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GAP Bright Pool Swatches

Just a quick post today- it’s another polish I swatched forever ago and never posted!

This is GAP Bright Pool, which you can buy in GAP stores.  You may have to dig- in my GAP, they had all the polish all mixed up in glass cylinders.

Aside from being absolutely gorgeous (I adore the aquas and mints!), this made waves in polish land this past.. winter? fall? because it’s a dead on dupe of Rescue Beauty Lounge’s beloved Aqua Lily.  I didn’t do a direct comparison here, but others have done side by side comparisons if you do a quick Google search.  I’ve not really been able to notice any differences- which is great, because it’s a lot cheaper (RBL is usually $20), and Aqua Lily is currently retired.

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Bright Pool is a stunning bright aqua polish with a strong pink flash.  The flash is mostly noticeable in direct lighting or outdoors, but you can sometimes see it indoors- though as you can see from my old AL post I linked above, it’s very subtle.

Bright Pool applied well (I know I’ve been saying this all the time- but I honestly haven’t photographed any polishes that have given me trouble in awhile)- I used 2 coats with no topcoat for these pictures.
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As I said earlier, you can pick this up inside GAP stores- sadly you can’t buy it online (well, not directly from the GAP that is).  I don’t remember the exact price, but I think it was in the $4 range (someone feel free to correct me if I’m off on that!).  They have a few other pretty colors so it’s definitely worth checking out!


OPI Alcatraz… Rocks Swatches and Review

The other day at ULTA I spotted the OPI San Francisco collection- there’s a lot of pretty colors, but the one that jumped out at me most (and into my bag) was Alcatraz… Rocks.   I’d seen it in photos, but it was SO much prettier in person!

I’m still a bit on the fence when it comes to the textured polish trend- I don’t like many, but super sparkly ones (like Zoya’s Pixie Dusts or JulieG Gumdrops) I LOVE!   And Alactraz… Rocks is definitely sparkly!

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Alcatraz… Rocks is a dark blurple base (more purple leaning than I initially realized) filled with lots of different shimmer.  I definitely saw blue, pink, and gold, though there could be a touch of green in there as well.

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Application was great- I had good coverage with 1 coat, and complete coverage with 2.  Photos show 2 coats with no topcoat.  The dry time was pretty good- textured polishes can sometimes take a bit longer to dry, but it seemed like this one was touch-dry in around the same length of time my normal polishes are.

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This is my first Liquid Sand polish, though I have quite a few textured offerings from other brands- and I can definitely say OPI did a great job with it.  Dry time seemed to be superior to others I have used, and the sparkle was over the top (in a good way).  If you like textures, definitely be sure to pick this one up!

I bought my bottle at ULTA for $9, but you can find this at most places OPI nail polish is sold!