Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A White Comparison

I've recently been loving white polishes.  I think it started with Essie Marshmallow, continued with OPI Time-Less is More and is still going strong with Revlon Powder Puff (which I recently wore and have NOTD pics coming up for you).  Since I love doing comparisons, I thought of doing a white comparison for you guys.

First up, here's the case of characters.

I applied the above polishes in order from pinkie to thumb and took this picture in the sun.

I took this picture in the shade.

And I took this picture with the flash.

Swedish Nude is the yellowest of these polishes.  I would consider it an off-white or maybe a yellow version of Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud.  Most "regular" (read non-nail polish) people would probably look at this polish and declare it white.  I don't know if I like it with my skin tone, though.  I prefer the others on me.  Swedish Nude is a creme and it's old formula so it's got the skinny brush.  I used three coats for this comparison.

I know that the OPI Ridge Filler is technically not a polish, but I like to wear it as one so I included it in this comparison.  It dries to a satin finish so if you want it to be super shiny, a top coat would easily fix that.  I didn't use any top coat here, but it's not fully dry so it looks a bit shiny.  The main reason I enjoy using this as a manicure is because I don't need a separate base coat for it.  I can carefully apply four coats with a top coat and I'm on my way.  Since I always use two coats of base coat when I'm doing a regular manicure, this is like wearing a two-coater in comparison.  Not bad!

Time-Less is More was a huge lemming for me and I finally ordered it online.  It's a jelly-ish sheer white that falls somewhere between the OPI Ridge Filler and Essie Marshmallow.  I had huge problems with bubbling when I wore this for a full manicure and the four coats you see here were thick.  I needed six thin coats when I wore this for a full manicure.  It's most likey designed to be a sheer coat that shows visible nail line.  I was trying to make it opaque.  I still really enjoy this polish, though.  I think it's worth the trouble.

Essie Marshmallow needed four coats.  It's streaky and thin.  Frankly, it's a little hard for me to work with.  The skinny Essie brush doesn't help, either.  I do love this color, but the formula always pisses me off.  It's more of a stark white when compared to Time-Less is More and the OPI Ridge Filler, but it's not as stark as the Sally Hansen.

I threw Sally Hansen White On into this comparison since I wanted to compare these to a stark white creme.  This is definitely the brightest white of the bunch and it's definitely a creme.  I used three coats for this one, but only needed two.  That's my fault since I messed up my thumb when I was painting so I needed a third coat.

I hope you enjoyed my comparison!

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jbrobeck said...

i adore your comparison posts! this was a great one.

Zara said...

Thanks for the post! I've never seen a comp post on whites before, so this is very useful.

ChaosButterfly said...

Aw, I like Marshmallow the best. How sad about the formula. :(

Thanks for the awesome comparison post!

Lucy said...

Interesting comparisons. I have a few whites and never wear them. Like the look of Marshmallow. Guess I'll have to try one of these.

kelliegonzo said...

i got timeless is more and after it took me 7 coats to reach my desired opacity (i didn't care for the sheer look either) i promptly pawned it off to my friend :) i do like the look of it but it's too much trubs for me. i like essie marshmallow here, maybe i'll pick it up.

Lucy - Beauty and the Blogger said...

Thanks for this - I've been looking for a white polish for a while :-)

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Faith J. said...

Great post! Can you use the Ridge Filler under a white or sheer polish to make it opaque in less coats? Advice please, I have some sheers I am frustrated with! :)

Cali369 said...

I would never think of putting on white polish but these look very fresh and nice on you. Lots of coats though!

MeganChair said...

Thanks guys! I haven't tried the ridge filler under another sheer. At one or two coats, it's still pretty sheer itself so I'm not sure it would do much.

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