You saw my swatches and comparisons of Marc Jacobs Fluorescent Beige, Petra and Evelyn a couple of weeks ago. I am happy to report that I was finally able to finish swatching the rest of the Marc Jacobs bottles in my possession. (Thank you, Petah, for bringing these beauties into my life.)
Ready? Here we go.
Let’s start with Blue Velvet.
I actually swatched Blue Velvet twice. The first time I did, I felt like crying because of how pretty it was, especially under direct light. I felt like crying again when I removed it – because of the staining.
Here’s a confession: I don’t use a base coat when I’m swatching. It’s risky, I know, but having to apply a base coat would take up time – precious time you need when you’re trying to go through at least 10 colors per swatching session. But Blue Velvet taught me an importan lesson.
The second time I swatched it, I doubled up on base coat. And I was very very careful about removal, not rubbing like I usually do and instead swiping the cotton ball away from my cuticles. I also didn’t use the same cotton balls for multiple nails. All these things made removal easier and more effective. So that’s my warning – Blue Velvet could stain but it’s nothing that can’t be solved with a little extra care (and a lot of base coat). And I swear, Blue Velvet is worth the effort.
Marc Jacobs describes this as an iridescent deep ocean blue. It’s a gorgeous deep blue with blue-green shimmer. The green shimmer isn’t as visible on the nails but it still gives this polish depth. It’s darker on the nails than it is in the bottle.
The formula was very easy to work with. Application was a breeze. It was perfectly opaque after two coats. Despite the staining, this was one of my favorites from the collection.
I was stumped by Blue Velvet. I knew I didn’t have a polish that looked like it even in the bottle. In the end, I decided to just compare it with some of my favorite deep blue shades.
Obviously no dupes here.
Chanel Blue Satin and Dior Tuxedo are both darker; NARS Night Flight has bigger sparkle and has a blackened quality that Blue Velvet doesn’t have; and RBL Dead Calm is a creme not a shimmer. (This comparison reminded me of how much I love blue nail polish.)
Next is Desire.
Marc Jacobs describes this as “ruby red.” It’s a beautiful shimmery red that just glows. It’s one of my favorites from Marc Jacobs’ line. I love the formula too. Application was super easy. I used two coats.
I may have had a hard time coming up with shades to compare to Blue Velvet but I didn’t have that problem with Desire. One look and I instantly knew which colors I’d watch it with.
Still, no dupes.
a-england Perceval, which I thought would be close, is darker; NARS Rouge Andalou has an orange tinge that Desire doesn’t have; and Chanel Rouge Carat has pink shimmer. The closest color was Deborah Lippmann’s Run, Rudolph, Run but there was still a big difference – Run, Rudolph, Run has red flakies, giving it more sparkle.
Next is Nirvana.
Marc Jacobs describes this as a “dark army green.” And yep, that’s what it is. It’s a creme. Oddly, despite the deep color, I needed to use three coats before I became satisfied with this shade’s opacity.
Given the abundance of dark greens in my collection, I thought for sure that I’d have a Nirvana dupe in one of my Helmers.
But I was wrong.
Dior Amazonia and Chanel Mysterious both have a lot of brown that Nirvana doesn’t have; RBL’s Orbis Non Sufficit is lighter and has a dusty grey quality; and Zoya Envy is darker.
Ah, Stone Jungle.
Because I’ve been on a constant search for a great silver polish, I was really excited about this. Described by Marc Jacobs as “metallic silver,” in the bottle, Stone Jungle really is the perfect silver. But once applied, like a lot of chrome shades, Stone Jungle will show every ridge and imperfection on your nails – even ones you didn’t know you had. This is the nail polish equivalent of those scary magnifying mirrors that show your every pore.
If you can get over that, if you can resist scrutinizing every line on your nail while wearing this, if you remind yourself that it looks really really good from about a foot away, then go for this shade. It seems to be a hot seller – it’s already sold out on Sephora.com.
Personally, I will buy (and apply) a ridge filler before trying this shade again.
I pulled out some of my silver bottles to compare.
NARS Space Odyssey was the sheerest of these silvers and has micro-glitter; a-england Excalibur is a metallic silver that is not as shiny as Stone Jungle; and Deborah Lippmann’s Stardust has glittery qualities that Stone Jungle doesn’t have. The closest shade is MAC’s $$$$$ Yes but it’s slightly lighter and isn’t as metallic as Stone Jungle. All four shades were more forgiving than Stone Jungle – they didn’t show as many imperfections and nail ridges. But that’s also because none of these shades are as chrome-like as Stone Jungle.
This is Snap! – yes, with an exclamation point.
Marc Jacobs describes this as “mandarin orange.” And that description makes me smile because I loved eating Mandarin oranges as a child. Snap! has a yellow tinge. It sometimes reminds me of apricots. I like the formula too – this orange is easy to apply. I used two coats.
Some of my favorite oranges came out to play with Snap!
Again, no dupes.
Chanel Holiday is darker and leans red; YSL Ultra Orange is a lot more neon and is a jelly; NARS TV Party doesn’t have Snap!’s yellow tinge. The closest shade is Topshop Flash but it’s still not a Snap! twin.
Sadly, Snap! is the last shade in our Marc Jacobs swatchfest. But I’m pretty sure you will be seeing more shades from his Enamored line on Polish Police because yes, like Pokemons, I still plan to collect them all. (Ignore the bit about Pokemons – I have no idea how you would collect those.)