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Maybelline Color Show Pretty in Polka Swatch & Review

Well after yesterday’s wishlist, it’s time for some polish I already have! Writing this on Saturday morning… I had gotten okay at scheduling a few posts but unfortunately I took advantage of that to not write anymore for a few days, so here I am again. I can do it though! I really want to have every day content at Writing Whimsy, so that’s what I’m working towards! Today I have a pink polish that is far from boring, Maybelline Color Show Pretty in Polka.
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I picked up Color Show Pretty in Polka one up during a Polish Haul where I used a fantastic sale plus a coupon to get it for $2. I also got the green version, Drops of Jade, which I already featured here.

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Instead of two coats like Drops of Jade, I used three of Color Show Pretty in Polka for these photos and I still found it to be more sheer than the green. The result of three coats is also that there’s A LOT of glitter pieces, and there’s also a lot less distinction between the individual black and white matte hexagons and little circles. I find they end up blurring together a bit and the result is a bit messy and less interesting to me. Unfortunately, I hate VNL and just didn’t feel comfortable wearing the polish with only 2 coats.

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Like Drops of Jade, the applicaiton on Color Show Pretty in Polka was pretty easy, I didn’t have to fish for glitter or anything like that, and I got nice, even coverage. The hard thing wasn’t putting the polish on, it was taking it off! I even tried the foil method, which definitely helped. But because of the sheerness of Color Show Pretty in Polka and the difficult removing the glitter, I would highly recommend topping this over a bright pink base. It would be easier to remove and you could get away with only one or two coats.

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Ultimately, I actually decided to swap Color Show Pretty in Polka away (I got a POP lip crayon from an Ipsy bag instead!) so I don’t even own this anymore! I did that because I found the removal annoying, and figure I’m good with just one polka polish and that I would get more use out of Drops of Jade as I prefer green as well as its opacity––although I might still use it as a layering polish.

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Overall, I’m really happy Maybelline stepped outside of the mainstream comfort zone with Color Show Pretty in Polka, and I think it makes for a unique, interesting look. I definitely got asked several times about how I got my polish to look that way when I was wearing it, so if nothing else it’s a conversation starter!

The Maybelline Color Show polishes usually retail for $5 in Canada, which I think is too high especially considering they are only 8 mL bottles (which, like Julep, I don’t actually mind because it’s not like I’m finishing all my polish) but I do think they are good quality and I’m happy I had a chance to test out Color Show Pretty in Polka and share it with you guys!

What do you think of the Color Show Pretty in Polka polish? Do you own any of the Color Show polishes?

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