A few months ago Jessie showed you guys Essie Smooth Sailing, and her glowing review had me drooling over it, but for some reason I just hadn't pulled the trigger on buying it. An amazingly generous girl on MUA was nice enough to throw it in as an extra in a swap, so I was dying to try it out! Jessie and I decided to introduce the "Another Look" posts to give each other the chance to review polishes that the other had already posted, while giving you guys another perspective - and of course, more pictures! Win for everybody! :-)
Without further ado...here's my take on Smooth Sailing!
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Smooth Sailing is really a gorgeous polish. It's brightish, but still somehow muted, which I really like. The shimmer shows up well, especially in the sun, though unfortunately the silver shimmer tends to drown out the pink and blue. Application was a bit of a problem for me. The first coat went on kind of gloopy, but also patchy at the same time. Kind of like a holo, maybe? I don't know, but it was strange. Thankfully, all patchiness was smoothed over by the second coat, and all was well. :-)
Remember a while back when I said Smooth Sailing might be a good substitute for RBL Catherine H? Now that I finally had both, I decided to do a comparison to see just how close they were. GUYS - I finally did an on-the-nail comparison! LoL I really want to do more of them, it's just that it's so much quicker to do them on the nail wheel. I promise I'll try to do more on-the-nail for you. Anywho, check it out:
Index and Ring: Essie Smooth Sailing, Middle and Pinky: RBL Catherine H
Erm...well...looks like I was a bit off. A lot off. They're in the same vein, but quite different. Smooth Sailing is much lighter and brighter than Catherine H, while Catherine H shows off that pink and blue shimmer much better. In all honesty, even though I was disappointed in that strange cloudiness of Catherine H, I prefer it to Smooth Sailing. Thankfully all the Queens are coming back, so you'll have a chance to pick that one up in just a few months!
As for Smooth Sailing, it's nice, and I like it, but I really don't love it. I wanted to love it. I wanted it to fill that strange void that Catherine H had left, but it fell a bit short. I can't really explain why (D'oh!), especially since it really is a beautiful polish. It's certainly worth getting if you don't already own it, but I just can't whole-heartedly get behind it. It makes me haz a sad. Now I need some chocolate and glass of wine...