Sunday, June 19, 2011

OPI Skull and Glossbones vs. Essie Playa Del Platinum


Skull and Glossbones is the first polish I tried from my Pirates Haul. It was the one I was most looking forward to, having lusted after it since seeing Just Nice Things' swatches back in February. And after all that interminable wait, I'm (inevitably) a little disappointed.



Don't get me wrong, it's very nice. This is two coats, although it could probably have done with three. It's pleasant to apply. It's a pretty colour. It's just...well, grey. I was kind of expecting a grungy, warm undertone, a thick creamy finish (it's a little sheer), y'know, something a little edgy. This doesn't make me think of bones particularly. Moaning aside, I have no doubt I'll reach for it (as I did here) when I want a clean, simple, stop-gap mani; it just doesn't knock my socks off. I compared it to Essie Playa del Platinum and although they're close, they're not dupes. PDP (in the middle) is a hair darker and warmer.



Anyway! I mentioned in the last post that I was going on a no-buy. So I diligently counted up all my unworn polishes, counted again, gulped, and then concocted a plan.

  • I have 70 unworn polishes of various brands (yikes) with the biggest offenders being illamasqua, OPI, and china glaze.
  • I have to wear half - 35 - of these before going on another polish bender.
  • I wear about two manicures a week, so this should take about 4 months.
  • Minor get out clause (the 'china glaze metallic crackles' amendment): I can make purchases during the no-buy, but these must be worn before the no-buy ends PLUS one additional polish from the unworn stash, thereby extending the time of the challenge.


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9 comments:

DysfunctionalKid said...

Everytime I go on a no-buy I come up with very creative exceptions to the rules and end up buying even more than I did before :D

Marika xoxo said...

The right color! :D

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Em said...

Oooh a no buy!! That sounds tough. If you're anything like me, I know you'll be keeping a running wish list of polishes so you can do a huuuuge big purchase at the end of the no buy :P

Courtney said...

Thanks so much for this comparison! I didn't even realize how similar these two might be! Kind of funny since Playa del Platinum looked awful on me, but I loved Skull and Glossbones!

Best of luck on your no-buy! (And I love your "China Glaze Metallic Crackles Amendment" LOL)

Samantha Lee Shin said...

LOL. You're gonna save quite some money on your no-buy... but I dunno dear... if suddenly an awesome polish collection came out, the no-buy ban is off~ (well that happenned to me anyway)

Cat Ray said...

Wow, I'm really impressed you're going on a no-buy. I wish I had your will power. I am trying to be more discerning in my selections but it's so hard! I wish you luck!

♥ Claire ♥ said...

I need to go on a no buy ... but there is still so much I want *sobs*

Olivia Frescura said...

gorgeous! this is def one of my faves from the collection

Lucy said...

I love your exception to your "no buy". I keep a notebook with all the polishes in there I want. I need to be a millionaire!

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