Monday, March 31, 2014

Grass Green Comparisons: Zoya, China Glaze, Nicole by OPI

Hey everybody!  Well, much to my dismay, it's spring.  And with it come pollen and lots of growing things that have no mercy on my allergies.  So I decided to do a nice springtime comparison today, minus the hay fever.  I've got three different grassy greens for your viewing pleasure. :)

First up is Zoya Meg, a foil polish that you could, quite honestly, apply in the dark.  Okay.  Maybe that wasn't *entirely* honest.  But my point is that Zoya's foils are so wonderfully forgiving...in fact, I tend to reach for them when I'm tired and my eyes aren't focusing quite right.


Meg is a medium grass green from the 2012 Surf collection that ensnared me completely.  She is very shimmery and has a yellow undertone, but I won't hold that against her.  I used 2 coats of Meg for full coverage.


Next I have China Glaze Paper Chasing, a more subtle shimmer that's a kelly green.  It's the color of the legendary Crayola crayon called "Green", back when crayons were named actual color names, as opposed to "Dragon Guts"  or "Fat Caterpillar" or something of that ilk.


Paper Chasing is a bit on the sheer side, so I used three coats and still had Mr. Troublemaker Who Shall Remain Nameless peeking through.  For some reason, though, the VNL doesn't bother me with this polish.  It's just so pretty and I can't stay perturbed at it.  It's also got a great formula.


Well, if Paper Chasing was a bit sheer, Nicole by OPI Make Mine Lime is cheesecloth.  Another grassy-hued hard shimmer with just a *hint* of chartreuse, Make Mine Lime is so sheer that I had to use FOUR coats to achieve the amazing lack of opacity you see before you. :)


Yet, it IS lime.  It's quite summery, and the shimmer is really pretty in this.  I just don't know how many people would have the patience to put it multiple coats just to assure themselves that they hadn't mistakenly reached for a topper. :/


So there you have it...three grass greens that are as different as rye, centipede, and St. Augustine. :)  Are you all glad to see spring here?  You are??!!  UGH!  WHY?!! :P

Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day. <3

18 comments:

  1. LOOKIT ALL THE GREEN!! Zoya just does this shade like no one else, but you're the first blogger to make me actually think twice about Meg. It's prefect on you. I used to (and might still, not sure) own two shimmery NOPIs and the formulas were the same as you describe here, both maxing out my tolerable number of coats and still being too sheer. Good thing there is no shortage of shimmery greens in the nail polish world :) And wait a minute, Crayola doesn't name their colors actual colors anymore?! How silly. Fat Caterpillar? Really?! Oh, and one more thing-- I am SO HAPPY spring is here because that means I get to go running outside after work again, and also that it's not freaking freezing, and also the flowers, and pretty spring clothes. Sorry 'bout the allergies, kid. You'd hate it here in grass seed central.

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    1. Fat Caterpillar is a name I thought up myself...but the other names are not too far off. :P I'm kinda surprised you don't own Meg. It's a beautiful shade of green AND a Zoya foil to boot, so it's pretty much perfect. <3 Well, I'm glad you're happy spring is here. Spring here lasts roughly 47 minutes, and then it's hot for 10 months.

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  2. Pretty greens! I also love Zoya's Apple from their Sunshine collection...

    And yes, I love Spring because it means iris and azaleas, and bluebonnets...

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    1. I love Apple too...and Midori...but I don't own either of those. :/ And our azaleas are blooming this week...they are pretty, I must admit. :D

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  3. Meg is gorgeous on you, Melissa! It's one of my favorite polishes ever, and it looks amazing on everyone I've seen. It's the polish I consistently get the most compliments on. It's just the most stunning shade of spring green!! Haha, can you tell I love this shade? And to think I almost passed it up. When I first got it, I didn't think much of it and tossed it into my unworn pile until I saw it on two of my girlfriends. Then I was hooked! :D

    ~ Yun

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    1. Wow...really? The shade you get the most compliments on? That's pretty cool! It's a really fabulous polish, and I bet it does look gorgie with your skin. <3

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  4. Bwahahahaha!! :D Thank you ever so much for the comparisons minus the hay fever!! We your readers greatly appreciate it, but are much aggrieved that you are experiencing such atrocities and discomforts in real life. :( If you want, you're welcome to come here; as I type, we are still in the midst of a raging blizzard that has dumped more than a FOOT of snow on us today. -_- It's also windy as all get out, so visibility is down to hmm...maybe a city block?? I can't even remember the last time we had a storm this bad! ANYhoo, I am really digging your green comparison!! I don't think green is the best color for me, but these look fun and springy (minus the hay fever) on you, dear. :) Re: painting in the dark - did you read my Dancing with Nureyev post where I mentioned I did that mani with my hands pretty much under my desk at work?! LOL gotta love colors that are soo easy to apply!
    And it is a travesty that crayons are getting weird names, IMO. I noticed that last year when coloring with my nieces & nephew!
    Polishes like that NOPI cheesecloth really should come with warning labels for the poor, unsuspecting average polish purchaser. I'd be annoyed if I spent what, $7 on something that was as sheer as a topper! Not cool, NOPI! :P

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    1. Holy MOLY, I just published a book!!!

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    2. Where's the sequel??? :P LOL...YES, I saw that you painted your nails under your desk, hahaha...that's how the formula is on Meg. Or any other Zoya foil, come to think of it. Why isn't green a good color for you? Turn you all crustacean-esque? :( And LOLOL about the warning labels for the poor...fortunately I found Make Mine Lime at TJ Maxx in a double pack for $6. :D

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    3. Ufff I don't think I have it in me to write a sequel tonight... I stayed up late and got up early to ensure I'd have enough time if a major shovel-out was required. Thankfully since I was standing by my car, shovel in hand, the plow lifted up its blade & went around me so I didn't end up with the 2-foot, hard packed ridge of snow all the way around me like the rest of the cars. The driver must've detected my piercing glare as he came up the street. :P I am thankful for plows, but not when they make my shoveling tasks 20x harder!!
      I am not really sure why I have an aversion to green? Actually it's moreso to just real bright, grassy, electric greens. I loooove pale, dusty, or sorta "off" shades like Orly Coachella Dweller and Zoya Neely, and I don't know if you've seen the new Cover Girl Salt Water Taffy...it's like a barely there pistachio green. :D
      I'm glad you got a good deal for yours! Although I guess I was talking moreso about the frustration for a normal person not realizing they'd have to use about 4 or 5 coats to achieve the bottle color they thought they were getting. But yes, the $$ spent too. I hate feeling like I just wasted money. And okay, pretty sure this actually IS a sequel! LOL

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  5. Meg looks especially pretty on you - I love greens!

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    1. Thank you! I don't wear greens a lot, even though I love them. I remember being surprised at how gorgeous Meg was the first time I wore it.

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  6. Awesome post Melissa - hayfever sucks - EXCLAMATION MARKS - I Start to develop some myself and as my GP told me quite unimpressed something they observe more and more in patients "of a certain age" despite them never were prone to allergies before - brilliant!!! We have spring since more than four weeks and I have to admit, I enjoy it. On to important things: Fat Caterpillar had me hollering - do they team up with nailpolish companies to develop ridiculously long and "creative" names? All of those greens look awesome on you - I own Meg and Paper Chasing. Zoya rocks shimmers like no others!!! Paper Chasing is quite old and I bought it quite some years ago when Ridge Filling Base Coat was no more than a Label on a bottle with 0 impact. I remember putting the bottle away disgustedly - I can handle sheer but sheer AND ridged - no way!!!! Thanks for reminding me of it - maybe it is time to give it another go....

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    1. How did I not answer your comment already?? I'm so glad everybody loved my name "Fat Caterpillar", LOLOL. I really love Paper Chasing. It's just a good ol' green, you know? As dependable as they come. I would love to see Meg on you! Isn't it so beautiful??

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  7. Lol re crayon names Dragon Guts and Fat Caterpillar! I just happen to be wearing a wild and fabulous chartreuse polish by EDK called I Love Zombies!

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    1. From what I've seen, weird greens with "zombie" names are very vogue right now!! And I've discovered chartreuse done right is quite nice. :)

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