China Glaze vs American Apparel

Welcome to another edition of “vs.” where today we are featuring some minty deliciousness.

China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint and American Apparel Office.

Sidebar: I am suddenly craving mint chocolate chip ice cream!

This was a reader request and I thought it was a good one because there are some definite similarities with these colors.

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China Glaze vs American Apparel Swatch 1
China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint on pointer and ring, American Apparel Office on middle and pinky

Re-Fresh Mint is a cool, light-toned mint green creme. American Apparel Ofice is a also a cool, light-toned mint green creme. But they are not dupes.

Re-Fresh Mint is definitely a shade or two lighter than Office. Office is not only darker but also has a dash of grey to it making it more of a muted toned mint color.

There are also differences with the formula. Re-Fresh Mint is much thicker and more uneven for me. It takes three coats to completely cover. Office is incredibly smooth and has great coverage at just two coats.

China Glaze vs American Apparel Swatch 3
China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint on pointer and ring, American Apparel Office on middle and pinky

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American Apparel Office on middle, China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint on pointer

Final Verdict:

So as you can see, these are not dupes, but could be considered somewhat similar to the general “non-nail polish obsessed” eye. I think they are different enough to have both (plus like 12 million other mint colors) but people like oh say Mr. VV, might not be able to see much of a difference. 🙂

Winner:

If I had to pick between the two I would go with Office because the formula is better and I like the slightly dusty hue it has.

What do you guys think about these two? Different enough to have both?

I am still taking requests for these posts, so have at it!

-Kelly

Written by Kelly
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