Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tangerine Tango Comparisons

Pantone has declared Tangerine Tango to be the color of 2012 (even though I personally declared it to be Mojito Madness back in June) so I thought I had better get some comparisons up here before 2012 was over. Pantone teamed up with Sephora to release an official Tangerine Tango nail polish in four different finishes. Well, I didn't get that. (It was $17 for the set of four and I only wanted the creme finish.) I read on another blog that SinfulColors Citrine was an exact dupe of Tangerine Tango and I snapped that one up at the recent 99¢ sale at Walgreens because 99¢ is a way better deal than $17. Then I got to thinking I should compare it to the other oranges I've been picking up this summer. Comparison post!
Notice that not one of these polishes is the color of an actual tangerine.
Before you start pointing out that these four polishes probably added up to more than $17, consider that I never would have used the three other finishes of the Pantone/Sephora set, and that I'm too cheap frugal sensible to pay full retail price for a polish I'm not absolutely certain I'm going to love to pieces. The Ulta Roaring to Go I got for free with my Ulta rewards points, the SinfulColors Citrine was on sale for a mere 99¢, the OPI Y'all Come Back Ya Hear? was on the clearance rack at Ulta for around $5, and the GAP Poppy was on sale for $3.60, for a grand total of under $10. Way better than $17 for three polishes I'd never use, right? So let's get to the comparisons...
Not even close to the color of a tangerine!
The formulas were great with all of these, but Y'all Come Back Ya Hear? is a jelly so there was still visible nail line with four coats. I do love a jelly finish, but four coats? Not quite sure I'll do a full mani with it...   Even Citrine had a slight VNL with two coats, but slight enough to live with. All four are two coats over a base coat and no top coat, except the four coats for Y'all Come Back Ya Hear?

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?


  1. Love this comparison! I think I need Citrine.

    1. You should get it now if you can find it. I don't think it's part of the core line and I've read that it's getting hard to find because it's so popular.

  2. Great comparison! I really like Citrine! I don't think I've seen it around..must hunt it down now!

    1. Jennifer, my Walgreens really stocked up for their recent 99¢ sale so I found a lot of colors they didn't have before (including Last Chance, ha ha) so good luck! I think it was originally part of the Pop Wow collection.