If you missed PART ONE of this series and would like to see my thoughts on the consistency, dry-time, brush, etc. of these polishes, please click here.
Today I'm going to focus on one polish in the newly-reformulated collection from Wet n Wild. I didn't plan it that way (I was actually going to cover four shades, like I did in Part One), but thanks to a comment from reader Impoverished by Polish, I felt the need to focus on just this one particular shade (more on that in a second):
Wet n Wild Megalast Nail Polish in I Need A Refresh-Mint
(retail: $1.99, 0.45 oz)
At first glance, this polish looks like one in a sea of many, many pastel mint green cremes that have flooded the drugstores over the past few years. But upon closer inspection, you'll see that it's NOT really a mint-green, but more of a blue-tinged mint green.
Two coats of I Need a Refresh-Mint, no top coat
Do you notice anything strange about the above picture? Well what if I told you that on TWO of my fingers, I'm wearing a totally different nail color by another brand?
OK, enough playing around. Here's the big reveal:
Yep, I'm wearing China Glaze For Audrey on my index and ring fingers!
I know that in the above bottle shots, it looks like For Audrey is the greener of the two, but on the NAIL, For Audrey actually has a hint more blue to it. Look again and maybe you can see it:
It was incredibly difficult for me to capture the slight differences between the two polishes in photographs, but in real life you can see the blue in For Audrey a teeny bit more, while I Need A Refresh-Mint reads a TINY bit more green on the nail. But honestly? Who is ever going to look that closely other than nail freaks? (And I include myself in that category, of course.)
BOTTOM LINE: If you already own China Glaze For Audrey, you do not need Wet n Wild I Need A Refresh-Mint. But if you don't already own For Audrey (one of my personal faves from China Glaze), then Wet n Wild I Need A Refresh-Mint would be a nice, low-cost alternative.
PS: I Need A Refresh-Mint has a good consistency (a tiny bit on the thick side but nothing intolerable). The first coat goes on streaky but the second coat yields fantastic opacity. However, it's not without its faults. The brush that came with my bottle is rough, meaning the bristles aren't as soft as they could be. This led to visible brush marks on my nails after this polish dried, but you have to look closely to see them (a clear top coat makes them practically invisible).
A HUGE thanks to Impoverished by Polish for the heads-up on this drugstore dupe!
Do you own I Need A Refresh-Mint and/or For Audrey? How do YOU think they compare? Please check back soon for the next post in my ongoing series covering all of the shades in the new Wet n Wild Megalast collection.
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