Y'all, I would like to introduce you to Beetle. It's an amazing polish from Hard Candy that I have been dying to get my hands on. because not only is it an absolutely gorgeous duotone shimmer polish... BUT it is an exact dupe for both Orly's Space Cadet AND MAC's Mean & Green. And all of Hard Candy's polishes come with coordinating big chunky rings! How fun!
I haven't actually used Beetle on my nails yet, as I am getting a fill tomorrow and don't see the point in wasting an hour trying to scrub all the glitter from OPI's Spark De Triomphe off of my nails when I can just let my nail tech sand it off for me in like 2 minutes.. but I have tested it on practice nails and swatched it on regular paper to see what it looks like and let me just tell you that it is gorgeous!
Unfortunately, I have tried everything I can think of to accurately capture the true intensity of the duotone on camera and nothing has worked. The two best pictures I got were outside this afternoon and I'll post them below.
Here's the brand new bottle at face value. It just looks purple and sparkly... but there is so much more to this polish than that!
This is the best photo I got where you can start to see the nature of the duotone.. but just barely. It's nowhere close to the true effect.
After studying it for a while, the best analogy that I could come up with is a rainbow oil spill:
|This is oil on concrete, NOT the polish. But this is what the polish most resembles.|
Now I'm going to be honest with the fact that I do not own Space Cadet OR Mean & Green. However, I've done my online research and can confirm that Beetle is, as I said, an exact dupe for both. From what I've read online, Space Cadet is nearly impossible to get opaque.. and by the time it IS opaque, it's too thick and gloppy to dry completely. And no one likes a dented mani! :(
I have several Hard Candy polishes and I am in love with their formula. It's basically perfection! Beetle seems to be more pigmented than Space Cadet. In my swatching, I only needed 3 thin/medium coats to achieve complete opacity and it dried super quickly, too!
How much can you save by grabbing yourself a bottle of Beetle over Orly and MAC's polishes? Well, as of this posting:
Orly's Space Cadet retailed for $10.
MAC'S Mean & Green retailed for $13.
Hard Candy's Beetle retailed for $4.99.
You do the math. Hard Candy polishes and cosmetics are sold exclusively at WalMart.
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And now I'm off to go grab the Hubby from work so that we can figure out what to do for dinner. I hate it when he gets off at midnight... Neither of us want to cook, and most eating places are already closed. Lame. :/