Category Archives: Comparisons

Essie Bobbing For Baubles

I have to admit that Essie isn’t my go-to brand, not because they don’t have pretty colors or interesting collections, but I’ve had some – shall we say – not so good experiences with their polishes. Though after seeing a lot of gorgeous swatches of Essie Bobbing For Baubles, I just had to give in despite my somewhat lukewarm relationship with Ms. Weingarten’s creations.

Bobbing For Baubles is a beautiful, dusty, dark navy blue creme. It was released right before New Year’s with the Cocktail Bling collection for Winter 2011.

This polish was a dream to apply, very pigmented and smooth and opaque in two thin coats. The biggest surprise was the brush, I have never liked Essie’s skinny brush, but now it looks like they have changed to a wider, square brush. Me likey!

I was also surprised by how grey this polish looks compared to the swatches I’ve seen online, and I see that even in my own pics it looks bluer than it seems in real life. I did a small comparison between a grey (China Glaze Concrete Catwalk) and a blue (China Glaze First Mate) just so you can see how it looks.

I bought this polish at a local store (Cubus), I think the price was NOK 129. That equals roughly $21, so it’s quite a lot more expensive than getting it at for instance TransDesign, where Essies are $8 a bottle. Still, I was so happy to see that we can get more “international” brands where I live as well, so I decided to buy it locally in the hopes that we could get more polish into Norwegian stores! (I wouldn’t mind lower prices either, but one thing at a time.)

Color Club High Society

After that awesome glitter bomb it’s time for another palate cleanser, this time with Color Club High Society from the 2010 Rebel Debutante collection.

I got this as an extra in my last swap, along with my Eliantos. I fell in love with this color the second it got on my nails, but I wouldn’t have bought it on my own, so this is why I love swaps so much. Like Revlon Cloud, this seemingly uninteresting polish became an instant favorite of mine!

High Society is a light greyed-out taupe creme, very chic and sophisticated. It looks exactly like chocolate milk, so maybe that’s why I think it’s so yummy?

The formula is simply divine, so smooth and easy to apply. I only needed two coats for full, even, shiny coverage.

This color falls right between two other favorites of mine, Chanel Particulière and Linda Johansen Nail Candy Mannequin.

What do you think of taupes, are you tired of them yet, or do you feel like me that they are still chic and incredibly wearable?

Zoya Caitlin

I’m working through my Zoya haul, and today I have Zoya Caitlin for you. This is a beautiful polish, it’s such a chameleon right in the breaking point between blue/purple and grey. I’ve heard it described as a greyed-out periwinkle, and I think that description is right on point.

I love this dusty, muted creme, it’s very soothing and calming, but it still has an edge to it. No wonder this one has become very popular! Now, I know it looks mostly blue in my pics, but this changes depending on what you see it next to. Put it next to something grey, and it looks blue, and vice versa.

The formula was pretty nice, a similar consistency as the other Zoyas. It’s very pigmented, so two thin coats work very well for full, smooth coverage.

Here’s a little comparison between Caitlin, Kelly and my franken Grace. As you can see, my franken is somewhat of a middle ground between the Zoyas, and I think Caitlin and Kelly compliment eachother perfectly.

I hope you enjoyed seeing Caitlin again, and I wish you all a great weekend!

Zoya Isla

Sparris wanted to see Zoya Isla on me, and I couldn’t have asked for a better suggestion, as Isla was the one I was planning on wearing today in the first place!

I don’t wear red polish very often, but there’s nothing more classic than a true red nailpolish. Isla is a deep, shimmery red, with that glow-from-within look with dark edges and a glowy center. This color is super sexy, a real date night polish! Isla was released in 2009 with the Truth & Dare collection.

The formula was easy to apply, but as with the other Zoyas I’ve tried, it was a teensy bit on the runny side. I had to be careful not to put too much polish on the brush, then it was alright. I used two coats for this mani.

I discovered immediately after opening the package that I already had a dupe for Isla in my stash. The twin is also from 2009, it’s China Glaze Thunderbird from the Retro Diva collection.

Thunderbird might just be a hair darker than Isla, but that’s so neglible that for all intents and purposes they are dupes. The good thing about Zoyas are that they are not limited edtiton, so if you missed out on the Retro Diva collection, you can get your red shimmer fix from Zoya.

So I guess I like deep red shimmers, haha! What’s your favorite red?
Also, check out my recent Zoya haul and let me know if you’d like to see anything else swatched!

Zoya Kelly

After all that bling, I needed something soothing and palate cleansing, so what could be better than Zoya Kelly from the Wicked & Wonderful collection? This dark, blue-grey creme is so chic and beautiful, I love it.

The formula is nice, although slightly on the runny side. It’s very pigmented, so I only needed two thin coats for full coverage. I really like the brush, it’s small, but not too small, and it fans out very easily and isn’t too stiff or too floppy.

Some of you might remember my franken Grace, which I thought would be a close dupe for Kelly. It turns out it’s not, Grace is lighter and more purple than Kelly. I found a closer dupe in China Glaze Concrete Catwalk, Kelly is just slightly more blue-leaning, while CC is straight-up grey.

I don’t have a lot of Zoyas, because I have this weird idea that I can’t “start” a brand unless I plan having a lot of polishes from them. I’ve resisted Zoya for the longest time, but I just can’t keep them out of my stash any more. Zoya has a lot of gorgeous colors, and they’ve shown time after time that they are real nail polish trendsetters (Charla and Faye, anyone?). So this weekend I made my first big Zoya order, I can’t wait for them to arrive!

What do you think of Zoya polishes?


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