Thursday, July 15, 2010

Still Moody

When I first came across that new display of mood polishes, I thought there were about forty colors, because the display looks like this:

Blue Cross Mood Struck

Here's a detail shot of the top bit, which shows they're from Blue Cross (if you click to see big, you might be able to make out that they're .25 oz. for US$3.99):

Blue Cross Mood Struck

When I inspected more closely, I found there were twelve different colors (though the display is fourteen polishes wide). The first time I spotted these, I got four of them; by the end of the weekend, I had a whole set. Of course I did.

As I mentioned, these don't have color names; they do have different colored stickers on the tops to show what shades they are, but all of those say CHANGES COLOR! (or COLOR! CHANGES, depending on which side you start reading from). The stickers on the display are the same, and the UPC labels are no help, either; they just say "MOOD NAIL", though they do have different numbers, so that's what I decided to call them (because things like Bright Pink/A Slightly Lighter Bright Pink are tedious to type).

Blue Cross Mood Struck

Here are the bright, warm creme shades:

Blue Cross Mood Struck

Left to right: Eight, Three, Seven, Nine.


On the nail, mostly still cold from running them under the water faucet (all swatches today are four coats over a base coat, plus top coat):

Blue Cross Mood Struck

Top to bottom: Eight, Three, Seven, Nine.


Here they are after warming up:

Blue Cross Mood Struck

Three (second from top) is the dud in this group; the difference between the warm and cool colors is so slight as to be nearly nonexistent. My favorite, of course, is Nine, the purple/pink at the bottom, but the remaining two do have nice color changes as well. I haven't seen the new Claire's mood polishes in person yet, but Eight (at the top) seems like it might be the same as Excited/Bored.

Here are the cool-toned ones:

Blue Cross Mood Struck

Left to right: Five, Six, Eleven, Four.


I didn't manage to get a decent picture of these cold, but here they are warm:

Blue Cross Mood Struck

Top to bottom: Five, Six, Eleven, Four.


As discussed yesterday, Five appears to be a dupe for Claire's Happy/Earthy. The other three also look like Claire's dupes to me: Six resembles Peaceful/Confident, with its very slight color change; Eleven looks like the new Flirty/Shy, and Four (a microglitter) seems to be the same as Wild/Calm.

Finally, here are the lightest and softest shades:

Blue Cross Mood Struck

Left to right: Ten, Fourteen, Twelve, Thirteen.


Cold:

Blue Cross Mood Struck

Top to bottom: Ten, Fourteen, Twelve, Thirteen.


Warm:

Blue Cross Mood Struck

Ten and Fourteen are both shimmers, with Ten being slightly more on the frosty end of the spectrum. At first, I thought Fourteen might be the same as Claire's new Awesome/Silly (awesome is a mood now?), but after studying pictures, this one is paler than the Claire's pink. Twelve and Thirteen have the same micro glitter finish as Thirteen. All four of this group have decent color changes, with Ten and Thirteen being somewhat subtle but still visible.

After I did these swatches, I did a test with different top coats to see what effects that might have on the mood changy-ness. For the swatches above, I used Sally Hansen Mega Shine. In my test, I compared that to OPI Top Coat, Sally Hansen Insta Dri, and OPI Rapid Dry. The only difference I found is that with the quick dry ones, the color changed showed up faster, but once they were all dry, I couldn't see any difference in how they reacted. Here's a pic when the quick dries were dry and the other two were still thinking about it:

Blue Cross Mood Struck

Top to bottom: SH Mega Shine, OPI Top Coat, SH Insta Dri, OPI Rapid Dry.


I had such fun playing with these that I decided to wear Ten as my work mani this week; I'll have a wear report after I take it off (probably Saturday). Also, I think fun should be shared, so look for a contest announcement later today in a separate entry.

17 comments:

  1. I really like all of them..I wonder if any drug stores by me will be getting these. My wallet is hoping for no, I am hoping for YES!

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  2. These are neat. I really like alot of them ;)

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  3. What a great selection! There are a few duds but most of them are cute and worth a try - thanks for sharing!

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  4. that is sooo interesting!! very cute!!! they are soooo bright! love them!

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  5. Those are great! Hope to find a way to get to them. ^^

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  6. Woohoo thank you for all the pictures and swatches!

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  7. I wish I could buy those here, they look great!

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  8. they are gorgeous- i had so much fun with the ones we swapped and some look like the new ones from claire's ^^

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  9. ooh I can't believe there are more of these fun polishes.. I just got claire's mood calm wild yesterday.. and I was having WAY to much fun.. !
    ooh i love that there are more colors!

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  10. I absolutely love these, but we don't have Meijer here. I hope these show up some where else because I'd probably get all of them :P

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  11. OOhh my gosh. *Jaw drops to floor* The colors look so good. I wish I walked into a a display like this...oohh my gosh

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  12. so cool :) I love these polishes, some of those are for sure dupes of the Claire's ones, I think you are right about them having the same manufacturer. Still fun though :)

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  13. I like number Eight the best,but I don't expect to find these in my area.

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  14. I had no idea these were floating in the lacquer world. Coolness. Some of the colors look like dupes to Claire's mood and others are totally original. Makes me think tho.

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  15. That display is deceiving! Cool polishes--I 'll be on the lookout.

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  16. Cute cute! Love them! <3 I don't know why in my country doesn't sell so many beautiful polishes. :/ I have just one and I really love it! <3

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  17. I love these!! :) Those soft shades are beautiful, colour change or no! (Thank God that it's the latter)

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