This polish isn't yucky; it applied smoothly and took only two coats. As often is the case this time of year, the bubbles you may notice are due to the conditions in which I applied it, not any problem with the polish itself. In my more ridiculous moments, I wonder if Mr. Karen would agree to let me air condition our little garden shed so I could do my swatching out there in the summer. A long extension cord, a window unit, and a saw would be all I'd need. Surely the acetone and other chemical fumes would keep down the spiders and insects that now rule that space.
I chose Creamy Olive from the display because it was the most unusual color of the bunch. What I didn't remember at the time I grabbed was that it's not so unusual in the wider world of recent polish releases. Without looking very hard at all, I found three possible dupes in my stash: Sinful Seaweed, OPI Stranger Tides, and Essie Da Bush.
All of these only needed two coats, so no difference there. In color, well, see for yourself:
There are subtle differences among these, the Essie being a touch more blue being the most noticeable. Seaweed and Creamy Olive are perhaps a tad darker than Stranger Tides, too, but not so you'd really notice unless you were staring hard at them in the right light. If I ever get around to paring down my stash, I'll probably keep the Essie, because that touch of blue makes it a bit more flattering on me, and the Sally Hansen, because I only need one of the less blue trio and I like that bottle the best of them, with its iridescent circles on the label.
When I went to put these bottles back after swatching, I discovered another lightish murky olive hiding in the Helmer: Revlon Moss, one of the minis from the two sets they released this past spring. Since I hadn't yet taken off the other greens, I put Moss on my thumb to see how it compared. Answer: it's darker. Not by much, though.
In other news, I got so many comments on the Graphite vs. Carbonite post that I was inspired to do my first impromptu giveaway. I'd bought an extra bottle of Carbonite thinking I'd make it part of a prize for some future contest but decided not to wait to send it on to a new home. I used random.org to choose a number from 1 to the number of comments, and the winner was Megan from Kitschy Suburbia.