Monday, July 23, 2012

Tiffany Blue Nail Polish

So I've got a nail polish problem but this post isn't about that -- that is a whole other post for another time. But I've got explain this before I delve further. See, for some reason I go on these odd quests and there's no real beginning but there's always an end. It starts with something incredibly simple and then... Well, you'll see. 

The Quest Giver
It started with Nouveau Cheap's post entitled "Some Sinful Colors blues and greens: a comparison" where she literally does what she stated. And I for some strange reason I fell in love with Sinful Colors "Be Happy" which then reminded me of an earlier post where she swatched "Cinderella." Next thing I know I'm in the store trying to find Cinderella and Be Happy -- except that deep down I know that Be Happy has not been missing in action at my local Walgreens.

So I secured a bottle of Cinderella but now I was determined to find out more about "Be Happy" because all of my research kept turning up China Glaze's For Audrey. Which sparked a whole new ridiculous quest. Tiffany Blue was all the rage in 2010 which spawned a bunch of dupes. (Don't judge me for being two years late to this train, I spent half of that year playing World of Warcraft and it was worth it. My NE Rogue (I can see you judging) finally mastered herbalism. Moving on, for now.)

>Anyhow, as I said, this spawned a hunt for a Tiffany Blue. I did get free cookies and coffee from them when they first opened a store on Wall Street (NYC -- that was the greatest week) which was right across from my old job. And even now, I walk past their store in Union Square (SF) every day. But nothing has quite prompted me to go in, but I will say I have always loved the Tiffany Blue colour. And so, I went on a quest to find nail polish that would perfectly match Tiffany Blue because I love the colour blue.

The first attempt at getting a robin egg blue that was similar to that of Tiffany Blue was Orly's Gumdrop. While I think it's cute it did take some time to get used to and right off the bat, you'll notice that it is not the colour you want if you're aiming for a Tiffany Blue. It's a good colour, with a great consistency and amazing coverage, but not quite the one I was looking for.

Now Nouveau Cheap did a great swatch of China Glaze For Audrey and later did a fantastic comparison of the CG to Wet n Wild Megalast I Need A Refresh-Mint. More research yielded that it turns out For Audrey isn't a good point to compare the Tiffany Blue to though especially since the bag, box, and wherever else you might have seen Tiffany Blue is slightly different because of how printing occurs. So luckily after a bit more searching I found Polish Hoarder Disorder's post entitled "Closure... finally!" which is just about the most comprehensive look at Tiffany Blue nail polishes that you will find (for now, I guess). While the post was written in 2010, it does take out a lot of the legwork for you (and me).

Content with her hard work and comparison, I set out to find Essie's Turquoise and Caicos. I searched all of my local drugstores -- the one CVS and then the 5 other Walgreens and I couldn't find it. I finally found it at a beauty supply store and finally could put a rest to my crazy quest. 

I haven't tried the Essie yet (and I apologize for the super flash overkill pictures, but it was the only way to see the colours) but you can see that it's a bit darker than the Orly. It's only a tiny bit more green than the Orly but overall, I'm still content with the Orly. Here's a picture of all three (that includes Cinderella) just to see a side by side comparison of the bottles. 

And now, to return to that WoW moment, 2010 was awesome. So what if I missed the boat on Tiffany Blue nail polishes? I dinged 85, not only on my rogue but also on my DK. Too bad I lost all my screenshots and the lone survivors are all ones that are of terrible quality. 

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