They had some orange polishes, and I *love* orange polishes! I picked out two orange polishes that were not dupes for anything I already owned. I compared the bottles to the swatches on my nail wheels that I carry everywhere with me. It's not a true comparison because what you see in the bottle is not what translates onto the nail . . . or the nail wheel. But, I am buying fewer dupes this way. The two orange polishes I picked were Jailbait and Vitamin C.
I had been wanting Vitamin C since I saw it on a blog post. It's a very pretty orange with gold shimmer. It's what I had wanted China Glaze Riveting to be. I found Riveting to be too dark or something, just not entirely eye-pleasing to me, so when I wore Riveting, I had topped it with big and small gold flakies to make it more of a yellow-toned orange overall.
Jailbait is like a neon traffic cone dark reddish orange. It dries matte.
After choosing the two orange polishes, I had to pick a third polish because I couldn't just walk away from a free polish. After a good long time, I picked a pretty vampy shimmery shade called Bite Me. I *loved* it, loved it, loved it, loved it. It seemed similar to my swatch of Sephora By OPI I'm With Brad, but it wasn't identical. When I got home I swatched Bite Me, and I loved it even more. Opaque in one coat. Truly opaque, no bald spots. And, so gorgeous! The formula was perfect and easy. But, comparing the swatch to my swatch of SOPI IWB, it was clear that they were identical. I compared the bottles. Identical. I tried and tried and tried to find some difference to justify my keeping them both, but they were truly indistinguishable, and although I think the formula for Bite Me was much, much better, I had bought IWB back in December 2011 and couldn't return it, but I could return Bite Me the next day at CVS and exchange it for a different color.
Here are some bottle shots and swatches on a nail wheel:
|From left to right: Jail Bait, Vitamin C, and Bite Me.|
|#16 is Vitamin C, #17 is Jail Bait, and #18 is Bite Me.|
|#3 on the top wheel is China Glaze Riveting, top half of it matted, left half of it topped with Luxe and Lush. On the bottom wheel, #16 is Vitamin C, #17 is Jail Bait, and #18 is Bite Me.|
|On the top wheel, #1 is Wet N Wild Club Havana, and #2 is Essie Orange It's Obvious.|
|On the top wheel, #13 is L'Oreal L'Orange.|
The pictures above are the last of the ones watermarked with the iPhone app that blurred my pictures by lowering the resolution and file size of my images. The pictures below are all at original resolution, and from here on out, future posts should have images at original resolution unless I test out another program.
So, the next day, Sunday I went to a different CVS, hoping to find a larger selection of Spoiled polishes, and I exchanged Bite Me for yet another orange polish. :-) This CVS did have a much larger selection of Spoiled polishes, and I got to look at some shades that had caught my attention on blog posts. The exchange was not a simple exchange because I had bought the polishes the day before with the buy-two-get-one-free offer, and now they were no longer on sale, but I wasn't going to pay even a few pennies for what should be an exchange. With a manager's help, I finally completed the exchange.
The polish I got was Orange You Glad, another shade of orange with gold shimmer. I also like this one better than China Glaze Riveting.
|On the left is Orange You Glad. On the right, #16 is Vitamin C, #17 is Jail Bait, and #18 is Bite Me.|
|On the left is Orange You Glad. On the right, #2 is Revlon Tangerine, and #3 is Revlon Orange Fizz.|
|On the left is Orange You Glad. On the right, #10 is HITS Speciallita Hula.|
|On the left is Orange You Glad. On the right, #3 is China Glaze Riveting (the right half in this picture is matted, and the top half has China Glaze Luxe and Lush over Riveting).|
|On the left is Orange You Glad. On the right, #9 is China Glaze Cross Iron, and #10 is Confetti Papa-Razzi|
|On the left is Orange You Glad. On the right, #13 is L'Oreal L'Orange.|
|On the left is Orange You Glad. On the right, #1 is Wet N Wild Club Havana, #2 is Essie Orange It's Obvious, and #3 is OPI Cajun Shrimp.|
I really got as much if not more pleasure from these inexpensive drug store polishes than I have gotten from other more expensive polishes. I just loved those orange shades, and they made me so happy to buy, look at, hold and swatch! Even Bite Me made me happy, even if I did exchange it the next day.
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