Creative musings in bright colors

I am away at a conference this week, so all my posts are scheduled in advance! Which means you guys get a week of teeny tiny nails from when I was trying to get them to grow out properly after they were wrecked with the old Mentality polish. I took advantage of having tiny nails (and thus not feeling compelled to do something very intricate that would be ruined by different base colors) to swatch and compare all of my medium blue metallic polishes.


I really only have 4 medium blue metallics, the fifth (although looking similar in the bottle) is actually quite a few shades darker on the nail. Really, I should do a metallic blue ombre at some point…I think I can! All polishes were two coats except Yogo (pinky) which was one.


From pinky to thumb we have:
OPI – Yoga-ta Get This Blue
Mentality – Brute
Zoya – Estelle
Zoya – Tart
Sally Hansen – Blue My Mind


Yoga is clearly the darkest, and is maybe more of a scattered shimmer than a metallic. Brute dries matte and faintly shimmery, but is similar in color to Estelle. Estelle is the most metallic of the lot, with a lot of depth to it. Tart is lighter than Estelle by just a bit, but not nearly as deep (you don’t get the same depth of shine/black contrast). Mind is by far the most vivid and saturated, it has that odd smell that I associate with bright blues. It is also the most brush-stroky.


I don’t know that I could pick a favorite, they all have different roles! Tart and Estelle are very similar, and I think if Estelle had been out a year about when I bought Tart that I would have gotten Estelle instead (I like depth in my metallics). Brute isn’t that great on its own, but as a matte is beautiful.


Who knows! If you are looking for blue metallics, I hope this helps to clear some things up. Enjoy!

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