So I thought this was going to be a normal week of polishes from my stash and I was going to continue with that but then I got my samples from Rainbow Honey's latest and greatest "Summer of 199X" collection and I'll be featuring that starting tomorrow! But onwards with today and today is Cheap Polish Tuesday where we explore and discover polishes that are found on sale or regular price for a price of $5 or less! I've got another one from Icing by Claire's much in the same tune as last week's. Again, the price of these guys are $4.50 for my southern US neighbours and $5 on the Cheap Polish Tuesday mark for my fellow Canadian homies. They also sport a regular promotion where if you buy one, you get another for 50% off.
So today I've got Icing By Claire's Mint Choco Chip which might LOOK FAMILIAR? Illamasqua Mottle, sort of right? I'll post the photos after the Mint Choco Chip jump but asides that, it is a mint green creme jelly that has solid black micro glitter and sparse hex glitters. Formula wise, it's awesome! Full coverage in two coats, and a no mess application. Here's my swatch:
I love it. Especially for the price, it was so worth it. Now while I don't own the Illamasqua Mottle to do a direct comparison, I think Mottle maintains a mint tone, but is slightly warmer and yellow tone leaning than Icing by Claire's Mint Choco Chip. So as it turns out - the two aren't dupes! (Just recalling from memory here.) Here's Illamasqua Mottle in case you've forgotten (you can read the full review here):
(Waaah, I miss my long nails, haha!)
And another thing...
I talked about photos in my post yesterday about revealing how the polish compares to my Asian skin tone. (Read more details here.) I am actually going to continue with this for the next little while until I either get sick of it or once I gain a decent consensus on what my readers (if any, har har) think. So again, here's how Mint Choco Chip compares to my Asian skin tone:
And as a bonus, here's Icing by Claire's Matte Top Coat. I think it's not that good:
So far, I am gathering that most people are favouring seeing my skin tone with the polish. I dubbed my regular photos the "dead hand photos" because the skin tone is fairly lifeless and desaturated with my natural yellow skin tones bleached out by a colder biased white balance. Again, please let me know your thoughts of whether or not I should keep the regular first set, the "skin tone" set (wish I had a better name for them), or if I should just go crazy and do both.
Just to clarify - I am not skewing the colours at all, and both sets are actually "colour accurate". The first set is what everything looks like under the purest white light. The second set is what it would look like in more "natural" light conditions. What do you prefer?
What do you think of Icing by Claire's Mint Choco Chip? Now that you've seen both polishes, would you splurge for the Illamasqua? Or will the Icing by Claire's suffice for your ice cream polish cravings? We'll meet again tomorrow with some swatches from Rainbow Honey!