Happy Valentine’s Day! Time to compare Urban Outfitter’s Sea Dust and Deborah Lippmann’s Mermaid’s Dream. Both are pale seafoam green with teal micro glitter and blue hexagonal glitter pieces. But here come the differences… MD has more seafoam pigment to the base, SD has a more clear base. MD has some small gold and teal glitter, SD has small silver glitter. SD also has larger hexagonal holographic glitter, but most of them all have sunk to the bottom. I prefer Mermaid’s Dream, but since I already have Sea Dust and they are so close in person, I don’t really see the point in buying both.
I discovered Mystic through another nail polish blog. Mystic is supposed to be a dupe for Deborah Lippmann’s Ray of Light. Mystic is a dark blue jelly like Ray of Light and the holographic flakies are identical. But the difference is the opacity. Ray of Light is more pigmented than Mystic. I prefer Ray of Light, but if you don’t want to fork over $16, Mystic is perfectly fine as a dupe.
Voodoo is an amazing color! It’s a cross between gunmetal and pewter with the smallest hint of purple and green. The first coat is so sheer I thought that this color would be awful, but after the second coat I realized you need to really load the brush up with polish if your nails are long. I had a problem with balding if I didn’t let it completely dry between coats. Below is 1-3 coats from left to right and a swatch of 3 coats.
Barstool is an odd greyish blue. It’s very sheer so I would consider it a jelly. If you don’t want a visible nail line you are gonna have to use 4 coats. I found that the formula is a little streaky so it takes a few tries to get the hang of applying it. Wait until a coat has completely dried before adding another coat. Below is 1-4 coats from top to bottom and a swatch of 3 coats.
Went to Urban Outfitters with my sister and took advantage of the 2 for $8 deal. Wow, they have awesome colors! I will be swatching these babies soon! From left to right: Sea Dust, Voodoo, Barstool, Mystic.