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This was mainly a lot of messing around. I acquired a few different green polishes and I was worried that I'd just bought the same polish in three different colors. Lucky for me, that turned out not to be the case.

First, we have my favorite of the three, Zoya Tracie:

Tracie has been on my wish list for a while but I always vacillated about getting it; I don't know what took me so long! It's a gorgeous pearlescent green, somewhere between sage and pistachio.

It is a three coat polish; the polish is very sheer. On the other hand, unlike most pastels, it's not streaky at all and it opaques up beautifully.

The formula was good for such a sheer polish; not at all watery or hard to control. All these pictures are base application, with no clean up at all, so you can see what an easy polish it was to work with. A real dream; I look forward to wearing it again.

This is Julep Cindy. I know I've bagged on Julep a lot lately, but I did actually like this polish.

Cindy reminds me a bit of Zoya Ivanka, though it's lighter in color; it's one of those polishes that's neither fish nor fowl: it's not quite a glitter polish, but not quite a 'plain' enamel, either. A spring green polish completely mixed with a very flat milled silver glitter.

This is, iirc, 2 coats and it's not completely opaque...though I didn't really notice until I had them up in the light. 3 coats would probably do it. In any case, the formula is good: thin and flat, but not watery, dries very fast.

You can see here how sparkly Cindy is and how opaque it seems from a different angle. I feel like this is what's most disappointing about Julep, because when they're good, they're very good. Cindy is a polish I can and will use a lot.

Butter London Dosh is another from my wish list; I was very excited when Butter put it on sale for $10.

Dosh is an olive/lime green with a strong silvery shimmer. The polish starts out rather sheer; this is three coats, but the formula is good. It applies evenly and smoothly. 3 coats is still very thin on the nail. Dry time is average-fast.

I feel like I don't have much to say about Dosh. Not because it's not a great polish, but because it is. I'm also running out of energy, so I'm going to try and finish this up.

I do really love the ugly-pretty color of Dosh, though. It looks great against my skin tone and the gold/silver shimmer gives the polish interesting depth. Another one I'm looking forward to using a lot.

After swatching up those three, I didn't know what I wanted to do with myself, so I decided to try out OPI Swimsuit...Nailed it! from the 2011 Miss Universe collection.

It's an AMAZING sparkly, shiny peacock blue polish, almost like a foil.

The formula is great; thin but not watery, very opaque from the get-go. This is two, thin coats. Applies smooth and easy, dries quickly.

Warning: Swimsuit...Nailed it! STAINS. Badly. This is the one that I wore and then scrubbing with toothpaste couldn't get out all of the stains. It's such a gorgeous color, I can't face not wearing it again, but I'll definitely wear base coat.

It's just so pretty...

I decided to combine Swimsuit with Zoya Maisie, iridescent blue/green flakies in an translucent aqua base.

I LOVE flakie polishes. They transform polishes in such interesting, breathtaking ways. Maisie is no exception. Against the darker blue of Swimsuit, Maisie looks more green...but not entirely green, giving it a look a little like turquoise.

Look at how beautiful that is! Maisie applies like a dream; this is just one coat over Swimsuit and you can see how the flakies are evenly and generously distributed across the nail. No dabbing required, it flows well.

The sparkle of Swimsuit remained through the application of Maisie, meaning this was really intensely colored and completely gorgeous. Totally worth the PITA of scrubbing my nails after!

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