Here's an Illamasqua polish I've been debating purchasing for a really long time. I thought that I'd be ok with just Color Club Puccilicious, because in photos they look so similar, but in the end, they're pretty damn different. Jo'mina is lighter, pinker and maybe a bit warmer. It's awesome. It's got a great formula just like all the Illamasqua I've tried. Very pigmented and it takes only two coats for excellent coverage. It will be amazing with a summer tan, I'm telling you! I don't have any other polishes that are dupes, though it's somewhere in between Puccilicious and OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender.
The China Glaze Electro Pop collection is popping up here and there, and I found that my local CosmoProf has them due to hit the shelves on January 1, when their B2G1F promo starts, but I was able to snag four of them today. These are the ones I was looking forward to most! I've got both swatches and comparisons for you in this post. All four shades reminded me of other shades that are high up on my list of favorites, so I was anxious to see how they compared.
From Sparitual's new-ish Imagine collection, this is a really unique sort of indescribable shade. It's not quite periwinkle, it's not quite lavender. There's some purple, blue and some sort of beige in the base that makes it sort of earthy and casual while still managing to make a sound. On beigey skin tones this is going to be amazing. I'm a big fan of the periwinkle, friends, and so this sucker is a big fave for me. It applies pretty standard for the handful of Sparituals I've tried in my day. The creme formula are usually slightly streaky on the first coat but are luxuriously even and creamy on the second, and this is on par. The color itself makes this a must-buy for me, and so if you enjoy the shade, I recommend it. I did a couple comparisons with well-known periwinkles and a lavender for what they're worth after the jump, but even though these are the closest shades I think I might have, none come close. If you have an idea for a polish that might be similar, let me know and I'll check the stash and see if I can do a comparison.
Avon has three new shades for summer; Luxe Lavender, Vintage Blue and Urban Grey! I'm a big fan of Avon's polishes because they're cheap, often are on sale for even cheaper, and the formula is great. The color range is a bit lacking compared to other brands, and they're not as edgy with their shades, but when they do it right, they really do it right. I really liked the recent release of two gorgeous greens; Jade and Olive Green, so I was excited to hear about even more new colors. Really at first only Urban Grey really called out to me, but since they were (and as of the time of this post they still are) $2.99 on sale, so I grabbed the other two as well to show you guys and to hopefully compare to other polishes. The lavender and blue aren't the most unique polishes out there, but they're solid pastels and are worth looking at if your collection of pastels is lacking.
Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud - about $8 at most drugstores
I've come to have something of an infatuation with this new Sally Hansen formula. Not only are there quite a few interesting shades, but most that I've tried have had magnificent application, very pigmented and smooth. Lavender Cloud is most definitely interesting and unique in color, but the application was slightly less perfect than all the other Complete Salon Manicure shades I've tried. That's not to say that it wasn't good, but it just was a tiny bit streaky and required three coats for complete coverage rather than the maximum two of the others. The shade you're getting is an almost-white. If you like the jelly white of OPI Peace Baby! and the almost-white pink of OPI Tickets to Paradise, and heck, if you like China Glaze Light as Air, you're going to love this polish. After three careful coats you get a ever-so-slightly lilac tinged off-white that looks amazing on tanned skin. It's not harsh and in-your-face like stark white is, nor is it as tricky to apply as jelly whites like Peace Baby! or Essie Marshmallow. It's a beautiful soft opaque creme with just enough color to make it wearable. The icing on the cake is that while it's a very opaque and bright/light polish, which are prone to tipwear and/or chipping, I had none after almost four days, and the finish still looked great with no further topcoat applications. Sally Hansen WIN!