Friday, July 8, 2011

Color Club - Alter Ego: Reveal Your Mystery Collection - swatches and review and comparisons

Hi everyone!
You may know by now that Color Club sets are one of my favorite things to buy because when they are available here it is only $12.99 for 7 polishes.
At that price, I buy every set I can get my hands on!
(I once passed up Glitter Vixen and Pardon My French and have since learned not to control my polish hoarding when it comes to things I won't get a chance to buy again!)

Anyway, I had seen on other Canadian blogs that this set was popping up at Winners, so I started faithfully checking on my break at work because luckily for me, I work in the same mall as Winners.
A few days before I went on vacation, I found it!

Mmm, pastels!
I wanted this set really badly because I have had a thing for pastels lately.
I ended up not being blown away by the set because 3 are not very unique but the other 3 are lovely, and I'm very happy to have the set!
And for $12.99, only adoring 3 shades is acceptable.

This set comes with a bottle of Milky White Base Coat.
I have now learned that if a set of polishes comes with a base coat, you should probably use it under those polishes.
I had a bit of a hard time getting the polishes to cover evenly, except the last 2, which I used with the base coat.
Lesson learned. Use the base coat. It really helps the polish level out and be less streaky!

Get A Clue. Pale pink. A bit more gray-toned than other pinks but not by much.
This was 4 coats - these polishes are sheer. Which is why you are "revealing" your mystery with this set I guess! But I wanted to go for complete opacity.
I didn't use the base coat with this one but if I had, it probably would have only taken 3 coats to even out.

Recently I showed you the Catwalk Queen set which included this pink - Vintage Couture.
This comparison shows you the slightly gray tone to Get A Clue.

Get A Clue is also similar to China Glaze - Light As Air, but LAA has a bit more white in it, if you know what I mean.

Revealed. My favorite from the collection! I hate orange but lately I love peach.
Super pretty peach shade with warm pinky peach shimmer. More opaque and creamy than the others, 3 coats.
Totally unique in my collection.

I have another peach with shimmer, Revlon Peach Smoothie, but as you can see it is a more nude peach. Not nearly as flattering.

Speaking of nude colors...

This is Incognito. The absolute closest to mannequin hands that I will ever get. 3 coats.
The flash picture doesn't really show it very well but this matches my skin perfectly. The next picture shows it better:

And it's a jelly so it is even more nude looking than an opaque creme. Very happy to have this in my collection! You never know when you'll need to go nude!
(And my goodness, my nails are so stained that it would be impossible to go actual nude! I honestly think my nails are the worst stained nails ever. I've never seen anything so bad. That's what I get for swatching so much!)

Previously I thought this nude, LA Girl - Secret, was the best nude for my skin tone, but I was very wrong. As you can see it is far too yellow!

Secret Rendezvous. Light purple creme, a bit more blue-toned than others I have. 4 coats, again could have been 3 if I used the base coat.

Hard to tell in this photo, but it is more blue than the others, and a tiny bit lighter.

Sheer Disguise. Blue-toned gray! Very interesting color, unique in my collection. 3 coats over the Milky White Base Coat.

Give Me A Hint. Same old "purple taupe" we've seen a lot in the last year.
Very popular and somewhat flattering shade, but not unique.
3 coats over the base coat.

You may remember that in my Every Shade of Indulgence swatches I showed you that Positively Posh was a dupe for OPI - You Don't Know Jacques!
And once before I compared YDKJ to China Glaze - Below Deck.
Well... here they all are together.

Below Deck, Give Me A Hint, Positively Posh, You Don't Know Jacques!
Two sets of dupes. The Color Club versions are more sheer than the others, but the shade is the exact same.
Never buying a shade like this again! Haha!

Overall, I'm really happy to own this set.
3 of the colors are unique and lovely, but the other 3 are not unique.
And despite the fact that the pink and purple aren't unique, I still like them because I like all pinks and purples.
The taupe/brown just isn't my thing. I didn't like Below Deck after buying it and I don't care for this one either.
The base coat is a bit watery but really does a good job at holding these polishes and making them apply better.

Do you have an addiction to Color Club sets like I do? I want them all!!


  1. i have this collection but i still have to say that sheer disquise is my favorite so far. i need to try incognito.. im not a huge fan of nudes but this one is prittaaayyy

  2. LUCKY! I don't live close to ANY of those stores so I never find deals like that!

  3. I really like Incognito on you!

  4. I love this collection. The non-unique shades filled in gaps in my collection and I am totally obsessed with Revealed!

  5. I'm gonna have to keep an eye out for Sheer Disguise and Incognito!

  6. What a coincident! I ordered my two CC polishes a while ago and got them in the mail yesterday! I also got Sheer Disguise & Incognito. I'm wearing Incognito right now, and I think it is a beautiful nude! Matches my skin color very well too, like yours... I'm also very happy with them! :)

  7. I like this collection!

  8. Incognito was definitely the winning polish in this set. I cannot effectively express how much I love this shade.

    At first I wasn't going to get it because one of the things I like about polish is looking at the bright colours. But then I noticed that the manis and art that I thought looked best were muted colours.

    I am so glad you gave a shout out that it was at winners :)

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