Saturday, September 25, 2010

Green Shimmer Comparison

Comparison time!


Four nice green shimmers. Illamasqua and Essence are the most opaque - one coat would be enough for some. China Glaze is close too, but the definite loser in the opacity category is Dickweed with 3 coats (for an OK opacity). I used 2 coats of each on the photo below, except for Dickwed (3 coats).


I said that Illamasqua Viridian might be my new favorite green shimmer. And today I found out - it's not. Essence All Access still kicks all the green shimmers' asses. Still, All Access is the closest shade to Viridian in my collection. It appears to be a tad darker than Viridian, but the shimmer pops out better.


And for all of you, who were wondering about Viridian and Emerald Fitzgerald: they're not dupes and don't even look that close. Viridian has a blackened green base with a lot of green shimmer. Emerald Fitzgerald, on the other hand, has a dark blue-ish green base with green shimmer and silver specks. This one is frost, although it doesn't streak. I'll let the photo speak for itself.


So, what do you think?

Thanks for looking!

16 comments:

  1. I'd choose essense from these all, too. I love that glowing effect coloured shimmer in a black base makes. The more contrast, the better, too. BTW, EF looks more teal...

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  2. Great comparison :)
    I'm still missing my greens...just re-ordered my VV's and forgot to order EF...
    The post service definitely lost them the 1st time I ordered them 3 months ago...ugh

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  3. They're all pretty :D But Essence and Illamasqua look really close to each other.

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  4. Essence is definitely my favorite from these four! Thanks for comparing; I was curious if that Illamasqua had any dupes...guess so! Kinda..haha

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  5. Uuuu super primerjava!
    Sem cisto ponosna na moj All Access, da se lahko primerja z Illamasqua krasnim lakcem! :)
    Tnx*

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  6. I do like the look of the Essence very much, but I think I can manage with only having Emerald Fitzgerald.

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  7. I do have all acces in my collection.
    was thinking to give it away but after your nice
    swatches i think not

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  8. wow,great colors,love all of them ;-)

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  9. I agree. Essence kicks ass. Although Dickweed looks amazing too

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  10. I have Emerald Fitzgerald, so I'm happy. But I'd get the Dickweed just because of the name. :O

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  11. Woah, they are all pretty similar. Technically no one would be able to tell the difference in real life. lol

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  12. Thanks so much for comparing! I wanted the Illamasqua one but Essence is cheaper and easier for me to find so I'm really happy!

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  13. I like the Essence one the best and it has nothing to do with money because they don't have it here

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  14. I really don't see much of a difference between Emerald Fitgerald & Viridian. Glad I have the China Glaze. It will save me money!

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  15. I hope you don't mind comments on old posts?

    I just wanted to say that I prefer the Essence too, and think it's amazing that the cheap polish kicks the ass of the more expensive polish.

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  16. Of course I don't mind, Donna! =) I'm happy to see comments, no matter how old the post is.

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