skin tone :). Definitely not a dupe, but pretty close.

Perfect Posture- This polish is a periwinkle powder blue and I love it! It's my favorite from the collection! (I am a sucker for periwinkle polishes.)

I pulled out Virgin Snow and they are pretty much exactly the same polish. If you never picked that one up from the Essie Winter 2015 Collection and regret it, then make sure to get Perfect Posture. I am happy to have both though. Haha.  I kinda want to compare the longevity of these together. What do you guys think?! (Oops, I forgot to do a hand shot for these two, sorry)

Hold The Position- Is a soft and subtle peachy pink. It is snowing up a bit bright in this photo.

It is pretty close to Couture Curator (my favorite Essie Gel Couture polish), but they do have some slight differences which I can appreciate. Couture Curator is more of a bright summer polish (in my opinion), and leans a little more pink. CC is still my fave, but they are both very flattering. :)

Here is a closer look at the two on the nails...

Closing Night- Is a blue toned gray polish with a subtle blue shimmer. It's gorgeous, and another one of my favorites from the collection. I don't have anything that compares to this one, which is the reason it's a favorite. 

That's it for the comparisons! What do you think about this collection? Have you tried any polishes from this line yet? Which ones are your favorites? I would love to try out some more from their main line, so let me know! Thanks for visiting my blog!

-Go Polished