Just a little disclaimer: I know these swatches are so messy. I’ve realized that for this blog I just NEED to clean up my edges because the messy polish looks really bad! I will try to start doing that in future swatches.
Have you been searching for the perfect mint green? Have you been disappointed when buying something marketed as mint green but it turns out too blue? Fear no more! I have 4 “mint green” nail polishes to show and dissect for you to ease your shopping struggle. Keep in mind, I only have 4 mint green nail polishes and I’m sure there are tons more (e.g. Barry M Mint Green, MAC Peppermint Patti (LE), MAC Mischievous Mint (LE but recent), and probably a whole lot more that I am unaware of) The one’s I’m showing you are: Revlon Minted, Essie Mint Candy Apple, American Apparel Office, and China Glaze Re-fresh Mint (my favorite).
First, I’m going to talk about them individually (in order from favorite to least favorite), and then we will compare and contrast! Keep in mind, nail polish looks different both on different people, and in different lighting. There’s nothing wrong with that, that’s life! Also, I’m reviewing the polishes based on their “mint green”-ness, not on the color itself. I like all of these colors, some of them just aren’t mint green (in my opinion)
This is my favorite!
-Very opaque (perfect in 2 coats)
-Not too green and not too blue
- Good/Fair price for what you’re getting!
Not my fave, not least fave, but still a lovely color.
-Needed 3 coats at least for an opaque finish (was streaky)
-Looks a little “dirty” on my nail (like it had grey added to it)
-GREAT price/widely accessible
Not my favorite!
-TOO blue, seems closer to Tiffany Blue than mint green.
-Watery Application, but only needed 2 coats.
-Wear was just “okay”
-A little expensive (and now hard to find)
-Looked very dirty (like they added gray again)
-Pretty streaky. Needed at least 2 coats, 3 would be ideal to look as good as the others.
-Overpriced for the quality, It separates in the bottle VERY QUICKLY.
- Dov Charney (AA’s owner) is a creep and I don’t want to support his company (bought this before the scandals came back around!)
My final thoughts: All of them are good colors! I just wouldn’t consider them all mint.
As for “dupes” I think in most lighting and on my skin tone Minted was just a tad darker than Re-Fresh Mint, and AA Office was darker than Minted and had a more dirtier finish. I think Re-fresh Mint is comparable to Mint Candy Apple, but Mint Candy Apple has a ton of blue in it that make it look like an aqua, or a light version of Tiffany Blue.
Now, are you ready to see which is which? Here’s the “unveiling!” (not that it wasn’t obvious from me showing it on my individual fingers before…haha)
What is your mint nail polish of choice?