Wir lackieren + Lilalaunelacke: Colors by Llarowe – Plum Perfect

Hi beauties!

Today’s post will feature two german blog-challenges that I have been meaning to participate in for a long time:

Wir lackieren…” is a challenge by Marzipany and Tine who invite all of you to show/wear certain brands for a month. This month it is all about CbL and Essie. I only own one (!) Essie so I chose to show you my newest CbL called Plum Perfect.

Lilalaunelacke” is a cute challenge initiated by the lovely Shirley from Lack ‘n’ Roll and she partnered up with Steffi from Gepunkteter Nagellackblog and Susi from Susis Kinkerlitzchen. to show beautiful purple nail polishes. I can’t believe I never participated in this! Half of my nail polishes are purple, I always fall for them…

The name says it all, CbL Plum Perfect is the PERFECT purple plum linear holo nail polish – so so pretty. So my thing. Very vibrant with a superstrong holo in direct light, and a little shy but with a beautiful base colour in the shade (see last picture). The application is a dream, two easy coats is all it needs (plus one layer of fast-drying top coat for the pictures below). The wear is great, I got 3 days without chipping out of my mani.

Maybe a few lines about the brand, CbL (=Colors by Llarowe). I still remember when Leah Ann, founder and owner of Llarowe and CbL, still had her Ebay shop and was selling nail polish there. She had the best costumer service I had ever experienced and I was so happy when she finally opened her own online shop. I also still remember the first preorders and wishlists of Lynnderella nail polishes and all the drama and stress that came up with the high demand. She somehow managed and now, today, has not only one of the greatest nail polish online shops, but has also developed her own indie nail polish brand with the most beautiful and stunning nail polishes ever. I’m a huge fangirl and I’m very proud to have been able to witness her success from the beginning up until today.

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I bought CbL at Hypnotic Polish.

The mighty quest for epic dupes: YSL Peace Green comparison to other nail polishes

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

Hi beauties,

I think it is always fascinating when you come across a nail polish that is so unique that there are no dupes available. I think that YSL Peach Green is a nail polish like that, at least I am not aware of any dupes to it: It has a nice green/blue pastel base with some very visible iridescent pink shimmer, and this is all in one polish! Google-ing has not brought up any useful dupes at all, but I found a few blogs that tried to combine a similar base colour with some pink shimmer.

So I went through my stash and collected all the closest pastel green/blue polishes, along with all the pink shimmer toppers that I own. Maybe this comparison will help you a little, especially if you were wondering whether a certain polish/topper is close to Peace Green or not. Spoiler alert: I did not find a perfect combination in my stash, but I encourage you to try some combinations for yourself – you might end up with a great manicure that you enjoy, even though it might not be 100% the same as wearing Peace Green.

Here are the base colours I tried:

  • China Glaze – Keep calm, paint on
  • P2 – 590 who cares?
  • Susie N.Y. – 46
  • Glam Nails – 95 Opal
  • Kiko – 389
  • Catrice – 240 Sold Out For Ever
  • Catherine – 249
  • Manhattan – 08M

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

And here is a list of other nail polishes that might have the same base colour as Peace Green, but I don’t own them myself, so I can’t compare:

  • RdL Young – Mint, Myself and I
  • China Glaze – Re-fresh Mint
  • Essie – Mint Candy Apple
  • Illamasqua – Milf
  • Revlon – Minted

And here are the pink toppers that I tried:

  • Basic – No Name
  • Models Own – Indian Ocean
  • Essence – 01 Feels so good
  • OPI – Movin’ Out

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

One of the colours that first came to mind when I thought about dupes for the base colour of Peace Green was Chanel Jade or its cheap dupe, Catrice Sold Out For Ever. The base colour is not even close though, Chanel Jade/Catrice SOFE is much greener and slightly darker. Also, it is missing the pink shimmer of course. See comparison below, which also shows that Catherine 249 is greener, lighter and more yellow than the base of Peace Green:

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

I think we don’t have to mention Manhattan 08M as this is much too dark and too green/grey. (See below). But look at China Glaze – Keep Calm, Paint On! The base of China Glaze appears to be a little paler with less blue undertones. But this one came really close and I love that it also has a shimmer of its own, even though it is not a pink one!

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

Two more close candidates were Susie N.Y. 46 as well as p2 Who Cares, see below. The Susie nail polish was a gift from Tokyo and p2 is a german local cheap drugstore brand. Both shades are a little more blue than Peace Green but look pretty close.

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

The last two nail polishes that made it on the comparison list are Glam Nails Opal and Kiko 389. Opal has a beautiful blue shimmer itself, apart from that it might be a little too pale. Kiko on the other hand is much too vibrant and blue, see below.

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

Okay so my three favourites when it comes to the base colour of Peace Green are:

  • China Glaze – Keep Calm, Paint On
  • p2 – Who Cares
  • Susie N.Y. – 46

Now to the shimmers on top! First of all, the shimmer I had high expectations about, OPI Movin’ Out, was way too dark and changed the base colour too much. So that one is not an option. It looks good over all kinds of base colours, but a light pale green/blue is not a great match (see below – China Glaze as the base and one coat of OPI Movin’ Out on top). A pink shimmer top coat that really did it for me was from Basic (No Name). Sadly, it is from a drugstore that is no longer (Schlecker) so it is discontinued. But it is the perfect shimmer consistency, very subtle, not changing the base colour, and very tiny shimmer particles. The shimmer is a little cooler-toned than the one of Peace Green, and more purple/blue, but I love the combination of China Glaze and the Basic shimmer top coat a lot. See below:

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

I liked this noname Basic shimmer top coat so much that I decided to put it over P2 and Susie N.Y. as well. It makes both base polishes look a lot like YSL Peace Green. See below for an overview. You can also see here that Models Own Indian Ocean and Essence Feels so Good are stunning shimmers but their particles are much bigger than the glow-y sheen of Peace Green.

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

So, my favourite shimmer top coat is hands down the basic no name. I applied it over my three favourite base colours on my nails below, and on my ring finger is Peace Green for comparison. You can see that the shimmer of Peace Green is much warmer than the basic top coat.

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

I hope this comparison was helpful for you! It certainly was a lot of fun for me – even though I couldn’t find a 100% match, I found a lot of beautiful combinations! For example, I love Models Own Indian Ocean over a pale green base, absolutely beautiful! I recommend experimenting for yourself!

Have you got any suggestions for dupes to Peace Green? I’d love to hear! Just leave a comment below❤

Happy Sunday everyone!

Yves Saint Laurent – 70 Peace Green

Hi beauties!

I finally found YSL Peace Green in the city today!! I’ve been wanting this colour since I first saw swatches on Instagram – this pastel green in combination with the iridescent pink shimmer is perfection! First I ordered it at parfumdreams.de but they have been unable to ship it for over a month now so I think YSL ran low on stock and wasn’t able to deliver it to Parfumdreams. They still think they will be able to ship it by the end of February, but honestly, I couldn’t resist anymore when I saw it at a counter in the city today (Kaufhof, Cologne).

Peace Green is one of two limited edition nail polish shades of the YSL spring collection, the other one is a very pretty pastel pink with iridescent shimmer – but my wallet said no and would only let me buy one of them (one bottle retails for about 25 €).

Application of Peace Green was okay, a little runny and the brush is wide and flat, which for me is not ideal. If you are interested in what the application looks like, just check out this brief video I uploaded on YouTube.

Even though Peace Green seems pretty sheer at first, two carefully applied coats were enough to achieve the coverage you see on the pictures below. One coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat made the shimmer pop even more. And that shimmer – you guys! It is not one of these shy shimmers that hides all the time and where you need that perfect lighting to make it pop. This shimmer shows up in most lighting conditions, even without direct sunlight, it’s almost always there! I love it!

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I am not aware of any dupes to this beauty, but you can achieve a similar look with a base colour and a rose-shimmery top coat like on this blog. Is this satisfying? Not really…

UPDATE: In the meantime I made a little comparison with other nail polishes. Check it out here!

I can’t wait for spring to be finally here! Happy Sunday everyone!