Remember last week when I raved about Maybelline Sweet Thing polish Pie in the Sky? And I said I wanted a back-up bottle? In the comments someone mentioned that Pie in the Sky looked a lot like Orly Snowcone. I figured that I would purchase a bottle of Snowcone instead of a back-up of the Maybelline, since the Sweet Thing collection seems to be becoming kind of scarce in drug stores. Also, Orly polishes have been $4.99 at Ulta for the past couple weeks. Yaaaaay.
So here is Snowcone, and I'm sure you've all seen it everywhere. I started seeing swatches of this pop up in the blogosphere around January and it is now readily available at brick & mortar retailers like Ulta and Sally's. I didn't like the formula. It was quite thick. Thick formulas, as you know, kind of necessitate thick coats. Then dry time suffers. Then chipping happens quicker. Sigh. This could have been almost a one-coater, but it left a couple bald spots in a few places so I did two. I love, love, love the color. It's a gorgeous pastel cornflower blue. How does it compare to Maybelline Pie in the Sky?
It's difficult to tell here, but I saw a pretty clear difference in the bottles. The Orly looks more saturated while the Maybelline looks a bit more muted. Time for some pie versus snowcone action.
There is a teeny, tiny difference on the nail. I have Pie in the Sky on two nails and Snowcone on two nails. Can you tell?
Can you tell now?
Pie in the Sky on my middle and pinky fingers and Snowcone on my pointer and ring fingers. They're close enough for me to call them, at the very least, semi-dupes. As I said before, I didn't like the formula on the Orly. Even though the Maybelline is streaky I'd rather use three thin coats of it. I'd say if you can't find Pie in the Sky, get Snowcone...and vice versa. If you adore the color, like me, get both.
Remember how I said I wore Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees for three days? I wore it to work yesterday. I usually spend at least an hour washing dishes every night I'm there. I also bang my hands on a ton of things. I was amazed when I completed my shift and my polish still looked like this:
I'm really impressed. There is chipping, yes. And tipwear. But I was on my third day! I love this polish. This polish is the reason I prefer thin formulas. Thin coats seem to equal longer wear. Now I want to try my other Espana polish and see if I have the same results...
Yesterday I was driving while at the same time trying to drink a huge cup of coffee. This ended poorly. I got coffee on my coral trench coat. You all remember my coral trench, yes? Luckily I was right by a Rite-Aid so I stopped there and picked up one of these:
This costs a dollar less than those Tide-To-Go sticks and it's easier to use. Another pro? It smells really lovely. I sprayed it on the disgusting hazelnut coffee stain and it went bye-byes. I recommend it. I'm sorry, trench coat. Never again will I try to drive and guzzle caffeine (while wearing you). In conjunction with my apology, I present you with this haiku:
dearest coral trench
you highlight my tiny waist
stay with me always
That's all for today. Does anyone have a favorite polish from the Orly spring collection? I can't remember what it's called. A lot of the colors look really cute! At least I know Snowcone is absolutely GOR-GEOUS. Have a great day, ladies!