Thursday, April 5, 2012

Orly Jealous Much Comparison

I think we've established that I have plenty of mint green cremes (see Wheel D and Wheel F2 for examples). Thus my purchase of Orly Jealous Much, the mint green creme from this spring's Cool Romance collection, might seem puzzling, but we've also established that I can justify pretty much any purchase from one of my usual suppliers (I have not yet crossed the line into paying huge markups for HTFs on auction sites and such, so I do have some self control). In this case, the points in favor of getting it were: I got a price break on the boxed set of the whole collection, Orly is one of my favorite brands/bottles, and of course there's always "I will do a comparison and help people with their own purchasing decisions".

Here's Jealous Much on its own. Not surprisingly for a lightish creme, it took three coats for full coverage and settling. It dries with a pretty good shine, too, though if I were wearing this for a full mani of course I'd use topcoat because I just can't go back to waiting ages for a mani to dry. For the longest time, I avoided using quick dry top coat because I'd read in some magazine that those types of topcoats chipped faster. Perhaps that was a lie or perhaps formulas improved since that was written, because once I got my first week's wear out of a quick dry topcoat I have not looked back. Sorry I got distracted there; back to the mint. Here's the Orly:





I held my nails up next to the different tips on the mint wheels and pulled out the two that seemed closest in hue to the Orly: American Apparel Office and China Glaze Re-fresh Mint.



The other two mints were also three coaters. Office is really close to Jealous Much; it's just an eeensy bit darker but not so much that I could say which was which once my hand got more than a foot from my face. Re-freshmint is noticeably lighter than the other two but even that difference is on the subtle side. Top to bottom below—Office, Jealous Much, Re-fresh Mint.



Left to right below—Jealous Much, Re-fresh Mint, Office, Jealous Much.



I can make a case for needing both the China Glaze and one of the other two if you're a mint green lover, but even I can't defend having both the Orly and the American Apparel. The Orly is my pick of the two because the bottle feels sturdier (and it definitely holds more), the handle is easier to grip, and I'm more comfortable with Orly's marketing materials. Sure, the model on the Cool Romance display doesn't appear to be wearing pants, but it's not sleazy in any way.



At some point, I hope to swatch the others in this collection but so many other things have arrived in my stash recently (okay, they arrived because I bought them) I'm not sure when that might happen. If you've got particular polishes or comparisons you're interested in seeing before this collection sells out, let me know in the comments.

26 comments:

  1. I'd be interested to see how Prelude to a Kiss compares to the Essie A Crewed Interest.

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  2. It's, well they all are gorgeous mints, hmmm I only own 1 mint, I guess that's a mistake :)

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  3. Hurray for justification! Its a talent you know, it goes right along with new math, and colour identification. :)

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  4. Out of these three I only have Re-fresh Mint. I wanted it for a long time, but now that I have it I'm shocked by the lousy formula and bubbling.

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  5. lovely colors, i love pastels :-D

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  6. I think Re-fresh mint is my favorite of the three, but they're all very similar.

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  7. I love this! I have a lot of mints but nothing this green.

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  8. I love it when "things arrive to our stashes"! I use to say that things get sticked (stuck?) to my fingers!

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  9. All of those are lovely mints! Great comparisons! :D

    ~ Yun

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  10. I love Orly polish as well. I'm waiting for someone to do a comparison between China Glaze Peace On Earth and Agro-can you oblige me?

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    1. Fingers, even though neither of those is in this Orly collection, I will do that comp for you because I am nice. :) Look for Agro vs. Peace on Earth next week sometime.

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  11. YES! I can knock Office off my list! I have the ChG one but they are different enough that I am ok with it lol.

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  12. I wonder how these minty greens compare to Finger Paints Choco Mint from the Gumballs line? That's the mint I bought at the Sally Beauty B2G1 nail polish sale this week. I wanted to compare it in the bottle with Orly's Jealous Much?, but they were sold out of it.

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    1. Inky Whiskers, I have Choco Mint so will do a comp of that and Jealous Much as soon as I can.

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  13. They are all pretty and I can totally see why you would need all 3. This is one of those colors I have quite a few of as well!

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  14. I have been more of a dark polish girl but have been trying on lighter hues lately. I don't think I have that much pastels in my stash, particularly mints. I have seen the Cool Romance collection from Orly here but haven't been enticed to buy or try them. After reading this post and seeing those swatches, I think it would be great for future nail designs. :)

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  15. I now need this polish. Thanks for enabling me. :D I have Prelude to a Kiss and I want to get most of the rest of this collection.

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  16. I can most definitely see the need for both the orly and china glaze, and now I need them, I like how you pointed out she had no pants! Lol

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  17. So pretty, I've been pondering my desire for more light greens, but I'm thinking I need to go after a more pistachio green rather than a mint green since I already have one. Although this is incredibly tempting.

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  18. They are different, even in a subtle way (but don't show the picture to my husband, he will just see a "light green")!
    LOL for things that "arrive in our stashes" :-P

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  19. Wow, thanks for this post, Karen! If I didn't already have Office, I would've grabbed the Orly. But this is good to know. :)

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  20. Lovely color! I like the comparisons :)

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Thank you for reading and commenting! I greatly appreciate knowing I'm not just talking to myself here. :)