I didn’t jump on the Chanel Jade bandwagon back in 2009, but I did purchase Jade Rose a year later without ever realizing her sibling’s stratospheric popularity. Allow me to present to you my quintet of lookalike greens with shimmer, which all have either too much yellow or too much saturation to be worn well on my hands or feet — they will be for sale as a prix fixe lot shortly on the auction site, to U.S. addresses only. My post office has lost so many domestic and international shipments in the past year; hence, I have become rather conservative in my mailing behavior these days…

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Essence C&G 150 Upper Green Side, Catrice 240 Sold Out Forever, Claire’s Dream Catcher, Milani 829 Dress Maker, Colorama Absinto

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From top, Essence, Catrice, Claire’s, Milani, Colorama.  Microshimmer is visible in all; it’s green in all but Essence, which is blue…

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Same order as above:  Essence and Catrice look similar in the overcast Monday weather to 1970s appliances shade “avocado”…

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Shimmer shots:  pretty!

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All nail wheel photos are three coats each varnish.  Essence was fine with one, but Claire’s needed three, so for the sake of consistency…

Comparison notes:

Essence 150 Upper Green Side:  contains the most yellow of the quintet and is the only one with blue shimmer.  A one-coater, thick and even.

Catrice 240 Sold Out Forever (old version):  the dustiest of the bunch, with same bright green shimmer as Claire’s, Milani and Colorama.  Good formula and brush.

Claire’s Dream Catcher:  beautiful bottle color, terrible thin, streaky formula.  I’ve only swatched this on a nail wheel — perhaps it performs differently for a manicure.

Milani 829 Dress Maker:  what Dream Catcher should have been.  Even, solid coverage at two coats; three is better.  I would hold on to this one if the shade flattered me.

Colorama Absinto:  Love this.  Brighter and more saturated than all of the others, but with more finely ground green shimmer that has less of a sheen than Dress Maker’s.  A definite keeper.  Will order another from Brazil and add this one to the lot.

xo blueberry milk tea

Post-production data:  gingham background is a notebook from Daiso.