Happy weekend!

Have I got a doozy of a polish for you today. I am very excited to bring to you Lancôme’s Pop Petrol! This is a color that is being released in their spring 2010 Ô My Rose collection.

Now this polish is not being released in the US (at least that’s what they plan now). When I saw promo pics I was dying inside when I heard that it would be European only. Luckily I have a friend named Helen from Helen and Sheenie’s Nice Things who happens to live in England. When I asked her if she would do a swap with me (we did one in summer as well) she was happy to oblige! Thanks so much Helen!

This color wound up not being as green as the promo pics looked so I was a little disappointed when I first laid eyes on it. However I have to say even though it’s not as emerald as I thought it would be, it’s still an amazing color and totally worth owning if you love green and can get your hands on it.

The formula was really excellent. It was almost totally opaque in one coat, but I used two. The brush is a little more wide and flat than I am used to, but it wasn’t hard to work with. Peep it!

I took pictures of this under artificial indoor lighting because the sun hasn’t come out here in 114 million years, and I doubt it ever will. The color is a really deep green/blue shimmery teal. I saw another blog that had a swatch of this and her color looked exactly like mine. Then I saw other swatches and they looked much more green. I don’t know if somehow her formula was greener or maybe her lighting is different, but my bottle definitely didn’t look like an emerald green, it’s much more blue and almost smokey.

In this pic you can see that the shimmer is lighter green, purple and blue. Totally gorgeous, trust me these pics don’t do justice.

You can see the depth of the color here with the shimmer. And no, it doesn’t look black at all, in case you were wondering.

Here’s a zoom shot, where the shimmer comes alive!

The closest thing I own to this would be Deborah Lippmann’s Don’t Tell Mama, but that is definitely not a dupe. It’s a jade green, and more blackened than this.

So what do we think, is it worth hunting down?

-VV

Written by Kelly
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