I don't post them often enough, but when it comes to NOPI Target exclusives, I am like a moth drawn to the proverbial flame. I'm usually not much for duochromes, so the fact that I was really into Mer-maid for Each Other was kind of a big deal. I also owned Chanel Peridot for a hot minute until I tried it and its gold to green duochrome was extremely not a good look on me. Mer-maid for Each Other is cooler in tone, the duochrome shifting more gold-green to turquoise. MUCH BETTER.
The fact that this is a mermaid polish I can get behind doesn't hurt, either.
Three coats with SV. Two would be okay if this brush wasn't ridiculous. More on that in a few.
I wonder if this might be a dupe for China Glaze Unpredictable from the brand-new New Bohemian collection. I haven't seen those polishes yet (I am avoiding Sally's like the plague ... thank you, LBFML '12), so I can't say for certain. In the meantime, let me link you to an excellent comparison post for this polish and OPI Just Spotted the Lizard on nailblog.net. This comparison perfectly illustrates my difficulty with Chanel Peridot and its many dupes. (Bonus linkage: Frances at Polka Polish has the first swatches I found of this NOPI the day I got it. Her bio says she is studying to be an opera singer. I AM INTRIGUED. Follow her blog -- her outfit of the day photos are pretty rad, too!)
The formula on this polish was fine and not terribly brushstroke-y, but I think the wider broom brush NOPI adopted last year really puts a cramp in the application, especially when you're dealing with borderline frosty metallics. The scary part was that the brush for this particular bottle was one of the less deformed broomy ones, so be careful if you find your brush in need of surgery. I recommend waiting maybe two, three minutes in between coats to avoid dragging due to the stupid, stupid brush. The payoff is totally worth it.
Other than that, I had no complaints. It dried quickly with SV and I wore this for three days with minor tip wear (I think my bottle of SV is dying).
Mer-maid for Each Other can be found exclusively at Target along with some new fall NOPI shades with a $7.04 USD price point. If you haven't seen it yet, I'm sure you will soon, as it seems like it'll be in the core Target NOPI display for at least until the holidays, or next spring. I've also read that some people are finding this polish at Ulta, so check your nearest store too!
What do you think? Mermaid-y enough for ya? When was the last time someone helped you work around your low-buy? Is this a better fit for you than any of the Peridot dupes? Do you know if this is comparable to any of the New Bohemians? I don't think I need Unpredictable, because I really did love this -- if the insane amount of pictures isn't enough to convince you, here you go.
BAM. The obligatory "surprise favorite" .gif I use to accompany my surprise favorite polishes.
Also sort of relevant to this post, I saw this little guy? gal? outside when I was trying to take pictures. I'm guessing it was hoping to inspect either the bucket of stuff we put out to compost the night before, or my mom's small veggie garden. There was a groundhog last year who wasn't fond of the eggplant -- he took a bite and moved on.
Work has been crazy bananas and this is all for me until next week, so have a good weekend! I'm off to a wedding on Saturday and I still haven't decided what I'm wearing (or re-wearing, as the case may be). :/