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Catherine 267 Passionfruit swatches and review

PR sample

Hi beauties!

Today I would like to show you 267 Passionfruit from the Catherine Pacific Collection. Passionfruit is a beautiful deep purple shimmer colour that is right up my alley!

The challenge was to show the polish in a summery scene, which was indeed challenging as the weather has not been very summerlike so far. But I caught a little bit of sunlight recently, and it was worth it to show the shimmer of this beauty! And for the even more summerly look, I tried a floral stamping and I actually liked how it turned out!

Application was great, two easy coats was all I needed. The wear was satisfying, I got 3 full days out of it. Removal was easy (no staining). So, I’m very happy with this polish and will definitely wear it again!

The pics below show Passionfruit in two coats with one coat of HK top coat.

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Catherine 267 Passionfruit

I hope that summer will be here soon – I desperately need some sun! Happy weekend to everyone!

Thank you, Catherine, for providing Passionfruit!

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Catherine 266 Flawless – swatches and review + cat content

PR-Sample

Hi beauties!

Long time no see! I decided to give two cats a foster home, so I hardly found time for blogging lately. Here are the two furballs, Kitty and Zeus (the licking one):

Kitty und Zeus

We are starting to get to know each other and now I finally found some time to paint my nails again. I decided to show you a new favourite of mine! Catherine sent this to me recently as a PR sample (thank you Catherine!!!). The colour is called Flawless and is one out of five nail polishes from a new set called the Divine Box:

Catherine Divine Box

As you can see, Flawless is the brightest of the 5 colours. For me, this is the perfect pale pink/nude colour. I’ve been looking for a nail polish like this for a while already. The problem with these pale nudes usually is the streaky or patchy application. But Flawless lives up to its name! Two easy coats is all this beauty needed, no bald spots and no streaks – just flawless! I’m impressed! Also, it dries very shiny on its own. I added one coat of HK Girl top coat as a matter of routine. The wear was good, I got two full days without chipping or tip wear.

Now to the pics!

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Great work-appropriate colour, easy application – I’m definitely going to wear this one again soon!

Happy weekend everyone!

 

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!

Update:

It looks like some indie brands have accepted the challenge to dupe this beauty and came pretty close! Check out

Ever After Polish – 2 Peace in a Pod
CbL – Rendered Speechless
ILNP – Valentina