Illamasqua Jo’mina Nail Varnish

With a warmer skin tone, I often find that lilacs and pastel-like purples do not work on my skin tone, but I like Jo’mina a lot, and I think it’s the underlying redness around the edges that makes it more complementary against my particular skin tone.  I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one–NARS Pokerface is much, much lighter and pinker, while Nubar Treasure has such a different finish that they don’t end up looking very similar.

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Illamasqua Jo'mina Nail Varnish

China Glaze Metro (Downtown) Collection

China Glaze Downtown Collection ($2.99 to $5.99, depending on retailer, for 0.5 fl. oz.) contains six shades: Concrete Catwalk (steel grey crème), Loft-y Ambitions (burgundy shimmer), Midtown Magic (burgundy base with flecks of gold shimmer), Skyscraper (sparkling, glitter blue), Trendsetter (mustard yellow shimmer), and Westside Warrior (camo green crème).

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China Glaze Metro (Uptown) Collection

China Glaze Uptown Collection ($2.99 to $5.99, depending on retailer, for 0.5 fl. oz.) contains six shades: Brownstone (burnt terracotta crème), CG in the City (glittering dusty purple, bronze and silver multi-tonal glitter), City Siren (deep, red crème), Street Chic (gorgeous beige crème), Traffic Jam (raspberry pink crème), and Urban-Night (rich purple crème).

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Butter London Thames Nail Lacquer

Butter London Thames Nail Lacquer
Butter London Thames Nail Lacquer

Butter London Thames Nail Lacquer

Butter London Thames Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft, blue-green stunner with just a tiny undercurrent of gold.” It’s a rich, luxurious green-teal with subtle shimmer. I didn’t get a lot of gold shimmer, as it seemed more white/silver to me (even in bright light). I was able to achieve opaque color in two coats. The formula was easy to work with, because it wasn’t too thick or thin, flowed evenly across the nail, and didn’t streak. There were a few brush strokes in the resulting look, but they were very subtle.  I typically get a week of wear with Butter London’s formula with a proper base and top coat.

The color reminded me of the shimmer in MAC Jade Dragon (which has a very inky green-tinged black base). Duri Paparazzi is the closest dupe I found from my past swatches, but it is much greener (not really a teal at all).

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Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like

Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “playful periwinkle.” It’s a really rich, dark periwinkle, and to me, I see indigo–that perfect mix of blue and violet that gives you something different. I used two coats for swatches, and there is a hint of visible nail line, so I would say three is likely the ideal strategy here. It’s described as a cream finish, but it is more like a cream meets jelly–it has that slightly squishy look of a jelly.

Deborah Lippmann’s cream polishes last about a week on me with a good top/base coat (I prefer Zoya’s for both). The formula on this is a little watery, but I wouldn’t say it ended up being sheer or runny, as it still applied evenly and didn’t pull in places. Essie Smooth Sailing is lighter and has shimmer but reminded me of it nonetheless. SpaRitual Illume has a jelly-like appearance, but it leans more purple.

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