Since I have so many blue polishes, I thought I might showcase one each week for a Blue Monday post, starting with Nubar's Boyfriend Jeans. As usual, I found out about the Les Jeans de Chanel collection about a year after they came and went and fell in love with Blue Boy. But, fortunately for me, in that time period Nubar released dupes of the collection and I was able to get all three colors for less than the cost of one Chanel! (I love a bargain...)
|Here's the whole set in its somewhat battered plastic case.|
I really like the faded denim color of Boyfriend Jeans — it's different enough from the other blues in my collection in that it's a more muted shade of a medium blue. I also liked that it's a creme, so I can either wear it as is or embellish it with any number of effects polishes layered over it. Essie's Luxeffects and Finger Paints Special Effects come to mind...
|The tone makes it almost a neutral, don't you think?|
The formula was a bit thinner than I'm used to, which meant that it leveled well, but did bleed into my cuticles a bit, as you can see from my photos. I find blue to be a really hard color to clean up because the pigments show so strongly against my skin color. I used three coats here, with my usual Seche Vite topcoat. It wore pretty well through two days of work, although I did find that it began to look faded for some reason by the time I took it off. Maybe I was just bored with it at that point.
|Bottle shot, with the rest behind. Yes, I should have put the lighter one on the right. Shoot me.|
I really like that polish companies are duping the designer brands, for a number of reasons. First of all, naturally, is the price. A polish would have to be amazing and unique for me to justify spending upwards of $25 on a single bottle. Also, I hardly ever empty a bottle of polish, so it's not worth spending the money when I can get "close enough" for so much less. I understand that formulas are different and that there are little extras, like subtle shimmers, that might be in the original, but it's rarely been enough of a draw for me to shell out the big bucks. So far, KOH Blue Universe has been the only one to even tempt me, and that's only because I have a friend who is heading over to the Netherlands for a few weeks and she has promised to look for it, if possible.
But never fear — I have plenty of blues to get through the rest of the year, at least!