Wednesday, September 22, 2010

MAC Mean & Green vs. Orly Space Cadet

First and foremost, thank you all for your lovely Birthday wishes over Twitter and email. I've had a fantastic couple of days celebrating, and it looks like tomorrow evening will round it off for another solid year in the books!

I picked up a nail polish a few weeks ago, only to get around to using it this week. While I was having a look at MAC's Venomous Villains collection last week (of which I'm completely uninterested..phew!), something struck the familiarity bone.

MAC's Mean & Green Satin nail varnish, is a fitting shade for a collection that revolves around Disney villains. It's dark, but not black. The fade into darkness thing, is precisely what drew me in.

However, Orly's Space Cadet is...wait...exactly the same color. And it was released first. So who's copying who? No matter, because they are both gorgeous and a tad difficult to get your hands on. Only a couple of dollars apart in price, either one is a good bet--although the rubber handle and consistent formula of Orly, earns it a couple of extra stars.

The multi-chrome finish changes, depending on which way the light hits it. Complex and intriguing, I've found myself repeatedly twisting my hands to observe how the purples and greens and pinks pop out. The comments have been humorous--today in the Starbuck's drive-through, the barista dropped her jaw and then said "Alright. What color?"

Poor Larry. He thought he was just joining me for a coffee. Little did he know that he would soon have the wonders of concealer revealed to him. For reasons like this, anyone who knows me will tell you to stay far far away from my "coffee dates"...

Are you purchasing anything from MAC's Venomous Villains collection? What are your thoughts on dual/multi-chrome polishes?

32 comments:

coffretgorge said...

wow, they really look alike, from the bottle to the nails! thanks for sharing this :)

hahaha i love that pic of larry its so funny :P lol that rhymed! :))

Mrs. Official Superficial said...

I'm not a fan of MAC nail polishes..They always chip so quickly with or without a base for me. Which one holds longer? I love that color though..very unique.

Muhsine said...

Wow that polish looks gorgeous, I'm so uninterested in the VV collection too. But, this looks like a hit, I'll see if I can hunt the orly one down :) Glad you had a lovely B'day. X

ladyb said...

glad you had a fab birthday, I am not much of a metalic nail person, but you seem to have a way with them recently and am tempted to try a few out - any reccs?

fantastic said...

@coffretgorge: identical! Iarry's a trooper hehe

@mrssuperficial: I don't like Mac polishes either..I often like the colors in the bottle, but tue formulas can be so wonky

@muhsine: yes definitely go for the orly! I've actually worn this for work, & in reality it's not as jarring as you'd guess

@0ladyb0: hmm..I think orly's metallics are quite good. They don't come out looking like loads of glitter. Some zoya ones are nice, as is minx..but that's a bit different..although very metallic!

leiluv31 said...

PRETTTY! I'm going to Sally's since I hear they still have the Orly 2 for $10 deal. I hope this is in stock. Btw, I agree w/the dislike for MAC polishes, which IMO are very similar to Estee Lauder lacquers--overpriced/overrated. :-)

NONU6 said...

LOVE!!! And a late Happy Birthday!!

fantastic said...

@leiluv31: did you find it?

@nonu: thanks girly ;)

Tali said...

I just got the green VV polish online and am chewing my own hands off waiting for it to arrive COME ON!! lol xx

tina_mbc said...

Yes, MAC totally came second this time around!
And I love those Orly ones, yours and Galaxy Girl (MAC came out w their VV version that's identical) are the ones I 'd consider getting...!

But... I dunno, doesn't Space Cadet look like a gold bug a bit? It's a nice duochrome, but not sure I can overcome the insect resemblance, lol! :)

xx

fantastic said...

@tali: let me know what you think!

@Tina: that's it!!! And now that you say that, I'm feeling I'll..I don't like many bugs...bleggghh

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