Due to economic constraints, I’m not able to indulge my nail varnish habit as often as I would like of late, so I must be ultra-selective with my edits whilst scanning the collections in the shops. Nicole by OPI Am I Making Myself Claire? has caught my eye ever since the Modern Family collection was released about a month ago, to the extent that my initial intent after purchase last weekend was to devote a post solely to her.
Until I opened my drawer and immediately spotted some potential Polish Friends Forever!
I usually include a post in the PFF Series if there are just a few lookalike members, in lieu of an abundant group comparison. This batch was initially triplets (second photo), grew to a clique of several (third photo), then morphed into a veritable army, all variations on the dusty lilac to grey-with-a-drop-or-more-of-lavender spectrum.
Have a look!
L to R:
1 – OPI Steady As She Rose – a touch pinker than Claire, with a thinner formula, but these first three are still Polish Friends Forever…
2 – NOPI Am I Making Myself Claire? – I could dispose of my thousand-bottle collection for this… exactly in between OPI SASR and ESBHL in dusty creamy lilac yum. Could be a one-coater. Beautiful application.
3 – Essence Surfer Babe Hang Loose – Exact twin to Claire in the bottle, slightly more lilac on the nail wheel. VERY slight difference. If I were forced due to economic circumstance to forgo/return Claire, this would be my go-to.
4 – OPI Panda-monium Pink
5 – MAC Little Girl Type – more saturated yet whited out lilac
6 – Zoya Miley – a whispery lavender sheer jelly formula
7 – Essence Colour & Go Ballerina’s Charm – darker, duskier greyed lilac-lavender with ultrafine multicolored silvery shimmer
8 – OPI Rumple’s Wiggin – brighter, even more saturated version of MAC LGT
9 – Catrice Sing: Hey, Dirty-Lilah! – light grey with a drop of lavender and ultrafine silvery rainbow microshimmer
10 – Essence Crystalliced It’s A Snow Woman’s World – grey lavender with subtle pink-blue-purple flash
11 – Zoya Carey – Did I buy this? Just looks grey with an iota of lavender…
12 – Sinful Colors Mauve – a misnomer. Very saturated whited out lavender grey.
13 – Essence Season of Extremes Nude or What? – another misnomer, more egregious than SC. Similar to Zoya Carey, a few shades deeper, with a lot more lavender.
14 – Sally Hansen CSM Greige Gardens – I always thought this leaned very lavender under fluorescent shop lighting, but on the nail wheel, it’s dark greige with lots of lavender.
Still with me? Yes, this is quite a spectrum, but what beauty, no? I remember craning my neck on Hallowe’en night last year to gaze up at the skeletal silhouettes of the witchy leaning trees in my forest of a neighborhood, and yearning ever since for a nail lacquer to mimic the shade of that dusky sky… not quite lavender, grey, mauve, lilac… at the time I thought Catrice Dirty Lilah was my girl, but no — this NOPI Claire is my muse for that vision. Better late than never, right?
xo blueberry milk tea
P.S. Lilac = leaning red-pink; lavender = leaning blue-purple. All of these photos are unfortunately more lavender-toned than what my blue eyes [with their rose-colored glasses] see in real life…