Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

OCC Pool Boy Nail Lacquer

OCC Pool Boy Nail Lacquer

In a very unlikely hue for fall, OCC Pool Boy Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) nevertheless makes its debut in OCC’s Pretty Boy Collection. Given that fall launches start rolling out halfway through our real summer, this beautiful blue is still quite welcome. It’s described simply as a “creme blue.” It’s not quite neon, but it’s not a softer, robin’s egg blue either. There’s a vibrancy in the hue that borders on cyan but still it is tempered by the creaminess of the color overall. It’s more like a sky blue with a hint of aqua in it. I think the yellow tones of my skin make it appear less sky blue–perhaps in cooler skintones you’ll find the blue tones are pulled out of it more.

The formula on this particular shade wasn’t perfect–it was on the thicker side, and with a color like this, you definitely need two coats. The first coat always looks uneven and almost streaky, but the second coat turns it into near perfection. I found that a thinner primary coat followed by a regular (but with the consistency of the formula, still thick) coat, which spread and flowed over the nail to give it a smooth look with nearly opaque color coverage.

The Glossover


OCC Pool Boy Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

I think the color is gorgeous, but the formula has a few issues, so it's not quite perfect. I love how it's bright without being a full-on neon shade, and the nice part about that is how it dries to a glossy finish even without a top coat.











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OCC Pool Boy Nail Lacquer

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OCC Pool Boy Nail Lacquer

OCC Pool Boy Nail Lacquer

OCC Pool Boy Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Pool Boy? How much is it?

OCC Makeup on September 6th, $8.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

The closest I could think of was Nubar Hydrangea which is a lighter blue--more pastel.

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24 thoughts on “OCC Pool Boy Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Michelle

    Very pretty; I love bright colors in fall. I must hang on to the summer season as long as I can! I have interest in OCC but I am unsure if their products are available at any retailers. Christine do you (or any readers) know if they are?

  2. rowan

    it’s lovely, do you know of any dupes?

  3. amazon_fashion

    I like how it is a nice mix between neon and pastel without being too heavy on both.

  4. This colour is so pretty!
    Is it close to Essie’s Borrowed & Blue?

  5. Leah

    IN LOVE! Must have :)

  6. Ashley

    Pretty! Very nice light blue.

  7. I really don’t need any more nail polishes but that is so darn pretty!

  8. This is a really pretty colour. Is it just me or does it look kind of uneven on one of your nails though??

  9. beachgal

    Don’t not seem to be plagued with that typical chalky white so many of these pastel creams frequently show.

  10. alyssa

    I am addicted and IN LOVE with all blue shades anything in that color i want. and this is a gorgeous nail color!

  11. Marie

    This color is lovely, unlike anything I’ve ever seen!

    Sorry if this is off topic, but are you going to review the Poison loose Colour Concentrate from OCC? Thanks!

  12. Alma E. Johnson

    It almost looks like OPI’s What’s with the cat-titude! but this is much brighter,i think,might also be close to Kleancolor’s pastel blue.

  13. Bright colors FTW 24/7/365! Cannot wait to get this, and I HATE nail polish!

  14. Alexis

    this is a beautiful color

  15. This is the exact color I’ve been looking for alllllll summer! NEEDITTTT!

  16. Kelly

    This is my ideal nail polish color! Bright light blue creme, I love it so much!

  17. Pretty! Reminds me of the Hard Candy blue that all the brides wore for their pedicures in the 90s for their Something Blue!

  18. Noir

    That color is gorgeous! It looks a bit like Candy Mint Apple by Essie but more bluer.

  19. Eva

    I fell in love with this shade when Leesha wore it in one of her recent videos! So pretty.