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Project Polish 2018

Hello beauties!

Happy New Year! The first week of 2018 is over and I spent a lot of it in bed with a nasty cold 😦 Boo! I hope you guys had a better start into the new year!

Today I would like to introduce you to a challenge that I’ve been wanting to join for a while, and this year I finally got around to it! It is the “Project Polish 2018” challenge, initiated by the lovely Eri from lackislove and Nici from blueshadowdragonheart. Everyone who would like to participate can pick a few polishes that they would like to empty. There will be updates every 3 months to see the progress. The hashtag to use is #unserprojectpolish2018 .

I think this is a great way to actually appreciate the nail polish you have and to bethink yourself of your stash and how far you can actually get with one bottle of nail polish. Also, I think for me personally, it will help me decide what to wear. Like a few “go-to”-polishes that I will put on my nails when I have no time to think about what I want to wear.

Here are my picks for the challenge:

Unser Project Polish 2018

Left to right:

P2 – 070 Charming Secret
China Glaze – Oxygen
P2 – 541 Night Out

As you can see, I picked two very neutral, every day, nude polishes that I can wear to anything. I love the P2 Charming Secret on my toe nails, too, so I’m confident that I can use that one a lot. The China Glaze Oxygen has a “my nails but better” effect, so it is really wearable, too. Also, since it is so sheer and jelly-like, I wanted to try some glitter sandwich manicures with that one. I picked the P2 Night Out because I think it makes a great base for all kinds of toppers! Which leads me to my second nail-related resolution for 2018 – use toppers more often! So this polish will hopefully help me wear all the beautiful toppers from my stash.

Fun fact: I finally ordered one of these (a polish bottle holder to tilt the bottles) – probably a necessary tool in order to really finish a nail polish!

Can’t wait to check out all of your projects! And especially to see the updates in March! What other resolutions for 2018 do you have (nail-related or not)? Or aren’t you a fan of that?

 

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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

Happy New Year 2016!

Hi everyone!

I wish you all a happy New Year, with lots of love, laughter, excitement, happiness and joy! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

Here is my Fireworks manicure that I will be wearing tonight, I hope you like it! I’m entering the Sunday Silvester Nails Blog Challenge by Reviernägel as well as Specialities by Mylistof with this posting, so go check out what these girls wore on their nails for New Years Eve, too!

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And here is what I used, plus a small brush to hand-paint the fireworks:

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Happy New Year and cheers!

Fireworks Manicure