I recently acquired a bottle of OPI- Creme de Menthe. This is the unicorn pee of OPI. Creme de Menthe was released as part of the mysterious, elusive "X collection" sometime during the 80s. Back then, edgy shades such as this weren't as easy to come by. This polish is nearly 30 years old and it is in pristine condition!
Being the obsessive compulsive nail polish collector/hoarder that I am, I did not want to use this polish let alone open it to take a whiff. I used two polishes that I already had and layered them in order to created a look-a-like so that I wouldn't have to use Creme de Menthe. This was inspired by a post I've seen on The Collegiate Nail.
It's pretty close to the original! I held the bottle of Creme de Menthe for pictures in order to compare how close the layering combination was. Creme de Menthe is a medium bright green with golden shimmer. So.. how did I achieve this look?
As a base color, I used Funky Fingers- Mrs. Mint. I picked this one up at Five Below, where Funky Fingers are sold 3 for $5. Although it is difficult to see in the picture, Mrs. Mint has a subtle hint of shimmer. The formula was a bit thin, so I needed three coats of this in order to hide brushstrokes. This was taken indoors without the flash.
Mrs. Mint with the flash.
I then layered one coat of OPI- Sit Under the Apple Tree over Mrs. Mint. It had the perfect amount of yellow/golden shimmer. Sit Under the Apple Tree is from OPI's Retro Fun in the Sun collection from Summer 2008. I was able to find this one in the clearance bin at Ulta fairly recently.
Here's a picture I took in the car. This looks super-bright, almost neon!
I've accumulated TONS and TONS of new polish, so I may have to do a haul post soon! Stay tuned :)