Thursday, September 1, 2011

Another (Not Really) Chanel Dupe - Essie Sew Psyched

Essie Sew Psyched
I am hating so hard on this polish right now!

I first started hankering for an army green polish after hearing about the one from H&M from my friends in Europe.  Such a creative, chic colour, and the olive tone reminds me of living on the Mediterranean!  Sadly,
I don't live in Europe anymore and the H&M stores here don't carry the full cosmetics line, so I had to wait for the nail polish makers here to come up with a similar shade.

The first one I saw was Essie Sew Psyched and at that point, I was so desperate that I snapped it up right away and...ugh.

It's a dull grey-green PEARL!  I can't tell you how much I HATE pearl finishes on all cosmetics - eyeshadows, lipsticks, and yes, nail polishes.  It looks so dated and gross, and so Not Now.  Sadly, I didn't realize this one had a pearl finish because I bought it online.  When I first noticed it in the bottle, I decided to give it a try anyway, because I believe in being optimistic (and, y'know, I paid already), but it looked just as bad on.

Actually, the colour reminds me of a pair of pants I absolutely hated - but pearlized. Ew.

If I'd only waited longer I could've gotten OPI's Uh Oh Roll Down the Window (hee!), which is much darker, a more flattering dark olive shade and a true creme. Or Zoya's Shawn.  Or any number of other army greens that are on the market right now.

My consolation, however, came when I googled Essie's Sew Psyched to see if other people were hating it as much as I was (many were not) and I saw that it's sort of a dupe for Chanel's Khaki Vert - and we all know I love me some nail polish dupes.  Khaki Vert is more yellow so it's not really a dupe, but it's very similar.  This relief, however, lasted only about a day because, as much as I adore Chanel's nail polish colours and think they're total innovators with their shades, I don't love Khaki Vert either.  I just don't like mixing grey with green.  Grey-purples, however, I love.  More on that another Thursday! ;)


nicoism said...

Have you tried the nailpolish from Joe Fresh?
They have quite a variety of colours and it was pretty cheap the last time I checked haha, haven't actually tried it myself though xP

Tina said...

Hello, my dear!

So glad you're back in Canada. :D

No, I haven't tried any Joe Fresh polishes. I really want to but my local Joe Fresh place is always trashed - the samples are all gross and the only products left available are the colours that no one wants. :( If I do I'll definitely tell you all about it! :D