Friday, October 17, 2014

OPI DS Tourmaline and Barry M Green Berry are two nail polishes that prove that sometimes things are not what they seem

Although I have been blogging and taking pics for several years now, I still find it difficult to decide what I need to buy.  The more I see, the less I know.  Sometimes I look up swatches of something just to help me decide, I'm sure you guys do it too, and that's probably why you are here today.  However, I can tell you that pictures can be unintentionally deceiving.

These two nail polishes are the perfect example of the discrepancies between photos and reality.  On one hand, we have the OPI, looking so dull, like a regular obnoxious barbie pink, perhaps.  It seems a bit chunky and "dupable".  In reality, it is one of the most sparkly beauties I've seen.  Unique in my stash.  Not only is it packed with gorgeous iridescent glitters, but it has tons of shimmer.  The color is not at all like in these pictures.

On the other hand, we have this Barry M, which looks fabulous and perfectly bright in the pictures below.  Magical, like the coveted Tiffany blue.  In real life, it looks like a neon green, and it resembles nothing to a robin egg blue.  It feels like it is one of those colors that looks different on different skin tonoes, and on mine it is just ok.

One of the reasons why constantly buy nail polish, is because I need to try them for myself and see if I am missing out or not.  Also, if they work with my skin tone or not.  So what I'm getting at, is that, there is no need to feel guilty for buying too many reds or too many blues, etc.  In my case, searching for the holy grail of purples is the most amusing part of collecting nail polish.  I know that I will never find it, but the thrill of the hunt is half the fun.

At the risk of sounding like an enabler, I have to say that, trying out nail polishes on your nails, is always the best way to find out if you like it or not.  Even as a Blogger, and knowing how pictures can be, I still have a hard time restraining myself from buying all of the pretty nail polishes out there!

Layering Order:
2 coats OPI DS Tourmaline
1 coat Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
no topcoat in these pictures


Layering Order:
2 coats Barry M Gelly Green Berry
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures


  1. Is it just me or does polish really look different once on than it does on a swatch on a fake nail held up to your hand? I find some polishes that didn't look that good when I held the swatch over, but once painted, they actually look great on me. You can't just tell from a picture on even from the bottle what a polish is REALLY going to look like. Sometimes you just have to wear it. And then some polishes that I didn't like at first ended up being polishes that I really loved wearing. Just as you said, you have to try them and see.

    1. It's not just you, I know what you mean. Sometimes I even see a difference throughout the day. I might love something in the morning and by the evening I'm over it, and want to take it off. Maybe that's why I polish so often :)

  2. I know what you mean. I do find photos misleading a lot of the time. And some photos just do not show the polish as it is. Take for example China Glaze's Sea Goddess collection. All the posts I had seen of the collection (pre and post release) looked terrible and horrible, then I happen to see photos that sold me on them (can't remember which blog but they showed the polishes as are). And once I had seen them, I knew I needed them. Now having worn and blogged most of them, what I could see on my nails was no where near what other people had blogged previously - apart from that one girl who captured them well :-)

    My photos and blogs might not be the best, but I always try to show the polish as I see it! Gives people a better idea of the polish ;-)

    These two look great. This a another great example. When I had seen photos of Tourmaline I wasn't sure, but now seeing your photos I'm in love ;-) It looks amazing :-D And so does the Barry M :-)

    1. Thanks! I know, there are some nail polishes out there that just never get the swatches they deserve. I could name so indie many brands: NailNation, Dance Legend, Glittering Elements, etc. While others get overhyped! Ones that come to mind (not indie) are the Nfu Oh Jellies, there is almost no way to make represent them as they are on camera. I own a few, and they are amazing in real life. What I tell people is you'll just have to trust me, best jellies ever.