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{January 31, 2015}   Swatch Saturday: Polish Wars Part 1: Starry Night Polishes

Hi, my name is Jenny and I’m addicted to nail polish.

I don’t own as much as probably some nail bloggers do, but I own more than anyone else I know (probably combined).  I recently re-organized my bathroom vanity (…again) and took a look at my Melmers, and decided it was time to get rid of some things.  I mean, I own so many, and so many of them I never even wear.  Why hold on to them?  I told my sister I’d give the extras to her, and she’s psyched.

Anyway, so I’m starting a new Swatch Saturday series that will continue for the foreseeable future: Polish Wars!  That’s a way fun name for me just comparing similar polishes and deciding which ones stay and which ones go.  Polish Death Match?  Polish Cagematch?  Nah, I like Polish Wars the best.

I’m starting with my “starry night” polishes.  Do you remember the frenzy a few years ago for Chanel Ciel de Nuit and, after that, Essie Starry Starry Night?  I don’t own either of those (boo!) but I do have a few dupes and comparables because I love the idea of a night sky on my fingertips!

So here are the five we’re looking at today:

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From left to right: Cirque Tibetan Nights, China Glaze Dorothy Who?, Bonne Bell Nail Gear Scandal, CM Midnight Imposter, and Maybelline Zip Fly.  They are all various shades of deep blue with glitter added.

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In the sun.  Pinky: Maybelline Zip Fly, Ring: CM Midnight Imposter, Middle: Nail Gear Scandal, Index: China Glaze Dorothy Who?, and Thumb: Cirque Tibetan Nights.

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Cirque Tibetan Nights.  Okay, let’s deal with the elephant in the room first: my cuticles look awful.  So dry!  I didn’t even notice till I did these close ups.  So now they’re soaking in a mixture of CND solar oil and German Nivea.  Anyway, Tibetan Nights is a medium deep blue with silver glitter and some bar glitter, which makes it look like shooting stars.  Three coats.  I don’t think it’s a dupe for either Chanel or Essie, but I love this one all the same.

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China Glaze Dorothy Who?  This is the palest of these “night sky” polishes.  It’s a lighter blue jelly packed with tons of sparkles.  Three coats.  To be honest, not my favorite.  I thought the color looked darker in the bottle.

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Nail Gear Scandal.  Very similar in shade to Tibetan Nights, except without the bar glitter.  For an ancient polish, it applied great.  Three coats.  I like this one.

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CM Midnight Imposter.  Dark navy blue with silver and blue glitter.  For my money, based on pictures, it’s the closest to a dead-on dupe of Essie SSN.  Three coats, but I could’ve gotten away with two.  It’s all right.  I’ll probably keep it.

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Maybelline Zip Fly.  Another dark navy-ish with silver glitter.  This one is going.  It’s all right, but I don’t like navy that much, and it’s tricky to apply.

So our results: I’m keeping Tibetan Nights and Scandal, definitely.  I’m on the fence about Dorothy Who? and Midnight Imposter; they’ll probably go into my little box of maybes for a bit to see if I end up missing them.  Zip Fly is definitely on its way out though.

Happy Saturday!

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