Tuesday, August 23, 2016

OPI Washington DC Collection Comparisons

I have comparisons for the OPI Washington DC Collection for you! 

If you haven't seen my full review and live swatch video for this entire collection, click on the link below! This video allows you to see the formulas of each polish and their application.

Pale to the Chief- a warm nude polish with a slight silver shimmer pearl with great formula.

The closest nude I have to this by OPI is My Vampire is Buff which is quite a bit lighter. I checked PTTC next to Salmon Sand in the store and the color is almost exactly the same but SS doesn't have that the pearly shimmer like PTTC does. 

Freedom of Peach- a browny peach. Such a unique color. I really love this one!

Comparisons from L to R: Where Did Suzi's Man-go?, Freedom of Peach and Taj Ma Haul. Orange is so hard to photograph, but WDSMG is much more of a true bright orange. TMH9 which just came out this summer) has that same browned out tone.

Here are Freedom of Peach and Taj Ma Haul together on the nails. They are pretty much identical FOP is just a touch darker. TMH has a thicker formula (that is easy to work with) and FOP is more of a crelly. Both are opaque in two easy coats. Can't lose with either one. :) Can't wait to wear this one this fall.

Never a Dulles Moment- a toned down mustard shade. (It shows up much brighter in pictures). A favorite of mine.

Here it is compared to I Just Can't Cope-acabana (left).

 And here is a better comparison on the nails. You can really see the mustard shade when compared to IJCC. Yellow isn't a favorite polish color for me, but this is one I will certainly wear. So pretty!

Yank My Doodle- a browny orange mauve. No other way to explain this one except unique and gorgeous! One of my favorites from the collection.

The only polish I had that came close to Yank My Doodle is Gouda Gouda Two Shoes. They definitely share the same color tone, but YMD is a few shades darker. GGTS also has some copper shimmer and YMD is a straight up creme. 

Squeaker of the House- a creamy chocolate brown. One of my favorite type of shades. Why do I love browns so much? Anyone else with me?!

Have you seen this shade before by OPI? Yes you have, at least one that's very, very close. You Don't Know Jacques (a cult favorite) is a touch darker and a touch more cool toned. (Basically the same though)

Close up you can really see the very slight difference. While both apply well, they do have different formulas, YDKJ is a crelly and SOTH is a true creme. 

Madame President- a bright raspberry shade with impeccable formula.

Comparisons from L to R: She's a Bad Muffaletta, Madame President and Essie Raspberry. It's much more purple toned than the newly released SABM and not quite as purple toned as Raspberry (but close). I compared it to other OPI's in the store which I don't have and it came closestest to Koala Berry, but they still aren't exact. Really though, a color this shade isn't too unique or too hard to find. But, this one has exceptional formula!

Here we are taking a closer look with it next to Essie's Raspberry. I love both!

OPI By Popular Vote- a cooler toned dusty berry shade with exceptional formula.

When looking at the colors in the bottles, this one looks super close to the one just below (We the Female), but WTF dries down a touch darker. 

We The Female- a rich but dusty burgundy shade with perfect formula.

Comparisons from L to R: OPI By Popular Vote, Just Lanai-ing Around and We The Female. I was surprised to find that I didn't have any polishes close to these. I have berry shades, but not ones with the dusty quality these both share, which made me love them even more. So pretty!

I added a few berry shades I have to the ends so you can see the comparisons. On the very left is All I Want For Christmas (is OPI) and on the very right is Miami Beet. Obviously not even close. Love the dustiness of the new berry colors!

CIA= Color is Awesome- A gorgeous dusky blue teal with fantastic formula.

It really isn't too hard to find a color like this one in any nail polish line. It is a very pretty shade though. Here it is compared to Couture Covet by CND (one of my favorite fall picks from last year). CIA has a much better formula in my opinion. And Essie's The Perfect Cover Up is just slightly dustier. I don't have Ski Teal We Drop, but I imagine it's pretty close to that previously released polish from OPI.

Stay Off the Lawn- a dusky teal green with fantastic formula. Another one of my favorites from the collection.

I thought for sure it was exactly the same as Amazon...Amazoff, one of my favorite shades. As you can see Stay Off the Lawn is more green toned and AA is more blue toned. They are pretty close though.

And with a closer look you can see that they are the same shade with a slightly different color tone. I think I like SOTL better and it seems to stain less than AA. (Although they both have the potential to stain.)

Suzi- The First Lady of Nails- A dusty swampy green with fantastic formula. I love, love, love this one! Ugh I want to wear it right now! Definitely a favorite of mine, but I do love green :).

Comparisons from L to R: Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window, Suzi-The First Lady of Nails and Zoya Hunter. STFLON has the same color tone of UORDTW but is much darker. And, it is much more yellow toned than Hunter

Close up of these two together. Gorgeous!

Shh...It's Top Secret- a rich dark brown with fantastic formula. Another favorite of mine.

If you have stuck with me for a while you know I love How Great is Your Dane (left) and it's the perfect dark brown, but look how light it looks compared to SITS. Wow.

Here they are close up and I added in Lincoln Park After Dark which is richer (almost black) and has more of a purple undertone. I will take them all please :).

*Special Edition Polishes*

"Liv" In The Gray- a dark gray with a slight green undertone with fantastic formula.

It's not too hard to find a polish this shade either. I do love that it has a slight green tone to it which you can see compared to Strong Coal-ition.

Kerry Washington- a bright rich plum with fantastic formula.

Comparison from L to R: Kerry Washington and Skating on Thin Iceland. While SOTI has a slightly cooler tone, they are pretty much dupes. If you don't have a color this shade pick up KW, the formula is better, which is hard to believe because SOTI has a pretty great formula too.

A closer look.

Inside the ISABELLEtway- a caramel creme with fantastic formula.

It's very close to ZOYA's Chanelle but more warm toned. In 2014 I choose Chanelle over OPI's Ice-bergers and Fries (from the Nordic collection), so I imagine ITI is very close to that OPI polish.

Whew that's a lot of polishes and I can honestly say I love all of them with the exception of the nude shade. (I am pretty picky when it comes to nude polish). Which ones do you think you might pick up? I would love to know! I don't think you can go wrong with any of them.

-Go Polished

Monday, August 8, 2016

My Nail Polish Storage...Then and Now

Since I started my blog and YouTube channel almost a year ago, my polish collection has been growing quickly. Even before my collection has grown, I have always liked to have my polishes organized. I have had many different storing options along the way. Most recently I wanted to store them in a way I can easily see the colors and options I have to do nail art, comparisons or reviews.

When I first started buying polish I had just enough to fit in a make-up bag (similar to the picture below) and it worked well for me. My bag easily fit in a drawer or under my bathroom sink.

I eventually out grew the makeup bag and searched for a bigger option. I discovered this Sterilite container from Target and it was the perfect solution for me at the time. 

I think this system works so well and is probably the most practical for the average polish lover, not the crazy collector I have turned into :). 

It's just the right height for all shapes and sizes of nail polish bottles. You could also find some dividers for these containers as well to keep it organized by brand or color. I love the how the lid clamps on tight as well. (I do not recommend carrying this tote around by the handle when it's full of polish though, it isn't able to hold all the weight and you might find a big mess on your hands.)

Eventually I needed another one ( (sigh)I know... I have issues... and it only gets worse). So I bought another one :). The handy thing about these containers is that they connect to each other! And, hooked together they took up less space and I could easily tuck them in my bathroom closet or under my bed. I highly recommend them!! I still use them to store my drug store polishes and my gel/shellac polishes. They are also perfect for me to take on our extended family vacations if we want to have a fun girls nail night (which happens frequently). I just throw in polish, brushes, remover, files, vinyls and sponges and I am on my way.

And then I had to eventually move on from those, which was a little sad because I loved them. But, I needed to have my polishes more visible and more within reach.

I then stored my polish on some shelves on in my closet for quite some time but the shelves were deep and dark and it was frustrating at times to see what I had so I started to look for another option again yet again.

I considered buying acrylic racks, but didn't want them hanging on my wall and didn't want to pay the money (need to save it for more polish ;)Ha!) My boys have a tall bookcase from IKEA that we bought several years ago and I considered just using it, but there was too much space between each shelf and the shelves were deep. My husband had a fantastic idea. He suggested that we add more shelves to it and add a turntable to the base so it could spin. That way I could have access to more polish. Brilliant! Here is the bookcase in it's original form...(I tried to find the link from IKEA and couldn't find it, so I am not sure if they carry it anymore). Here is one similar at Walmart.

After doing some research online I found that a turntable bearing is pretty inexpensive. The one I purchased on Amazon here can hold up to 1000lbs! It really would be so simple to add this to the base of any bookcase if you want one that spins. :)

But, my husband is pretty handy and likes a good challenge and after some brainstorming he thought it would be nice to have the top spin and bottom two shelves remain stationary to give it more stability since it's so tall. So after cutting the whole thing in two and a few hours of work, here is the finished project...

It's perfect! I LOVE that I can spin it to see the other side and I LOVE that I have more shelves with just enough space to see polishes in the middle. 

And here it is spinning!!

Now let's take a closer look...

The front:

My Essie and OPI Collection take one shelf each and I also have China Glaze and ZOYA on this side. Oh look I still have more room for more Essie's ;)!

The baskets below contain lotion, polish remover, sharpies, nail stickers and vinyls, files, cotton rounds and many other nail supplies I have.

And the back after spining the top...

I have my ORLY, Defy & Inspire and Butter London collections on this side.

This basket has new polishes I have picked up over the last 8 months that I need to still need to give attention to :/. Who wants a haul video for Essie, ZOYA, OPI, Loreal, Sinful Colors or ORLY?!

I use these handy dandy glass containers on the top shelf for new collections I new to swatch or review. See that right there? That's the new OPI Fall Collection!

And in this smaller one are the new Essie Couture polishes! I  think I have 6 so far and am loving them! I use a ball jar for my brushes and tools. And here are books I am currently reading or going to read soon. Love!

Thanks for visiting! Let me know how you store your polish! Also let me know if you want a tutorial for the shelf! I took step by step pictures, but don't want to take the time to do it if no one is interested :).

-Go Polished