Wednesday, March 17, 2010

SOTD: Irish Green, but not Irish Green

For weeks I checked out my local Walgreens and Rite Aid, but I could not find Sinful Colors Irish Green. I really do adore neon colors, so I was looking forward to this one, but I cannot seem to get my hands on it. I would have settled for China Glaze's Four Leaf Clover, since just because of the name, it sounds like a color I would associate with St. Patrick's Day. Well, no luck there either, since no store near me sells China Glaze.

Instead I stopped by my local Claire's on my (other) relentless pursuit in search of a good neon yellow and picked up this neon green as well...

Here is Claire's Lime Yours. This Claire's polish had a label on the bottom of the bottle, and the name does work for this green shade. It looks like a lime green shade in real life. But for some unknown reason, once I uploaded the photos to blogger, the shade of the polish changed colors to a more yellow hue.

See what I mean about the color change? I know neons are hard to capture, but the above bottle pic shows even more yellow than the first photo. So just imagine with me that this shade looks like a bright green liquid highlighter.

For a better color representation follow the link HERE to this website called "COLOURlovers". (On a side note, it's kind of fun to browse around their website, because it's like looking at a ton of Pantone color swatches.) The green swatch I linked to above, looks the closest to what this nail polish looks like in real life.

But, back to the nail polish...

With a top coat (I used Orly Won't Chip), the outcome was a nice smooth neon green after 3 coats. Ignoring the fact that in these photos I look like I have lobster hands because the green polish seems to bring out the pink/red undertones in my skin, this color was very bright and really caught attention, thus making it a fun color to wear for St. Patrick's Day.

Being a true neon, the color dried matte without a top coat, so here is another picture so you can see what it looks like sans shiny finish:

Another problem I had with this polish (besides the fact that blogger doesn't seem to like the color), is that even though I attempted to paint on three thin coats, I still developed bubbles, as seen in the above photograph. When I added the top coat, the bubbles went away. I'm kind of disappointed about the bubbles thing, because I'm not sure if that means this polish was old when I bought it (since I bought it late January/early February and a month or two shouldn't make a difference on an unopened bottle of polish), or if it just doesn't work right with my layering skills and/or body chemistry.

Final verdict: It was quite fun to wear a bright green for St. Patrick's Day, and I may attempt to use this polish one more time, but if I have the same bubbling results, I don't think I'll be investing in Claire's polishes again, if they work like this for me. There are other neon collections coming out soon, so I may turn to those instead.

So did anyone else wear a green polish for St. Patrick's Day? Has anyone else had bubbling occur in a nail polish - particularly a Claire's nail polish? I think I'll give this polish another try, but for now, I'm undecided.

Thanks for looking. Bye for now.


  1. Whoa! You sure can't miss this green! I featured a green nail polish a while back and yes, it was soooo difficult to capture the green-ness!

    The bubbles are many, from what I can see in the pic. That's not good. I hope it won't repeat itself in your second attempt. :)

  2. Ah! The KOH Jewel polish? That was a lovely color you featured. And I thought purples were supposed to be the worst for photographing! I guess it's really any bright color? Yes, the bubbles are a problem, but I'm also hoping it won't be as bad next time. (And I didn't even include a pic of my thumb that showed the most bubbles!) Thanks for looking. :)

  3. I like that you wore a neon green for St Patrick's Day :) I wore China Glaze Emerald Sparkle with China Glaze Passion for a four leaf clover Konad stamp, and reversed that for my ring fingers. Incidentally, I tend to get bubbles with chrome finishes, I have no idea why: China Glaze Millennium bubbled like crazy no matter what I did, I've no idea why :(

  4. Hi Jenny$1983! Emerald Sparkle sounds like it would have been the perfect St. Patrick's Day color, and with a four leaf clover stamp - sounds perfect! I only own two ChG colors, so I haven't had much experience with them, but I've never heard about their chrome polishes bubbling. That's too bad! Especially since chromes show every little indent and possible ridge with how shiny they tend to be. Hopefully we'll both have less bubbling with our polishes in the future!


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