Nude silhouettes No. 1, starring OPI Tickle My France-y (both versions)

Last holiday weekend, I was able to create and organize my nude shelf, and thus get the comparisons all lined up properly.  I’m doing this one first cos Miss MC has been very patient with me, awaiting her varnish parcel since two seasons ago.  Now, MC, I can finally send you the vintage version of OPI TMF for your growing collection!  Take a glimpse of these beauties and enjoy the show, the first in a lengthy series.

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Milani Vanilla Almond, Revlon Gray Suede (Marchesa LE version), OPI Tickle My France-y 2009, Rescue Beauty Lounge Grunge (original version), Colorama Chic Pele

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Rescue Beauty Lounge Grunge (original version), Colorama Chic Pele, Finger Paints Whatta Dish, OPI Tickle My France-y 2013, KleanColor 49 Mocha

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1 – Milani Vanilla Almond

2 – Revlon Gray Suede (Marchesa LE version)

3 – OPI Tickle My France-y 2009

4 – Colorama Chic Pele

5 – Finger Paints Whatta Dish

6 – OPI Tickle My France-y 2013

7 – KleanColor 49 Mocha

8 – Rescue Beauty Lounge Grunge (original version)*

*added this after remembering having done a Skittles mani with it, OPI TMF 2009, and Deborah Lippmann Modern Love (which I no longer own and am attempting to re-obtain).  RBL Grunge fits best among these where I’ve placed it in the bottle lineup images, or between 3 and 4 on the nail wheel…

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These are the three shimmers of the lineup:  Revlon Gray Suede, RBL Grunge (original version), and Finger Paints Whatta Dish.  Revlon and RBL look like PFFs in the bottle; Gray Suede is just a tad warmer/peachier on the nail wheel, while Grunge is more neutral flesh-toned and greyer… but not by much!  FP has a lot more silver microshimmer than its neighbors and leans pinky-mauve-er.  See last nail wheel photo for reference; it’s the most color accurate.

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I can’t remember what year the OPI France collection actually came out, maybe it was 2008.  But I bought my first version of TMF in 2009 and didn’t use it until four years later.  I didn’t like it at all in 2013 (when I did the aforementioned Skittles mani), yet noticed that my eye always gravitated to it immediately in shops, even those with massive OPI displays. I also noticed that the one in the shops seemed much more attractive than my thin, sicklier version at home.  It was definitely mauver, for one thing.  So I purchased it, kicking myself for now owning two bottles of a varnish I don’t even like (at the time, I was also trying to get rid of RBL Grunge and Deborah Lippmann Modern Love, and had long ago swapped Revlon Gray Suede, which I repurchased just this year).

When organizing my new nude shelf, I could not tell the two TMFs apart and only upon opening each for swatching could I tell which was the 2009 version, since I used it once and 2013 is still untried!  My verdict is that 2013 does indeed lean the slightest bit mauver in the bottle and on the nail wheel.  Also, the formula is more opaque and smoother than 2009.  My two centimes.  🙂

xx blueberry milk tea

4 thoughts on “Nude silhouettes No. 1, starring OPI Tickle My France-y (both versions)

  1. Sarah says:

    I loved the 2008 version of OPI Tickle My France-y. I used mine up and rebought it now, in 2015 and I was so disappointed. I hate this mauvey color. I wish I could find a 2008 TMF for sale. le sigh

  2. Hi Sarah, thanks for your comment and feedback!

    I surely must be in the minority re my preference for the newer + mauve-r version of TMF. 🙂

    Regarding these lighter shades, RBL Grunge also comes in two versions (I’m curious about the newer one since mine is the original; I guess I’ll never find out now that RBL is closing shop) … :/

    You prolly know that nailistas lament the 2+ versions of OPI Bubble Bath as well (think I had the preferred grey-ed out, less pink bottle of that, but I swapped it untried long ago).

    I’ve seen several versions of OPI Italian Love Affair on shelf (personally like the peachier-leaning, frostier bottle appearance).

    A non-nailista complained to me several years ago that she used to love OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy, but it had changed so much as to be unrecognizable… she was so disappointed that she complained to the company via their website!

    xx Gemma

  3. Sarah says:

    Hi again,
    Thank you for replying. I was curious to know if Revlon Grey Suede and 2009 TMF are the closest matches to each other? I ask only because I can’t completely trust online photos due to pixels and pc quality. I would love to get my hands on a 2009 bottle of TMF, I can’t seem to find any. Thanks again

    • Hello Sarah!

      Would that memory served me better in order to answer your question (sent away to a new home the original TMF + GS after I wrote the corresponding post), *but* I do remember that Grey Suede appears a different formula than the original TMF … in the bottle anyway, it looks more opaque due to tiny pale shimmer particles, nor do I recall it being as thin and nude-y as the original TMF.

      Every time I spot a bottle of DL Naked or YSL Beige Leger, the original TMF comes to mind … and on the more affordable end of the spectrum, Misa High Waist Hue!

      HTH, Gemma 🙂

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