I hope everyone had a good weekend! I got to go out Saturday night with my husband and WITHOUT the kids, so I had a great one!
I was feeling pretty uninspired when it came to nail art or techniques, so I opted to skip Mani Monday this week and swatch some pretty colors I picked up on Sunday instead.
I’ve often passed by the rack of Jesse’s Girl polishes on my normal trips to Rite Aid- I wasn’t really familiar with them, and they were in a package. I usually associate packages with the dollar store- of course, the dollar store is now carrying Sally Hansen, so I have to rethink that ‘dismissive’ idea anyways 🙂 I’m glad I took a second look this time! These colors are GORGEOUS! And at only $2.99, they’re certainly affordable!
I picked up Glee, Confetti, and Firefly. Of course, they would be the sparkly ones!
First up is Glee! This is a beautiful blue green shade, that’s very reminiscint of… well… a LOT of other colors. Still very beautiful, but it’s something seen before… and then a few times before that. But first up, swatches!
This color applied wonderfully, and is just stunning. The pictures show 2 coats, no underwear.
As I mentioned before, this is definitely a color we’ve seen before. I swatched comparisons of the 2 look alikes I own:
Glee and Orly’s Halley’s Comet are pretty much identical. The Orly does have a bit more shimmer, and has a stronger gold tone to it. Essence’s Choose Me is a tad ligher than the other 2, and leans more blue. Still VERY similar, though! The other 2 look-alikes that I know of (but don’t own) are OPI’s Catch Me In Your Net, and Zoya Charla.
Orly Halley’s Comet and OPI’s Catch Me In Your Net are both harder to find now, and Zoya Charla runs in at $8 new. Essence Choose Me was only $0.99, but now that Essence has changed to the new bottle type, I haven’t seen this color. Jesse’s Girl Glee is $2.99- making it one of the more affordable options, and also easy to find it you’re near a Rite Aid!
Next up is Firefly!
Firefly is a beautiful gold shimmering topcoat. The flecks are large and gorgeous! They are a pretty gold iridescent color, with a very slight green tinge.
Confetti is a BEAUTIFUL shimmering purple. I’ve made my never ending love for Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Scrangie known to many people- and I still hate the fact that I didn’t splurge on it when it was available. This is by NO means a Scrangie dupe, or even a look alike. But it has similar characteristics to what I adore about Scrangie- specifically, a blurple shade!
This color is on the sheerer side compared to Glee, so I chose to layer 2 coats over a coat of Julep Anne. You can’t really tell Anne is under there, except for it adding a slightly darker tone to 2 coats of Confetti (otherwise this look would be reached with about 4 coats in my experience).
So there you have it, my very first Jesse’s Girls! The other colors at the store were pretty, but in my sparkle-loving opinion, these 3 were the standouts. You can find Jesse’s Girl at Rite Aids for $2.99.
Nicole by O.P.I. Target Exclusives Part 2: Iris My Case, You’re S-Teal The One, and Mer-Maid for Each Other
This post is not technically late.
Well ok, I originally promised it Thursday. So it’s late from that date.
Then I promised Saturday. As I have not yet gone to bed, I still consider it to be Saturday in my head. So I’m totally still on time.
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At the beginning of the month, I posted about 3 colors from Nicole by OPI that I found at Target, which you can see here. I know for a fact 2 are Fall Target exclusives, though I don’t think Look At Me Look At Me! is new.
This past week Target was having a sale on NOPI colors, and I had coupons for them… so I bought the remaining 3. And here they are!
First up I’m going to show off You’re S-Teal The One.
I know that the other 2 are definitely Target Fall Exclusives, but I’m not so sure about this one. I think I heard somewhere that it isn’t- but I’m going to show it anyways 😉
You’re S-Teal The One is a pretty bright blue metallic-y shimmer color. In the bottle it appears that there’s a strong (and beautiful) purple color shift, but that honestly doesn’t translate to the nail. I could barely see any purple once the polish was on- if I squinted very closely at a nail, I could see some purple shift in individual glitters.
Next up- Iris My Case!
Iris My Case is a beautiful purple to greenish-gold duochrome. Like You’re S-Teal The One, the effect was more prominent in the bottle. However, you could still see the duochrome on the nail- if you look closely in the photos you can see where the effect happens.
A very pretty addition to any collection- I’m really looking forward to China Glaze’s upcoming Bohemian collection, which will be full of duochromes like this but probably more pronounced. So this one will still be worth having! 2 coats again, not much in the way of cleanup.
And finally, we have Mer-Maid for Each Other!
When I first saw this display a month ago, I didn’t intend on picking this one up because I thought it was for sure a dupe of OPI’s Just Spotted the Lizard (which is a dupe of Chanel Peridot….). However, I’m happy to say it’s NOT a dupe, and in fact I find it much prettier!
Mer-Maid for Each Other is a very pretty green duochrome. Like Just Spotted the Lizard it leans golden in some lights, but unlike Lizard it also leans blue. The base color is definitely a blue green rather than a golden color.
I decided to do a side-by-side comparison of OPI’s Just Spotted the Lizard and Nicole by OPI’s Mer-Maid for Each Other. I completely forgot to include Sephora by OPI’s Mermaid To Order- but I can promise that REALLY doesn’t look anything like these 2.
You can already see from the bottle shots when side by side that they’re nothing alike- but in the store without seeing both together it’s hard to tell. In the bottle, Just Spotted the Lizard appears to have an AMAZING color shift from the color of Mer-Maid to Order all the way to golden, but that just doesn’t really translate to the nail (seems to be a common problem!).
Just Spotted the Lizard is on my pinky, middle finger, and thumb, while Mer-Maid for Each Other is on my index and ring finger. I had trouble showing off the color shift of these, but you can see in this photo- the base colors are nothing alike. Lizard is a greenish gold, while Mer-Maid is a golden green. Hah, that makes it sound like there shouldn’t be a big difference 🙂
There you have it! I’d say these are definitely worth picking up if you can find them- they’re at Target and retail for $7.04 (though this past week, they were on sale for $6.50 at Target). You can also find most of these and the colors from the previous post at Target’s website, too!
See you all in a day for the next Mani Monday!