Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

OCC Pond Nail Lacquer
OCC Pond Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pond Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “true royal blue” with a satin finish. It’s a bold, royal blue cream; very rich and decadent. China Glaze Manhunt is darker and slightly jelly-like. Zoya Song is a bit darker, and it has a lot of shimmer. MAC Breezy Blue is purpler. Illamasqua Force is similar in color but not quite as bright. Deborah Lipmann I Know What Boys Like is darker. Essie Declare Your Denim is bluer, not as bright.

This is an incredibly pigment-rich formula; nearly one coat is fully opaque, but I felt like the texture looked best (dense, plush, and lightly shiny) with two coats, so I’d still recommend two coats.  For reference, I left my pinky fingernail with only one coat of product, so you can see the opacity.  The consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, but it is on the thicker side.  It flowed well over the nail, and I didn’t have any problems with the polish streaking or pooling along the edges.  I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with OCC’s formula.

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For those who've been on a long hunt for a royal blue cream that's fully pigmented, I think your hunt might be over!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

OCC, $10.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

China Glaze Manhunt is darker and slightly jelly-like. Zoya Song is a bit darker, and it has a lot of shimmer. MAC Breezy Blue is purpler. Illamasqua Force is similar in color but not quite as bright. Deborah Lipmann I Know What Boys Like is darker. Essie Declare Your Denim is bluer, not as bright.

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70 thoughts on “OCC Pond Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. dude!! That is a seriously nice royal blue and it looks wickedly juicy and opaque.

  2. The shine to it is flawless!

  3. Lindsay

    GORGEOUS. Perfect for spring and summer! Even though it’s bright and saturated, I’m envisioning using this color much like a neutral… basically, I’m gonna go wild and pair this blue with everything!

  4. I wasn’t too excited about this shade when I saw it in the bottle, but when I saw the swatches it blew my mind! SO smooth and pigmented!

  5. Lilian Nava

    It looks a lot like Sally Hansen pacific blue! Have you seen that one!?

  6. GUSnail

    I’m a sucker for royal blue nail polishes and :0 This is amazing!! I love that there is no shimmer/metalic-just plain gorgeous blueness :)

  7. I love how rich this color is, without becoming too dark

  8. kellilee

    Is this similar to IKB:2012 by Rescue Beauty Lounge?

    • Sorry, but I don’t think I’ve swatched that! I think I purchased it, but it sold out so quickly that I either shelved it or gave it away without opening it :(

    • Kat

      It reminds me of IKB 2012 too :).

      What a beautiful color; my absolute favorite.

  9. artemis

    beautiful!

  10. Essies Butler Please and Butter London’s Blagger are similar royal blues too! Love the color!

  11. Woah, nice color. You don’t see this kind of blue too often, very pretty.

  12. Audrey

    Oh my god I am in love.
    Every royal blue I’ve tried recently has been super disappointing, but this looks promising!

  13. blueraccoon

    TARDIS blue! Love it.

  14. t_zwiggy

    I NEED this! I’ve been really into medium creamy blues lately, and this one seems perfect!

  15. Vick

    This is beautiful. I think JulieG Cabana Boy *might* be very similar.

  16. crystallinity

    TARDIS polish!!! Love it!

  17. Wenz

    Wow this is sssooo pigmented and GORGEOUS!!!! My brain just went crazy thinking of colours I can pair this with for an accent nail or 2…. :)

  18. Brittany

    “Royal” blue? Definitely more like TARDIS blue. This is AMAZING and I must have it.

    • Tammie

      AND it’s called Pond…I know OCC are nerds (Anime, Yaoi) so I am guessing this was on purpose lol

  19. Alli

    This is amazing! Looks like it might be similar to Essie Butler Please.

  20. Calle

    Am I the only one who found it strange that OCC “POND” and Zoya “SONG” are similar colors?????

  21. Cat

    What a gorgeous color! Perfect for any time of year– I’m a sucker for these blues.

  22. Neha

    I have never seen such a true Royal blue ever, most of them either have a purple, black base or shimmer. This is like finding a true red lipstick! Thanks Christine, I am SOLD!

  23. Rosie Posie

    The name had me thinking of Miss Amelia Pond already, but then I see the color is a rather TARDIS-like blue. Gorgeous!

  24. kEG

    I’m really diggin the intensity of this blue

  25. Genevieve

    Wow- what a beautiful color! I might have to try this line of polishes out! Thanks for the review, Christine:)

    • Gigie

      Hi! We have the same name. It was so weird, I was looking through these comments, saw yours and thought “When did I say that?” But then I remembered that I go by my nickname on here. :)

  26. It looks a lot like Essie’s Mesmerize!

  27. Lucia

    This is gorgeous! I’ve been looking for a true, bright Yves Klein blue since Rescue Beauty Lounge released their last fan collection and the blue one called IKB:2012 sold out super quickly. Hopefully this one can tide me over until something brighter comes along! =)

  28. Elyse

    WOW! Finally a great royal blue without any shimmer in it! I’ll definitely be picking this up!

  29. WOW!! This is some of the most decadent nails I’ve seen. Loving the product already.

  30. Taylor

    POND IS TARDIS BLUE! AHHHH!

    I don’t wear nail polishes on my fingers because I’m a horrible nail biter but my toes need this asap holy cow

  31. AstroD

    Oooh, I might have to get this when I’m in the US in April! So pretty! Am I the only one that wants it more because it is called Pond and is Tardis Blue-ish?

  32. i love these types of blue. do you know how it compares to rbl ikb: 2012?

    • Sorry, but I don’t think I’ve swatched that! I think I purchased it, but it sold out so quickly that I either shelved it or gave it away without opening it :(

  33. chanel_svp

    it seems similar to YSL bleu majorelle #18

  34. Nikki

    Gorgeous! Is this at all similar to Rescue Beauty Lounge IKB 2012?

    • Sorry, but I don’t think I’ve swatched that! I think I purchased it, but it sold out so quickly that I either shelved it or gave it away without opening it :(

  35. Fiona

    This reminds me of essie butler please.

  36. Jenn

    How does it compare to Essie – Butler please and Nails inc – Baker street ?

  37. Rosie

    DOCTOR WHO NAIL POLISH! :D this is so awesome!

  38. Belinda

    A Dr. Who inspired nail polish? YES PLEASE!!

    I am IN LOVE with this collection. Finally a makeup company puts out a line with a science fiction theme. I can’t wait to see more reviews from the Sci-Fi Lullabies collection. I think I hear all of my money flying out of my wallet! lol

    • AstroD

      Have you checked out Cult Nails? They had a Super Powers Collection and their Time Traveller nail polish is amazing! So glossy and blue :D

  39. Mel

    Love the color and how it’s named after a Doctor Who character’s last name in Tardis blue!

  40. Laura

    OMG you guys!!! It’s the perfect TARDIS blue color!!!

    I need it!!

  41. What an amazing colour! It’s so bright and vibrant!

  42. ID

    very very beachy blue

  43. Terri

    Holy blue nailpolish!!! You rock everything you wear Christine….carry on!

  44. gabriella

    Perfect! I’m definitely getting this one.

  45. jdm

    TARDIS blue polish?! Yes, please! Will you be reviewing the new Lip Tars from this collection as well?

  46. roslynd

    OMG a perfect TARDIS blue.

    the whovian in me will buy this polish for sure! will it be avail at sephora?

  47. Morgan

    WOW. I think this is the Blue I’ve been looking for all my life. GORGEOUS!

  48. Jessica

    Does it look anything like OCC’s Rx????

  49. Jessica

    You know, I was on SUCH a hunt for a good cobalt “Cleopatra” blue, and I ended up getting Essie’s Butler Please. I think it might be reeeeally similar, if not a dupe. I wore it all last week and got a ton of compliments. The prices are equivalent, but for most the Essie nps are easier to find in stores.