Anne was one of the polishes that won in the same Rescue Beauty Lounge Bring it Back vote that brought me Locavore. Sometime after people started getting their orders from that batch of releases, I heard some rumblings that at least one person who'd missed Anne in the original release and bought a bottle from the re-release thought that the new version didn't look like some of the promo pictures for the original version and wondered if there was a problem. Given how many polishes do change from batch to batch, I understand that completely. I, being not entirely of sound mind when it comes to buying nail polish, had a backup of original Anne so was able to swap that for a new one (having used the bottle I bought in the re-release as the non-glitter prize in my holiday givewaway) and thus satisfy my curiosity about this issue, which is how it came to pass that I compared Anne to Anne.
They look pretty darn similar in the bottles, as one would expect. Original Anne is on the left, new Anne on the right. (The new bottles have a code printed on the glass near the bottom in the back.)
Here's a close up of original Anne:
And new Anne:
At some angles, in some lights, I could get new Anne to look duller than the original (new on the right):
But then I'd change the angle a bit and they'd look like twins again:
As we know, polish in the bottle is not necessarily a good indication of what it'll look like on the nail, so I stopped twirling the bottles this way and that and instead twisted off those caps and put one of the Annes on two fingers and the other on two other fingers. Can you tell which is which?
Top to bottom, that's original, new, original, and new; two coats of each.
Since the nature of shimmers usually shows up better in sunlight, I took myself outside. Since it's winter, the sun was not exactly blazing, but I was lucky to get any sun at all.
Here's one of the most illuminated shots I got; new Anne on the left, original Anne on the right.
Still outside, here's new Anne on top and original Anne on the bottom:
And finally the same two fingers with the focus shifted—new Anne in focus on top and original Anne blurred on the bottom.
I don't see a difference between these two. Being shimmers, they do both change as the light they're in and the angle they're being viewed at changes, but if I hadn't taken notes about which was new and which was old, I couldn't have written this entry because I wouldn't know how to label the photos. In fact, at one point, I got the bottles mixed up and had a moment of panic before I remembered the printed numbers on the new one.
Congratulations to Ji Baek on her quality control. If she'd made My Private Jet, I bet we wouldn't have four or five or seven versions like we've gotten from OPI.