By comparing to how the colors show online, Sammy and I take a stab at color-accuracy in swatches,. As E.L.F. is ever so rare in brick+mortar stores, I think comparing them to how they show up on screen is quite useful.
And if someone wants to school me on the physics behind why taking a photo of a monitor is a color-transform no-no, please do! My brain hurts when I try to think about it - it's just too meta.
(These are photographed in partial sun in front of a 2010 Macbook with a matte display on max brightness using the best browser ever. My pictures seem to show everything slightly warmer than in real life.)
(2 coats of) Smoky Brown #1561 is not as grey and desaturated as it paints on screen, but it is almost as dark. It separates easily and takes a lot of shaking/rolling to mix this creme.
(2-3 coats of) Desert Haze #1560 is a slightly warmer tan than on-screen, and a little darker. (Creme)
(3 coats of) Light Pink #1504 is just... pinker! ... than on-screen. It also has a slight neutral shimmer.
(2 coats of) Bubble Gum Pink #1507 is a little warmer than on-screen. (why is their website's "swatch" so different from their photo of the bottle anyways?) This is a creme, as pictured.
(2 coats of) Fluorescent Pink #1508 is not what I would call fluorescent.. more of a medium-dark cool pink creme.
(2 coats of) Hot Pink #1548 is more of a slightly cool-toned pinkish red creme.
(2 coats of) Mango Madness #1563 is much less orange than pictured. It's like a darker "Fluorescent Pink" with yellow-orange shimmer. Also, it's satin-ish-matte finish!
(2 coats of) Fuchsia #1547 is not as dark and marooney as pictured. It's a plummy, purplish pink creme.
(2 coats of) Red Velvet #1568 is most definitely not glittery or sparkly! it's a deep blood-red with a light red shimmer.
(2 coats of) Passion Pink #1564 is not pink at all! It's a very lovely pinkish orange creme.
I have the following additional thoughts on E.L.F. Nail Polish:
- When 60% off (as it was, a few months ago) you can own all 40 colors for just $16, or $23 after shipping and handling. If I wasn't paranoid that a $1 polish would totally suck, I really would have just bought the whole set.
- While B3F (big 3 free), this is the stinkiest polish I own. Possibly stinkier than Seche Vite. :o
- You only get 0.35 oz and not the usual 0.5 oz, because the bottle is not square! The online photos lead you to believe you get a nice square bottle, but they are actually shorter in one direction than the other:
- The cap takes a lot more effort to screw on and off. It takes 3 full revolutions (1080°) to remove! In comparison, a Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear only takes ~2.3 revolutions. It also just seems so much more tedious because the cap is square* and you can't roll it between your fingers. (*Yes, actually square, unlike the Chanel polishes that have a round grip under the square cap.)
There is something very satisfying about lining them all up in a row. c: