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August 29, 2010
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Olive Green nails from Stage, OPI, China Glaze and MAC

Random entry and swatches of some olive shades that I have in my stash.

Stage Extreme was bought during one of those sales they were having a few months back. This shade was mentioned previously on somebody's blog I think, I can't remember. So I made a mental note to go check it out and indeed it stood out amongst the shades of red, pink and purple.

OPI At Your Quebec & Call from the Canada collection is, I believe, a discontinued shade. I managed to snag this one off someone on a beauty community. About a fifth had already been used at the point of purchase but I jumped on the chance as I had been looking for it for a while.

China Glaze Wagon Trail from the Fall 2008 Rodeo Diva collection. Highly raved on nail polish blogs like Scrangie and AllLacqueredUp.

MAC Dry Martini from Fall 2009 Jin Soon Choi for MAC. This was bought from the MAC private sale earlier this year. It has a creme finish while the above-mentioned have a shimmery finish. The make-up blogette recently showed a swatch of it too.

Stage Extreme had a very good application. You could get away with one coat if applied evenly. I applied two coats for more intensity. It is slightly lighter in shade compared to China Glaze Wagon Trail and has more golden shimmer.

OPI At Your Quebec & Call is pretty sheer application-wise and I had to put on three coats to achieve this opacity. Even then, it looks like something's missing. I found a tip on this blog that I might try next time. The trick is to apply a coat of black polish first before layering a sheer polish. It brings out the colour better. Check out the link, the swatches she did of this polish are awesome and really drool-worthy. You'll be able to see the difference with and without a black base.

China Glaze Wagon Trail is the darkest olive shade here, leaning on black in certain lighting. Scrangie describes it as a black with gold shimmer. Dark olive green or black with gold, however you wanna describe this one, it is gorgeous nonetheless.

MAC Dry Martini is described as a khaki olive green. It photographed brown on my nail swatch, but showed up as olive in the first pic above.

Do you/ Have you/ Would you wear olive green? Which one is your fav shade? Any other shade recommendations?

Hope you enjoyed reading this entry!

posted by
8/29/10

I like OPI At Your Quebec & Call (:


posted by
8/29/10

you know, i actually think that CG's Ingrid has a hint of olive in it too. Maybe not as visible on the bottle, but when applied. I love that colour :)


posted by
8/30/10

Love the OPI and CG ones. Very pretty. :)


posted by
8/30/10

Jen: ChG Wagon Trail was one of the first few China Glaze polishes I bought - saw it on Temptalia and drooled left right and centre! LOL! And Stage Extreme looks pretty close to Wagon Trail too but I think Wagon Traail has a deeper base? I gave Stage Extreme away in my Giveaway 2 or 3 :D Quebec at your Call is VERY pretty!


posted by
8/30/10

Gah as expected Wagon Trail is gorgeous! U wldnt happen to have an extra bottle lying around wld u? Lol.


posted by
9/06/10

I had At your quebec and call but it dried out and I was so sad coz it was one of my first few OPIs and I really loved that shade!


posted by
9/06/10

Gwen: I haven't used Ingrid yet! I like it so much that I'm scared of using it. Strange, no?

Jerlaine: nopes I don't have any extras..lol..but maybe next time you could get it through Gwen's spree before it's discontinued.

Kas: you just called the OPI one "Quebec At Your Call"..LOLOLOL..and yes, Wagon Trail is much darker.

Kim: I love the golden sheen of Quebec. Next time, I will try with a black base underneath. It's kinda sheer on its own



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