Thursday, June 14, 2012

Smoke and Storm

I think I've found my new favourite wintry nail polish: Sportsgirl Smoke. I've had my eye on it for a while, but for some reason didn't feel compelled to purchase it. As much as the colour appealed to me, I had reservations about whether it would work with my skin tone. After being alerted by Tezza that it was now on sale, I made sure to stop by my nearest Sportsgirl the next day to pick it up. I'm glad I did because it's the perfect concoction of mushroom, taupe, light grey and purple. I'd describe it as a slightly puttyish, smokey grey with dusty purple undertones that become more prominent depending on the light.



The main reason I was drawn to Smoke was because of its similarity to one of my favourite nail polishes, Storm (also by Sportsgirl). I've previously compared Storm alongside Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Wet Cement, and I'm still trying to find a polish as close to it as possible. Swatching Storm and Smoke next to each other, Storm is noticeably darker and more blue-toned, with almost imperceptible silver microshimmer. Smoke is much more grey and warmer. I'm liking the lightness and neutrality of Smoke, with the touch of purple that adds interest and sophistication. Storm needs only one coat for opaque coverage, but Smoke was still a little patchy even with 3 coats.

l-r: Sportsgirl Smoke, Sportsgirl Storm

l-r: Sportsgirl StormSportsgirl Smoke

Most accurate colour representation of Smoke (with Storm on my ring finger)

47 comments:

  1. This is such a gorgeous colour! They really are similar aren't they!
    I love the smoke colour :)

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  2. So going to pop by Sportsgirl after work tomorrow. So keen to get smoke now. I don't have any colour like so! Hehehe thanks for sharing!

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  3. All your posts on Sportsgirl nail polishes makes me want to check them out. Even though it's quite lovely and interesting, I'm not sure this colour would work on me. It does look nice on your paws though :)

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  4. it looks so nice on nails. i will definitely try it on :)

    xx

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  5. Apparently, it suits your skin tone! It's the same problem for me... ... whenever I want a neutral, whether grayish, purplish or pinkish, I hesitate for so long because I never know which one will look good on my skin. It's too hard to tell even from other people's blog.

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  6. I was just at Sportsgirl yesterday- I better hit up the nail polish sales! Your posts make me really want All That Glitters even though I've been neglecting nail polish for weeks now. Those colours look great on your skin tone! Update moreee. With a May Favourites or something. My favourite blogs are all slowing down with their posts and I'm impatient. :P x

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    1. Lol, thank you for the sweet comment and encouragement :) I'll try to do a June Favourites since May is pretty far into the past now :p Nail polish is just a fun way of injecting a bit of colour and glitter into my day, especially since I have the luxury of a fairly large collection to choose from. If you're not a fan of glitter polishes (either by themselves or as a top coat) you probably won't be all that enamoured of All That Glitters, otherwise, I highly recommend it as it just gives that extra sparkle and oomph to the nail. Gold hex glitter is just so versatile that way :) The good thing about Sportsgirl's nail polish is that a lot of shades frequently go on sale - discounted to $4.95 and sometimes even cheaper when they have their sale on already discounted stock.

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  7. Gorgeous color! I love this greyish purple color. I have a similar by Essie(Chinchilly).

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  8. So gorgeous! They remind me of Maybelline's Color Tattoo cream shadows in the shade, Tough as Taupe! xo

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  9. They are very pretty. "Smoke" and "Storm" are such beautiful names, too.

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  10. Love the colour on you! It's a mucher warmer and softer shade of grey that's so flattering on you.

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  11. I've never heard about the brand before, but the color is so pretty!

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  12. Great job with the manicure considering the formula complaints! I hate applying streaky/patchy polishes, but I love cream finishes...its so hard to find a good smooth cream!! Gorgeous colour!

    Courtney from Strawberree Swing

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  14. That is lovely, I can definitely see why it's a great winter shade :) x

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  15. I love both of those colors! Such good neutrals for maybe being the base of an accent nail that you jazz up with something bright!

    Evani

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  16. Ooh, lovely colour :) x

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  17. Smoke is a gorgeous shade! I love how it's like the perfect neutral with the subtlest tinge of purple and it looks lovely paired with Storm.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  18. Very pretty. Natural color!

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  19. this is a beautiful matte gray color ! I love it ^^
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  20. Smoke looks so incredibly lovely, it's the perfect colour :) Great review x

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  21. Always bypassed the Sportsgirl beauty products thinking they weren't worthy but the varnish colours are gorgeous.

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  22. You are really thinking ahead to winter here huh?! Ha, but it is such a great neutral shade - it'd look good in summer too with some super bright clothes!

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  23. Love that smoke colour!! thanks for commenting my blog :) xx

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  24. love ur nails
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  25. Beautiful color!
    Thanks for your sweet comments.
    Love your blog <3
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  26. great post:) thanks for sharing dear<3
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  27. Cute nails!

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  28. It is hard to tell a difference in the last picture between the two. But they surely are perfect winter colours. I would love to try them out. :D

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  29. Such lovely shades, I think Storm is my favourite :) Nice little tone of blue in it! xo

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  30. Both are very pretty! I especially like Smoke! I agree that it would be a lovely winter-time polish. :-)

    ~ Yun

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  32. Sportgirl has come up with some really nice nail polishes! I would definitely agree with you that Smoke is such a lovely winter shade!

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  33. It is very pretty! I wonder how it would look on my skin now that it turned yellowish, haha. I think it would only work in winter. :D

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  35. Both of these colours looks amazing!! I sometimes wonder why the products in the same range will differ so much in terms of quality.

    I was very much drawn to the Dior Addict lipstick range because of Kate Moss too. I am addicted to lipsticks too, and blushes.

    Liz
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  36. Wow I really like smoke! such a pretty grey! I've never owned/worn grey/taupe but am considering it - it always looks so pretty on other girls!
    xx

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  37. Those are such pretty colours.. and I really like the packaging of them :)

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  38. Yes! I have found myself another Australian blogger <3
    I love the Sportsgirl nails polishes are perfect ^^

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  39. How do you get your nail polish so neat and perfect!! im jealous.


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    x

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