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Minced mermaids!

Back when I was getting acrylics (which I wore for 3+ years!) OPI’s Catch Me In Your Net was my favourite shade in my nail tech’s collection. The first time I wore it I excitedly told her it looked like minced up mermaids, and the name stuck. So a few months ago I decided to try to buy this shade that was so pivotal in beginning my polish obsession. It’s a teal blue jelly base packed full of blue and green micro-glitter and gold foil flakes. Super glittery and eye-catching. I wore this mani about a month ago (am playing catch-up).

The problem was that Catch Me In Your Net is a limited edition and near impossible to buy. Occasionally you can find it for $$ on ebay. Yeah nah. So I did some searching and discovered that it is but one of many dupes (a then-unknown term to me). There is OPI Catch Me In Your Net, Zoya Charla (the original I believe), Orly Halley’s Comet, Essence Choose Me!, Jesse’s Girl Glee, Accessorize Mermaid, NYX Girls Sea of Cortez, and a near-dupe in Wet n Wild Teal of Fortune. So, lots of choices and a lesson in looking for dupes if you have your eye on a hard to get or expensive shade made by one particular brand. I ended up buying NYX Girls Sea of Cortez from BeautyJoint.com (misnamed here as Sea of Glitter, but the polish code is NGP200).

Two of many... (Sea of Cortez is on the left and the right.) Image source.

I was very chuffed! One of my original favourite shades, for a fraction of the limited OPI price! They’re identical and the NYX Girls formula is just as easy to work with. And the price difference? Well let’s just say Sea of Cortez set me back US$1.99 (excluding shipping with other polishes). I layered 2 coats of it over China Glaze Liquid Leather (black) to give it a slightly darker background flash at the edges of the nail than it usually has. It works great as a layering polish in general as well as becoming fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats. The finish is very foil-like and is easily smoothed out with a couple of layers of top coat. I fell in love with it all over again!

Bright indoor halogen lighting.

Deliberately blurred to show the glitter flashes.

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Plum Attraction, Rainbow Connection

I was hanging out for my first major chips on my Artful Dodger mani so I could try something else. In light of this I’ve decided to keep it for toes only (where I like it on me, go figure) until I find something from my latest polish orders (arriving soon, hopefully) to layer it with.

Today I felt like some purple with something a bit extra thrown in, so I layered Revlon’s Plum Attraction with a gradated coating of OPI’s Rainbow Connection, from their recent Muppets series. I’ve got to say, I really like Revlon’s shimmer polishes. Not keen on their frosts, but I’m not the target market. I like their shimmer colours, I like that they don’t go the way of cringe-inducing or offensive names (cough OPI), and I like that usually said polish names have an actual link to the colour in the bottle. Plum Attraction – you know what you’re getting, basically. It is indeed the colour of a perfectly ripe satsuma plum, with pink and some red shimmer thrown in. I also generally like their formulas, though I could have stood to add a third thin layer rather than only two.

[Sunlight, shows gloss]

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