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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

NOTD: A Greener Shade of Pale - a Comparison

OPI Gargantuan Green Grape

The other evening I had a massive swatch fest consisting of a bunch of polishes that didn't fit any collection- the loners. When it came to OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, a polish I'd wanted for a while, I had a bit of a deja vu moment...

I don't (normally) feel the need to have multiple varieties of really similar colours. It just ends up being a waste of money, time and space. Redundancy is for the birds. Buuut, when it comes to pale greens/turquoises I totally broke my own rules.

OPI Gargantuan Green Grape 

Gargantuan Green Grape is a pale green, but it isn't as dusty as other minty green shades. I thought that it would be more of a pale apple green and was a bit disappointed that the shade was not more unique. More disappointing than the shade, was the formula. I'd say that this is the worst formulated OPI that I have; it's sooo thin. It took three coats to reach opacity and even then I think it still could have used a fourth to cover up the patchy areas. Not cool OPI.


 L-R: China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint, OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, Nicole by OPI My Lifesaver, China Glaze For Audrey, Essie Turquoise and Caicos

L-R: China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint, OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, Nicole by OPI My Lifesaver, China Glaze For Audrey, Essie Turquoise and Caicos

A fast peek in my collection and I found a complete little family of pale greens/turquoises. I know, there is a difference between green and turquoise, but they do look pretty good all snuggled up together on a colour wheel.

While there are definite similarities here there are no dupes. Re-Fresh Mint is lighter and has slightly less yellow than Gargantuan Green Grape. My Lifesaver is quite close to For Audrey, but isn't quite dark enough to fit the bill, and Turquoise and Caicos, while close, isn't dusty enough and a touch too light to be a dupe.

Which pale green has a place in your heart?

As for this posts title... I wracked my brain trying to think of a cute, creative green themed title, with no avail. When I started trying to think of pale, it came to me. This song has always been a favourite of mine, so it was a good excuse to give it another listen (even if it made me cry, again.)




2 comments:

  1. Did you know? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMkmQlfOJDk Happy new year from Greece!

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  2. I'm loving the OPI Gargantuan Green Grape...definitely on my next to buy list. I'll be needing a new color for spring! Really like your blog also. Check mine out if you want. 

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