Mega-Lemming Fulfilled: Clarins 209 Ocean Bleu Abysse

Nail polish is one hell of drug. I’ve been lemming Clarins 209 Ocean Bleu Abysse since time began. I had just about given up hope when someone (who I am now forever indebted too) alerted me to this weird nail polish e-tailer. I say it’s weird because the site carried several discontinued Clarins colors for half price – absolutely shocking. This site also had Dior Liquorice in stock. That definitely raised some red flags because Liquorice was supposed to be a Nordstrom exclusive. But I figured, whatever, I’ll take the gamble. I’m glad I did – I mean, sure, my bottle of Liquorice has the serial number shaved off with a dremmel but it’s all good. Now I own the coveted Clarins 209 *and* I got to stick it to the man. As a side not, The Nailphile is planning to post a comparison soon as well and according to her, Sparitual Solitude is dead on for Clarins 209.

For those of you who want Clarins 209 but don’t have access to it you can try L.A. Girl Flare Bedazzle which is still readily available online.

It’s not an exact dupe but definitely good enough. 209 is darker and more pigmented. In fact, I’d say that 209 is borderline too thick especially when compared to Bedazzle that needed 3 coats to reach opacity and bottle color. Bedazzle can also potentially cause a good bit of cuticle drag so it’s going to require a longer wait period between coats. Finally, 209 dries glossy and Bedazzle dries matte like a neon. Of course, I think it’s worth it to own both. ; )

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5 Responses to “Mega-Lemming Fulfilled: Clarins 209 Ocean Bleu Abysse”

  1. vampyvarnish Says:

    Very nice blue, it looks great on you! Are you going to swatch the Liquorice?

  2. pretear Says:

    Yup, I did a while ago but haven’t had the chance to put it up yet. : )

  3. Jason Says:

    Funny, but I have two bottles of Claris 209. I bought two (I usually don’t buy more than one of any color) because I liked it that much.

    When I see a color posted (like here) that I like, then I buy one and try it. If I really like it, I buy another before it becomes hard to get.
    So, thank you pretear and others for the great ‘try before you buy’ opportunity!

  4. arkanefyre Says:

    Oooh, and what is this weird e-tailer that you speak of?

  5. pretear Says:

    Jason – : ) You’re very welcome and it was one of your pics of 209 that brought the lemming back to life lol.

    Arkanefyre – I’m sorry. : ( I’m not at liberty to disclose that information. It’s the only way to corral the scalpers.

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