Here is a nice and tidy solution to satisfy any pocketbook, courtesy of seasonal café culinary research:

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Dior 575 Wonderland, Barry M GHS Grapefruit, Maybelline Color Show Rebel Bouquet LE 816 Rose Candy, Essence C&G The Matt 185 Candy Crush, Pop-arazzi Watermelon Spritz

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Essence still holds her own among these stunners even though she’s matte.  Gorgeous finish!

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Pop-arazzi has that Made in China chemical stonk, a la Kleancolor.

I only bought more of this brand cos it was on sale.

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Dior Wonderland

Barry M GHS Grapefruit

Maybelline Color Show Rebel Bouquet LE Rose Candy

Essence C&G Candy Crush (matte)

Pop-arazzi Watermelon Spritz

All, 2x.

Each was fine with one coat excepting Dior, which evened out beautifully to opacity on the second coat.

Maybelline was her usual very thin formula and could have used three coats…

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Dior Wonderland – $27 USD

Barry M GHS Grapefruit – $8 USD

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Maybelline Color Show Rebel Bouquet LE Rose Candy – $4 USD

Essence C&G Candy Crush – $2 USD

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Dior Wonderland – $27 USD

Pop-arazzi Watermelon Spritz – $1.50 USD (on sale)

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There are subtle distinctions among these varnishes, but truly, the most glaring is price point.

Each is infinitely more beautiful than she appears here.  No justice done in these images.

Since there are five, I can’t wait to do a Skittles with this lineup!

It’s a good thing, as I would not know which colour to choose for my juicy bright watermelon tips craving.

xx blueberry (make mine watermelon) milk tea

Mexico, The Cookbook

Margarita Carrillo Arronte

Phaidon, 2014