|Notice that not one of these polishes is the color of an actual tangerine.|
|Not even close to the color of a tangerine!|
GAP Poppy dried to that semi-matte rubber-like finish. I wasn't too keen on this finish the first time I came across it, but now that I've seen it more I think it fits with some colors. This is one of those colors and I didn't feel the need for a glossy top coat. GAP polishes are available at most GAP stores and normally sell for $6, but they have frequent sales.
SinfulColors Citrine, the dupe for Tangerine Tango, was nearly exactly the same color as Poppy, but super shiny. If it didn't have the VNL I think I would have loved this one the best. I don't think Citrine is part of the core line of colors but I had no trouble finding it. SinfulColors are available at Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Target and normally sell for $1.99, with frequent BOGO 50% off or 99¢ sales. They are also available at the Walgreens website if you don't have a store near you.
Ulta Roaring To Go is probably my favorite of the four. It was not quite as red as Poppy and Citrine and it was more opaque, so there was no dreaded VNL. It didn't dry as glossy as Citrine, but I usually wear a top coat of Seche Vite anyway, so that gives me my shine. Obviously, it's available at Ulta stores and on their website and it's part of their Walk On The Wild Side collection. It normally sells for $7.50 but you can always get a coupon if you're on their mailing list and if you are an Ulta Rewards member you get points for free stuff. Sign up, it's free!
OPI Y'all Come Back Ya Hear? is an odd duck. It's a sheer jelly and, while I love a shiny jelly finish and I like the sheerness in colors like the NYC Ballet collection, I wasn't as taken with it in orange. I do like it, though, and it looked amazing in Anna's post comparing it to Zoya Coraline, so I'll just have to give it another try. This was part of their Texas collection last year so I'm not sure how available it is now. As I said, I found it on the clearance rack at Ulta earlier this summer so look around.
So, there you have it! If you haven't yet jumped on the tangerine bandwagon, either because you didn't want to shell out $17 for the official color or because you just weren't sure that orange was the color for you, give one of these a try. None of these is a shocking neon orange and at least one of them is bound to be flattering on your skin tone. I was a bit timid to try orange myself at the beginning of the summer, but now I'm a convert and it's one of my favorite colors. Orange you glad I did?