Approximately four thousand years ago when I swatched Orly Jealous Much, Inky Whiskers asked how it compared to Finger Paints Choco Mint. Okay, it wasn't quite that long ago, but it feels like it. Today I finally have the answer to that question. First, though, I'll show you Choco Mint on its own. This was part of the Spring 2012 Gumdrops & Lollipops collection; I haven't seen it at my Sally Beauty store recently but it's still shown on the Sally Beauty website, unhelpfully listed as "in stores only" (thanks, Lola for pointing that out to me). I used two coats of this (no topcoat for these swatches); I thought that was quite good for a pale-ish creme like this.
And here's Choco Mint (top, 2 coats) next to Orly Jealous Much (bottom, 3 coats):
As you see, Choco Mint is darker and more blue-toned than Jealous Much. Another view, left to right—Orly, Finger Paints, Orly, Finger Paints:
Because these two weren't a match, I visited the minty green wing of my nail polish museum to see if I could find something closer. I selected Essie Turquoise & Caicos and Models Own Jade Stone to come to the swatching room.
Top to bottom below—Essie (3 coats), Finger Paints (still 2 coats), Models Own (2 coats):
The Essie is a pretty good match colorwise to the Finger Paints; it's just a bit darker. The Models Own is brighter and a tad more yellow-toned than the other two. Here they are again, left to right—Models Own, Finger Paints, Essie, Finger Paints:
Of the four polishes featured today, I can only make a case for keeping three of them. I don't need both the Finger Paints and the Essie. Which to save? I like the Essie bottle better, but it needed three coats to Finger Paints' two. As Ursula the sea witch says, life is full of tough choices.