One of my favourite polishes when I was in eighth grade was Wet ‘n’ Wild’s #416A (catchy, isn’t it?;)). It’s a long-discontinued shade that was out in 1996 or so. It’s an interesting green colour with a hint of gold to it that reminds me of the green-gold duochrome from Rimmel’s Mania. These two polishes are not dupes at all, and even if they were, I’m not sure where you could find #416A unless you were timetravelling.
#416A is on my index and ring fingers, Mania is on my middle and pinkie fingers. There’s two coats followed by a coat of Nailene Acrylic Strong top coat. Sorry it’s kind of messy, I was in a hurry:(
As you can see, Mania is way more blue and multi-dimensional. #416A is also nice and very unusual—I have nothing in my collection like it and can’t think of a similar polish. If you can think of one, leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can do about getting a bottle for comparisons.
There’s a lot of hype over this particular nail polish, which I think is due largely to one of my favourite YouTubers, sayanythingbr00ke. I kind of feel creepy talking about her like I know her, or even just writing about how I know what her favourite nail polish is. That sounds so weird, doesn’t it? At any rate, the long discontinued Mania polish from Rimmel is one of Brooke’s faves, and for good reason. The duochrome in this is spectacular and very different from the green/teal polishes I’ve come across.
When I first started looking into this polish, I began snatching up drug store polishes in the teal family of colours, including Rimmel’s Green with Envy. Let me tell you, those polishes (and they’re basically all the same teal-ish colours from all the drug store brands) have nothing on this one!
This is two coats of Rimmel Mania and one coat OPI top coat. It looked good in person with two coats, but as I’m going through these photos, I see I could have benefited from a third.
The polish is a gorgeous green-blue with green-gold duochrome. While it’s not super noticeable in regular/low light (although I did get complimented a few times indoors while sporting this manicure), seeing out in the sun is amazing. I couldn’t stop staring at my nails outside!
While this polish is long discontinued, it does pop up on ebay occasionally, which is where I bought mine. I’d love to see some more of these old Rimmel duochromes in person. I’m on the hunt for Zeitgeist! Any other suggestions?
The last time I did a comparison (with navy blues), I ended up finding two polishes I could remove from my stash and put on my swap list. This time, I’m setting out to do the same thing with teal.
Index finger = Rimmel’s Green with Envy, middle finger = Finger Paints’ Art Dealer Teal-er, ring finger = Sephora by OPI’s Mermaid to Order, and pinkie is Maybelline Colorama’s #22 Jelly Bean.
First up is Rimmel’s Green with Envy. I originally picked this up when I was lemming for Rimmel’s Mania (a lemming I eventually fulfilled). It looks nothing like Mania. I was just kind of hoping. It does look like the rest of the drugstore-brand offerings of teal. I’ve been tempted to pick up similar colours from Revlon and in the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri line, but I’ve been able to stop myself. Of the four swatched, this is the most vibrant and the fastest drying. This is three coats with one coat Nailene Acrylic Strong top coat.
Next is Finger Paints’ Art Dealer Teal-er. This is the second-most vibrant of the bunch, but bluer than Rimmel. It took the longest to dry, but I think it’s my favourite. It has a beautiful and subtle shimmer to it. This is three coats with one coat Nailene Acrylic Strong top coat.
The next polish is Sephora by OPI’s Mermaid to Order. I only bought this because I wanted Teal We Meet Again and they didn’t have it in store. I still plan on purchasing Teal We Meet Again, if I ever find it. This is kind of meh. I find it dull even though it’s chrome-like finish. Applied a bit streaky, too. This is three coats with one coat Nailene Acrylic Strong top coat.
Lastly is an old Maybelline Colorama polish in #22 Jelly Bean. From what I understand, it’s a possibly rare UK-only release. I picked it up cheap on a blog sale a while back. This one is also a bit dull and dries to a satin finish. My bottle is a bit gunky, so it didn’t have the best application, but you can get an idea of the colour at least. This is three coats with one coat Nailene Acrylic Strong top coat.
Overall: I’d stick with Finger Paints’ Art Dealer Teal-er. It dries slowly, but it’s gorgeous. The Rimmel one is alright, but I personally like the bluer-ness (oh wow, haha!) of Art Dealer better. The last two I’d pass on completely. Looks like I found three more polishes to swap away!