Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Comparison: L'Oreal Safari Chic VS Sonia Kashuk Fatigued

Good morning! Today, I have 2 comparisons with L'Oreal Safari Chic. This, the first one, compares it with Sonia Kashuk Fatigued. Safari Chic is one of the new Colour Riche offerings. I borrowed a few of these Colour Riche lacquers to swatch in hopes of finding alternates: L'Oreal is a perpetrator of animal testing. I am always excited to search for alternatives from cruelty-free companies, thus the purpose of these swatches.
I am glad to say that I think that Fatigued is an excellent substitute.
Both are murky, greyed sage greens shot through with subtle shimmer which is unnoticeable except in sunlight. Their shades are approximately the same: I would say that I can't find more than 1/2 shade difference between the two. The shimmer in Fatigued, however, is slightly more prominent, although this difference is only visible in the sun, and even then only slightly.

Application is similar, though I prefer the formula of the Sonia Kashuk. I do think the L'Oreal brush is OK, but the formula is rather thick. 2 coats to opacity, though I did 3.
For clarity's sake I pronounce them very-near dupes. Even if Safari Chic were made by a cruelty-free company I could not justify owning both.

These swatches are 3 coats of each lacquer, no topcoat. Pictures taken in direct sunlight.

China Glaze Ahoy + Nubar 2010



So, hi world! I've neglected this seedling of a blog due to some unfortunate happenings in my life, but I'm hoping to nurture it now. I'm planning a renaming and redesigning, and I now have access to a nice camera, which is awesome.
Shown here is 3 coats of China Glaze Ahoy!, a vivid raspberry-pink jelly packed with amazing gold shimmer (which is not properly visible in these photos) topped with 1 coat of Nubar 2010, a gold/copper/green shift flakie very similar to Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure, Essie Shine of the Times, Gosh Rainbow etc.
I loved wearing this mani- I don't often wear pink but Ahoy is so rich and beautiful. It's from the stellar Anchors Away collection.