Thursday, February 23, 2012

Essie Navigate Her and An Alternative

I mentioned last week that the polish in Essie's spring collection this year which caught my eye was the green, Navigate Her. Well, it didn't take many exposures to that display for me to pick up that green and bring her home with me. It applied so nicely in two coats and even though the color does bring out the rosy glow in my skintone (a.k.a. "lobster hands") it makes me happy. This kind of green, light and yellow toned, is so spring-like and makes me think of the trees when they first leaf out and the shoots of perennial flowers poking up through the soil (if not for perennials, I'd have no flowers in my yard at all).





Since I like this shade of green so much, I also picked up Olympia from the Sinful Colors Cast Away display. Someone less driven to find out for herself just how similar the two colors were might have been happy to just hold the bottles side by side in the store and choose one to bring home, but I had to have them both, especially since the Sinful is only $1.99.



In the photo below, I've got Essie on two nails and Sinful on two (and still have not figured out how to hold two bottles at once and look good doing it).



Both of these were two coats, though the Sinful was a bit harder to apply since it was more goopy. On my nails above, top to bottom, it's Essie, Sinful, Essie, Sinful. Below, Sinful on top, Essie on the bottom.



The Sinful is just a touch more vibrant, but you have to look really closely to see that difference. Since I like the Essie bottle and formula more, I'm planning to keep that one, but if I hadn't already bought the Essie, I think I'd be happy with the Sinful (once I added some thinner).

On another note, when I first saw the Sinful Cast Away display, some of the colors reminded me of their pirate-themed collection from last year. For the light green at least, I was way off. Here's Olympia on the right and Seaweed on the left; Seaweed is much cooler toned and more dusty.



What do you think about spring greens on your nails? Have you already picked up one (or both) of these?

34 comments:

  1. I like these colours, they remind me of Easter.

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  2. I love spring green polish! I was going to pick up Navigate Her but it was out at both of the drugstores around here. I'll be stalking them for the rest of the week now!

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  3. I love them!!
    So nice for spring and summer!

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  4. love spring time greens!! i think they can be hard for me to wear! they just never look right but in your pics they look fab!!

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  5. I absolutely love this color! I think I would go with the Essie.

    I picked up my very first Sinful polish yesterday, Mint Apple. I haven't actually used it yet, but while playing with it on a napkin (lol), my first thought was "goopy"! So funny that you described this one that way as well.

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  6. I like this green. It's so fresh! I thought it was the most interesting colour of that collection as well :)

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  7. I decided against this one because I felt like it was too yellow for me, but I really like it on you!

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  8. Now I need Olympia!
    Thank you for the great comp!!

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  9. I love these greens! Navigate Her is on my wishlist :)

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  10. KarenD,

    Thanks for the comparison. Navigate Her is absolutely lovely. Would be a great spring-summer addition:)

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  11. Great alternative. They look very similar:)

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  12. Navigate her is a wonderfull color !!!

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  13. Thanks for this comparison. Tomorrow I have a comparison with Navigate Her and two other 2012 spring greens - but I'm happy with all 3 of them :)

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  14. its a very nice shade.. and wow those are very close...

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  15. The difference in the two is miminal, I agree. Is Olympia close to Essie Da Bush as it looks close...maybe lighter as I'm not good with comparisons! But based on this display and the new SH, it sure does seem green is going to be a popular colour this spring/summer!

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  16. The Essie one is so cute! I fell in love with the collection at the first glance :)

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  17. wow they are really dupes! great find.

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  18. love it, this color really calling for spring :-D

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  19. Woohoo, thanks for this! Sinful Colors it is! :)

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  20. I live in Olympia, WA so I DEFINITELY need Sinful Colors Olympia!

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  21. I'm wearing Navigate Her right now and it's such a great spring shade. Looks good on you! Not lobstery at all!
    Also, thanks for the comparison. I love to see them, it puts everything into perspective ;)

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  22. That was awsome thanks for the review I'm cheap and easy, I think I'll go for the Sinful one ;)

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  23. Beautiful greens ^_^ and useful comparison (they are quite close), even if I think the lobster effect on me would be much more evident :-/

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  24. Thank you Navigate Her was on my list but Sinfuls will do just fine at the lower price.

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  25. I like the shade too. Both polishes look nice on you.

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  26. Ohmygoodness, thank you so much for this comparison, it's going to save me some money!

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  27. Navigate her is definitely on my list of polishes to get! They look great on you!

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  28. Oh how I want this essie and the Orange one!!!! Haven't found them at my target yet- but havent looked to hard either! I usually just order what I want online!

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  29. Wow they are very close but I do see the difference, I've grabbed and put back a few from this collection, I hope to get them eventually.

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  30. Hmm, I might go for the Sinful Colors one instead! It looks to be pretty darn close.

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  31. I have the Essie and want to love it but like you said, gives me lobster hands also. It's not just the hue but the chalky in this and others that give me that lobster hands look. It's almost impossible for me to wear powder blues also on nails - but I can wear both this green and powder blues for clothing - go figure. Thanks for the comparison...I need to find a new home for this Essie and about 200 other I won't ever use shades in my stash.

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