China Glaze Whimsical Comparisons

When I originally posted about China Glaze Whimsical, I promised to dig around looking for dupes. I went stash diving and, sadly, I have nothing good to report. Whimsical seems to be in a league of its own as far as my stash goes. There were two possible candidates judging from bottle color alone, but the ultimate effect on the nail was not similar at all.

The base color of OPI Significant Other Color, which is pink-leaning-towards-lilac, seemed similar to Whimsical’s base color. SOC is a sheer layering polish with a predominantly green duochrome shimmer. Estee Lauder Shimmering Pink, a frosty very light pink, was chosen because it exhibits a very beautiful ultra fine green and pink shimmer in bottle. I thought that type of shimmer might reproduce the ethereal quality of Whimsical on the nail, even though the base color was visibly dissimilar. Both these colors were untrieds so I wasn’t sure what they would look like in practice.

Clearly, not close at all. Shimmering Pink was very frosty, no me gusta. The shimmer wasn’t very apparent and the pink shimmer was more dominant than the green. This is 5 coats of color. I wasn’t too impressed with the swatch, but I’ll wait to do a full mani before I kick this one. Significant Other Color has a pinker base color – Whimsical is more mauve. This is 4 coats of SOC and 4 coats of Whimsical.

I took this shot with my nails slightly angled, catching more light to display the shimmer. Here the differences between the shimmer in Whimsical and the shimmer in SOC is more obvious. SOC displays a much stronger green cast and doesn’t build to the same level of opacity as Whimsical. Significant Other Color, at least in the bottle, is one of the most impressively beautiful polishes ever made, but the duochrome magic just doesn’t translate to the nail. That is, until you layer it over black, then the winning never stops. I do plan to wear it this way some day but if you need instant swatch gratification check out Love Varnish’s swatch of SOC over black. Pretty amazing, huh?


4 Responses to “China Glaze Whimsical Comparisons”

  1. Kathryn Says:

    The first time I saw Whimsical it reminded me of Essie Buy Me a Cameo, which is beautiful in the bottle but not so much on my nails. I think it deserves a second look and maybe 3 coats next time.

  2. Jenny Says:

    I really like the look of Whimsical, but Significant Other Color just became a lemming that is such a lovely color <3

  3. beachgal Says:

    Ohh – good – I used to were Sig Other Color a lot and have not had it out/on for some time…I need to dig and find it..mine I often put a opaque nude underwear on it – like along the line of Essie Sand Tropez hue. Been liking what I have seen of some of the new fall EL’s – this one is too pink frost for me – esp anytime outside of prime spring time.

  4. Steph Says:

    Kat – Maybe using something like Barielle Camo underneath?

    Jenny – It really is a pretty awesome color – wish OPI would do some more like that.

    beachgal – Yeeeees, dig it out. : )

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