The other day when I had my spending extravaganza at the MAC store (it wasn't actually that bad...just a lipstick [Morange] and a Lip Glass [Dare To Wear: So Bad]) Betsy bought In the Buff. When I saw it I thought that it looked kind of like China Glaze Classic Camel minus the shimmer. She kindly let me do a comparison.
As you can see, I was dead wrong. They have similar feels to them; they're both vaguely camel-y looking. Classic Camel, though, is way, way warmer than In the Buff, which has obvious green undertones. I expected to hate In the Buff on myself but...I really don't. I actually kind of adore it. In all honesty, I expected Classic Camel to kick the ass of In the Buff. For me it didn't. Don't get me wrong; I still like Classic Camel. I haven't worn it for a full manicure yet, but I will in the near future, I'm sure. It's definitely more of a fall color, don't you think? I like the shimmer in it.
There's just something about In the Buff that draws me in. It's a weird, weird color. I guess it's beige? But I definitely see green in it. Nathalie had a series of bottle photos in sand...and the color definitely reminds me of sandy beaches.
Is it even worth comparing these two since they're so obviously different? I don't know. I mean, maybe you only want to buy one weirdo beige/nude/camel color this fall, so why not break it down for you guys? So, differences. Well, let's start with the most obvious one: finish. In the Buff is a creme, which I tend to prefer anyway, and Classic Camel is a shimmer. Next is application. When Betsy was putting on In the Buff the formula gave her a lot of trouble. I remember that she had to do three coats and she said it still looked uneven after Seche Vite. For me, In the Buff's application was fine. I used two coats and it dried really fast, even without topcoat. Classic Camel's formula was a bit thick, but still workable. Also two coats. Finally, price. MAC polishes are $12. I got Classic Camel for $4.99 at Sally's. Honestly, I think I'll be at the MAC store next time I have cash buying In the Buff. I liked it that much.
Congratulations, In the Buff. You stole my cold little heart. Your cute name didn't hurt, either.