Yes, I’m finally getting to the one I sneak peeked a while back! I have kind of a love/hate relationship with this polish, for reasons that will become evident…
Gargantuan Green Grape came out way back in 2005 in the Summer Brights Collection! I actually had to look this up because I wouldn’t have taken this for a bright. Then again, another one I have from that collection is Significant Other Color and that one is definitely not a bright, so who knows? So GGG has been part of the core line forever, if you call ten years forever, which I do. In the land of nail lacquer, that’s an eternity! They brought this out in a matte version in 2009 back when everybody and their sister was gaga over mattes, but I avoid them like the plague so I don’t have any of those.
.Like most white based pastels, it’s a nightmare to work with this one. It’s thin, streaky, patchy, you name it. But I put up with it because I loved the color and there really wasn’t anything close to it, (I’ve since found alternatives, which I’ll go into below). There are other mint greens, sure, but they were either too blue, or too dark, or had a shimmer, or whatever. This was the perfect light mint green pastel creme! Well, except for actually using it…..
“So what’s the problem?” you might say. “Looks okay to me.” Well, I’ll tell you. For starters, you’re looking at six coats there, ladies and gentlemen. That’s right, SIX persnickety, careful coats! So six chances for everything to go terribly, terribly wrong. For instance, you might notice that dent in the ring finger. Yep that happened when I knocked it against a bottle on the end table reaching for the Seche Vite. At that point, I damn sure wasn’t going to try to take off the polish on one nail to do over, because we all know in that way lies madness. This happens so often that I finally faced facts and realized that I had to do something. Options included:
- Cleaning off the damned end table (I’ve tried that before, somehow it replenishes itself when I’m not looking)
- Paying attention to what I’m doing when I’m reaching for something (Squirrel!!!)
- Getting one of those grabby things from Sally to use with cotton balls so I won’t mess up the other fingers
I’ve always laughed at those things. Like what kind of delicate flower needs an implement for a cotton ball so that their delicate little fingertips won’t get sullied. It’s like people who use a bridge stick when they play pool. Just swing the cue behind your damned back like a grown up and carry on with it! Or using tongs to pull food out of hot grease. Don’t be a baby, that’s what long nails are for!
Anyway, I didn’t get the grabby thing for a while, so I can’t promise there aren’t any more blemished nails coming up, but sometime after this I reached my breaking point and got one. Behold! So simple, yet so useful! The only concession I’ve had to make is that I buy those big-ass cotton balls and the claw can’t contain all of their awesomeness at once. So I have to cut them down, which makes them last longer. So all the better, I guess.
But, onward with the touchy little number that is Gargantuan Green Grape. You have to be careful with the application. It’s hard to get a good cuticle line as it’s prone to flooding, so it’s necessary to leave room for the Holy Ghost (it’s a Catholic thing…) and hope for the best. And if you try to just brush it on, you could put on 33 coats and it would still be streaky. Instead you sort of turn the brush horizontally and lay the polish down on the nail instead of just brushing it across. But, the results were usually worth it, until….
I got a butterLONDON polish called Fiver. I’ve had it so long that I don’t remember the circumstances behind it, but I’m sure it was some kind of a sale (natch). Then I got it home and compared swatch sticks and it looked just like GGG. Damn! I could have gotten whatever other color I was considering. But I loved this one soooo much! Everytime I love a color soooo much, I’m sure to have at least one, usually several, just like it at home.
However, while it’s not a perfect application (it is a white based pastel, after all) it’s a complete dream compared to GGG. Good going, BL! So that solved that.
Fast forward to this year’s OPI collection for spring, Hawaii, and I’m not completely thrilled with it, but they have one I really love. That’s Hula-rious!. Yeah, that’s highlarious, OPI. But I wised up and decided the reason I like it is because it looked like GGG and Fiver. Not going to be fooled again! Then I got the mini set (my mini set addiction is worthy of a complete post of its own) and that was one of them!
Around the same time I also picked up an OPI base coat called Put a Coat On! on clearance at Sally that’s supposed to be used with brights and neons to intensify them. It’s a solid white so I got it thinking it might help those multiple coat polishes that are such a hassle. The following is the results of those labors.
From left to right: That’s Hula-rious!, Gargantuan Green Grape, Fiver. As you can see from the bottles, Hula-rious is way different. That also might be a reason that I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, so the mini will do me fine. The GGG and Fiver don’t look a whole lot alike, but maybe that’s because of the different bottle, because they’re a lot closer on the nail. Observe….
From index to pinky, that’s Fiver, GGG, Hula and GGG with the white base coat. As you can see, Hula isn’t even in the same ballpark, much more yellow. So much so it makes the other look practically blue in comparison and they don’t look blue at all on their own.
The Fiver looks a skosh lighter in the picture than GGG (they’re practically bang on in person) but that could be because that’s SIX coats of GGG to THREE of Fiver. And I could have gotten away with two coats, but I did three on Hula so I wanted to have an even comparison. Even with SIX coats, you can still see bald patches on the GGG. To be totally fair, I didn’t top coat any of them and that might have helped. I also didn’t baby it as much as I would have if it was going to be an actual mani.
I have to give a big pinky up! to Put a Coat On, though. While it looks a little patchy in the picture, it didn’t seem that much in person. Also (hold on to your hat), that’s only two coats. TWO! Had I noticed the patchy, I would have done another coat and I usually do three anyway. As for the base coat, it was such a solid white that I thought it might go on like Liquid Paper. No way! It went on smooth as silk and was completely opaque in one coat! I’m going to try it with some of my other really sheer but not necessarily patchy polishes to try and reduce the VNL. Never mind that i have like half a dozen different whites for that purpose…..ha!
Speaking of green, I had what I thought was a pretty cool mani for St. Patrick’s Day so that might bump a few others back, just to be somewhat timely. Yes, it irks me that St. Patrick’s color is BLUE, for God’s sake, not green! And, yes, back in the day I was a smart ass who wore St. Patrick’s Blue and dared someone to pinch me. But I’ve mellowed a bit since then and just go along with the masses these days.
But in looking through my to be posted manis just now, I do have one that could be deemed a nice St. Patrick blue that I had on shortly before this week. Hmmmm….Maybe I’m still a rebel, just a subconscious one….