Friday, June 03, 2011

Swatch Comparison - Battle of the Mint Greens

Hey guys!

I'm SO glad that the weekend is finally here! The weeks seem to drag ever so slowly by now that I'm in class 5 days a week.

Today I have a swatch comparison for you of 5 different mint green nail polish shades. I recently stopped by a professional beauty supply store that sells Essie (I was originally looking for the Brazilliant collection, which they didn't have) and I came across some shades from some of the older collections, one of those being Mint Candy Apple. I knew that I already owned a few mint shades but I also knew that this was a really popular shade when it was released so I decided to get it anyways, if for nothing more than a comparison.

So, here it is compared with the other minty shades that I own.

Keep reading to see the comparison!

Essie Mint Candy Apple, China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint, GOSH Silky Mint, Revlon Minted, Nicole by OPI Hint of Mint

Essie Mint Candy Apple

China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint

Gosh Silky Mint

Revlon Minted

Nicole by OPI Hint of Mint

Essie Mint Candy Apple, China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint, GOSH Silky Mint, Revlon Minted, Nicole by OPI Hint of Mint

Essie Mint Candy Apple, China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint, GOSH Silky Mint

GOSH Silky Mint, Revlon Minted, Nicole by OPI Hint of Mint

As you can see, a few of these are quite similar. The Essie, China Glaze, and Revlon ones are most similar, so much so that I honestly don't think anyone needs all 3 of them. Mint Candy Apple is ever so slightly more dusty looking than the other two and Minted is just a smidge darker than Re-Fresh Mint, but like I said, all three are very similar.

GOSH Silky Mint isn't even a mint shade in my opinion and the only reason I included it was because the name of the polish includes the word mint. However, it's more jade than mint so it's worth having if you like that shade.

Nicole by OPI Hint of Mint is the only one here that has shimmer in it and it's also the lightest of the bunch. Although it's lighter than the others, I'd still call in a minty shade but it's more of a pearlescent mint.

Formula wise, Mint Candy Apple wins that battle hands down. It was the easiest to apply, it evened out perfectly, and it only needed 2 coats.
Hint of Mint comes in second in regards to formula but it required 4 coats for opacity so I had to knock some marks off for that.
Silky Mint comes in third, only because it needed 3 coats to even everything out.
The same goes for Re-Fresh Mint, which was also a little thicker than I would like.
Minted was the worst in formula out of all five shades, but it still wasn't difficult to work with, it just takes a little more patience to completely even it out.

Overall, if I had to pick one to keep/suggest, it would be Essie Mint Candy Apple. However, since it was limited edition, some of these other shades might be easier to come across (for example, I know for sure that both Re-Fresh Mint and Hint of Mint are open stock shades so you shouldn't have a problem coming across those).

I hope this comparison was helpful!
If there are any other shade comparisons you would like to see, let me know in the comments and I'll try my best to get it done for you.


  1. I have Revlon Minted and have been reaaallly wanting to buy CG Re-fresh Mint just because I love CG and am a nail polish hoarder, haha! Now I definitely don't think I'll buy it, since your swatches show that they're practically identical!

  2. OPI's Mermaid's Tears could have fit in here!

  3. I keep reading the Revlon's formula is sucky when it comes to cremes, which is why I haven't tried this one even though I love the colour. I might give the CG a go :)

  4. I love mint color but don't have much of them, now I know which ones not to buy double of, thanks!

  5. I like China Glaze Refreshmint the best .

  6. I agree with Cassandra on this - Mermaid's Tears would be a nice comparison.

  7. I despise Minted. I have never hated a polish more than I hate Minted. And it's so sad because the colour (and the price!) are so great. But another great cheapie, is Joe Fresh Mint. LOVE LOVE LOVE that one. Joe Fresh has great colours and fairly reasonable formulas.


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