left to right: Emerald Sparkle v2.0; Good Emerald Sparkle; Emerald Sparkle v2.0; Watermelon Rind with flash
Ahhhhhh China Glaze. EK and I love you very very much. But sometimes, you do stupid things. Like release a fake version of a very popular, in-demand polish.
I'm talking about the famous Emerald Sparkle, of course. A few years back, China Glaze released this amazing polish called Emerald Sparkle and everyone went bananas over it. So, clearly, it sold out. China Glaze was amazing enough to re-release Emerald Sparkle so that hoards of fans could buy back-ups, or just buy the polish if they missed out the first time around.
However, we polish fans quickly discovered that the second release of Emerald Sparkle was not the green goddess we loved the first time. The second release of Emerald Sparkle was really like a different polish! I guess China Glaze figured out that we weren't too happy about this, because they brought back the Original, Better Emerald Sparkle for the Holiday 2009 season. Today, I have a comparison of the 2nd mediocre release of Emerald Sparkle (we'll call it Emerald Sparkle v2.0) and the good version brought back for Holiday 2009. I also included Watermelon Rind (from Summer 2009's Summer Days collection) for kicks, even though it's very obviously not the same color.
You can see in this picture, the good version of ES is a much deeper green and less blue than Release #2.
left to right: Emerald Sparkle v2.0; Original and 2009 version of Emerald Sparkle; Emerald Sparkle v2.0; Watermelon Rind with flash
Interestingly enough, the good version of ES requires three coats to be opaque, as it is really a jelly polish will suspended glitter. ES v2.0 requires only two coats, as it is your typical everyday glitter polish.
Top to bottom: Emerald Sparkle v2.0; Good Emerald Sparkle; Emerald Sparkle v2.0; Watermelon Rind with flash
Overall, I like both versions, but I like the original jelly polish the best. Sadly, the jelly polish is EK's and v2.0 is mine. LOL. Oh well, I guess I can borrow hers!
We wanted to also show you all of these mattified. No matter what version you have, Emerald Sparkle looks excellent mattified!!! (Watermelon Rind doesn't look too shabby either!!)
left to right: ES v2.0; Good ES; ES v2.0; Watermelon Rind; all with one coat KnockOut Flatte Top, with flash
Good Emerald Sparkle, plus one coat KnockOut Flatte Top, with flash
"Good" Emerald Sparkle is still available online at Head2Toe Beauty! Or you could luck out like EK and find it for $1.99, yes, I said $1.99, at your local Sally Beauty Supply.