OPI Damone Roberts 1968 & a few comparisons
Try as I might with a cheaper version, I could never quite shake the lemming of what appears to be the most perfectest of all green crèmes, OPI Damone Roberts 1968.
DR1968 is a ever so slightly dusty, ever so slightly greyed green crème. It's described as having "a hint of brown that makes it wearable for all skin tones," and while I wouldn't ever call this BROWN per se, the color was absolutely as flattering as a pastel green can be. I'm kinda pinky in some of these pics, but this polish never lobster-handed me IRL.
Let's just get this out of the way: the formula is a beast. It's a little too runny, and simultaneously a little too thick. 3 coats are utterly required to get the streakiness to even out, and when the light glazed across the tops of my nails, I could still see an irregular texture to things even post-top coat. Cleanup, thankfully, was super easy and very forgiving.
There's a little bit of subtle chameleon-ery going on here, in that this looked more dusty or more saturated in different lighting, so while the above pic looks to me to be the most color-accurate, the other pics aren't a fib.
Since DR1968 is agreed to be about the closest thing to the hellishly expensive Chanel Jade, only minus the sparkle, I of course went right ahead and added the sparkle back in with Pure Ice Heartbreaker. This combo I liked a whole lot more than the crème solo.
So, was the $20+ worth it, over Sinful Colors' Mint Tropics, or OPI's own Mermaid's Tears?
|indoor CF lighting|
|indirect, shady sunlight|
|indirect, shady light. this might be the most color-accurate pic.|
|bright CF lighting|
|bright CF lighting. lobster hands still totally not IRL.|
|for both pics, L-to-R, OPI Mermaid's Tears, OPI Damone Roberts 1968, Sinful Colors Mint Tropics|
There are very much no dupes in the place here. Mermaid's is a much more greyed out and dusty green with a good bit more blue undertones. Mint Tropics is a little more vibrant and saturated green, while stopping very short of a neon. All 3 of these have finicky formulae that require 3 coats to even out.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Oh yes, pistachio green. But srsly, guys, the formula. Dammit.
Where to buy: sell your soul on ebay, or wait around for the impending restock on Damone Roberts' website.