Tuesday, December 1, 2009

'Good' Emerald Sparkle versus 'Bad' Emerald Sparkle

A *lot* of people have been asking me about the two different versions of Emerald Sparkle, and I totally didn't realize I actually had pictures of both.
Here's the 'good' Emerald Sparkle. This bottle happens to be the 2009 release, but it's identical to the original 2008 release. Note how it's bright green glitter in a very deep, dark vampy green jelly base.

Here's the 'bad' Emerald Sparkle. This is also from 2008, but after the original release. When it first came out, it was a limited edition and everyone went bananas over it and it sold out in... how long did it take? Days? Hours? Either way it sold out very quickly. Word from China Glaze was that there wouldn't be any more produced since it was limited edition for holiday. Then, a few weeks later, there was some new stock of Emerald Sparkle at the various etailers and beauty supplies and it looked like this. The glitter is the same color, but it's in kind of a murky medium bluey-green base. Not a deep green jelly like the original. The glitter in this one didn't look as sparkly either. For what it's worth, I haven't seen this version since I bought it in late 2008. I have purchased several bottles since then (gotta have backups, man!) and they've all been the 'good' version.

Eventually I'll dig out the bad bottle and the good bottles and do a side by side, but this set of two pictures speaks for itself. There are two versions of Emerald Sparkle in existence. There's only officially been one version, and the off batch was attributed to uneven batch mixing, or so I've heard.

Sometimes companies do release inconsistent batches, it's really not totally unheard of. The main one that comes to mind is the notorious OPI My Private Jet, of which I own two slightly different versions but have seen in person a third variation and have also seen pictures of at least one additional variation. I don't know why or how it happens- formula was slightly off during production? Pigments were discontinued? Who knows... But it's very odd, and sometimes a bit frustrating.

I swear I own two different versions of Ruby Pumps and Purple Panic as well. *cue Twilight Zone theme*

43 comments:

  1. Is Nr 28843 written on both polishes? How can we spot the difference before ordering? I guess etailers don't understand the "difference in undertones" thingy. :) Basically, it's pure luck, right? :) And I'm already waiting for mine to arrive... I really hope it's not the one with the "bluey-green base"... :/

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  2. Thank you so much for this. For some reason, I was convinced I had the "bad" ES. Now, that I see your pics, I see mine is actually the "good" ES. Yay! Thanks again. :)

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  3. zomg, now that is a biiiiig difference. i would be pretty pissed if i got the "bad" version expecting the delicious radiance of the "good" ES. i'm not gonna lie tho, it's still not bad lookin :)

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  4. Scrangie Thanks for this post! i'm searching for the good emerald sparkle and you have explaing me the diffrence between the two version.
    In effect i have seen on another polish blog the "bad" version and i don't understand why it was SO different from yours...
    Now i have understand!
    Thanks!
    Astasia

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  5. Wow, that's a HUGE difference!

    You mentioned My Private Jet...I've seen at LEAST 4 different versions of that color.

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  6. Yay, I have the good version! Thanks for posting this.

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  7. Thank you for clearing this issue, I am lucky I got two of the good version, never seen the bad one.

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  8. If you hadn't compared them side-by-side, the "bad" version actually doesn't look that bad! But I'm glad I have the "good" version. Thanks for this!

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  9. wow the 'good' emerald sparkle looks stunning especially on your nails, it looks like a really festive colour !!

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  10. Man, that's a huge difference! The "bad" version actually looks more turquiose, almost like Watermelon Rind in your pics - it's pretty but nothing compared to the "good" version.

    I actually had to resort to ebay a few months ago before it was re-released (I got impatient :p) and it is still sitting as an untried. I hope mine is the "good" version... will have to try it this weekend :)

    Thanks for the pics - your swatches are just delicious as always!

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  11. I own three different versions of Purple Panic...and it irks me to no end. I'm just happy that I bought the 'good' Emerald Sparkle...I can't wait to do my Christmas mani!

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  12. I'm not sure which one I like better! The original looks cool, but I think the 'bad' one looks even better! :D

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  13. That's more of a difference that I expected. I'd seen a comparison before that showed 2 version with 2 different numbers on the label (HERE at Nail of the Week) & I thought I had the "bad" version, but those 2 were nearly identical & yours shows the real bad version. Thanks for the swatches =)

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  14. and i was wondering my ES turned out looking so UGLY..

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  15. Now I feel like I have to dig up my Emerald Sparkle to discover which one I have, and whether or not I need to order the 2009 Emerald Sparkle. You always inspire me to greater heights of indebtedness. :p

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  16. Yay! I have the good one too, but the "bad" one isn't all that bad...it's just not as festive. I also have the good MPJ, and boy am I hanging on to that one for as long as possible!

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  17. Humm. Now I wonder which one I have. I might have the bad one. :-(

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  18. I coincidentally just bought ES and I have it on my nails right now! Yes, I have the "good" version. However, if I had seen that drab version I wouldn't have bought it. I wanted the green version of Ruby Pumps and that's the way it looked when I picked up the bottle at the store. And that is what I got when I put it on my nails. I love it!!!

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  19. Yay! I have the good version! About MPJ... I got the ugliest version of them all, let me tell you. Blugh! Ugliest weird color ever

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  20. Add Flying Dragon to your list of inconsistent formula botch, I mean, batches...

    The newer version, spotted at Sally and other BS, is closer to fuchsia than the deep, vibrant royal purple that caused such a stir.

    (Good thing I stocked up when it was still purple! My precious...)

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  21. I've got the sinking feeling that I have the "bad" version... I'm going to be antsy all day before I can go home and check my bottle. :(

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  22. Thank you for doing this. That "bad" emerald sparkle is totally getting a lump of coal for Christmas! :)

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  23. Oh Twilight Zone! Yay! This old version kind of looks like Watermelon rind, or whatever it's called. Can you do a comparison of those two?

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  24. i swear i have the bad emerald sparkle

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  25. I pulled mine out - I managed to get a "bad" one. I got it from either 8ty8 or head2toe last year, from the Christmas 2008 collection.

    It's pretty, I do like it, but crap, now I NEED to buy a new bottle! The jelly is just too pretty!

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  26. Oh ahaha. Yea I've seen many MPJs... the most recent I saw is like.. an ugly purple with muddy glitter..

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  27. The first pix looks so incredibly glossy. love the look.

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  28. There are most def. 2 versions of Purple Panic. I had the purple one, gave it away, remorse set in, twice I've rebought it and TWICE it's been pink. Poop.

    Also, My Flying Dragon is a reddish purple. I want my old one back too. I gotta be more careful swapping polishes away thinking they are replaceable!

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  29. OMG! They are so different that I actually thought you could buy a polish called 'Good Emerald Sparkle' and another called 'Bad Emerald Sparkle' lol

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  30. I'd talked myself out of wanting Emerald Sparkle, but that first picture may change that.

    The second picture just looks matte-d to me. Which is still pretty, but muted sparkle never made sense to me.

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  31. My friend and I have different versions of Purple Panic. I bought both of them at the same Ulta, but hers is more pink while mine is more purple, weird.

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  32. I don't know why this happen sometimes. If they try to make the same polish and it doesnt turn out exactly as the original, I think the should give it a different name.

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  33. The bad Emerald Sparkle kinda looks like Watermelon Rind. I bought my ES at Sally's last year, I got the good kind, thankfully. I do have the crappy non-holo version of MPJ and I hate it so.

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  34. Gosh, I got the bad version. Now I have to purchase the better one.

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  35. Thanks! I'm glad I picked up the "good" version! LOL

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  36. I KNEW IT! I knew there was no way that the awesome polish I had seen all over the internet was the same flat thing in my Helmer!

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  37. I bought mine off eBay last year after I couldn't find it at the etailers. Totally the 'bad' ES.

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  38. I just bought my bottle of Emerald Sparkle on Wednesday and it's the good one! Yay! It's an amazing color, I love it!

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  39. Darnit, I just received my ES in the mail a few days ago and did a quick test of it and I thought that it looked a little off. I'm pretty sure I got the BAD version. So sad. I knew something seemed wrong with it.
    Thanks for making this post Scrangie!

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  40. Hi, I live in Taiwan and happen to see this article. I only(?) have less than 20 nail lacquer; 2/3 are OPI and 1/3 are CG. Guess what? I have all the color you mentioned here, even Purple Panic! Gotta find some time to check each bottle. Haaa~

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  41. I've just put in my order to 8ty8 before your comparison post... now waiting for parcel to arrive (Singapore)... hopefully I'm getting the GOOD version! LET IT BE MY X'MAS GIFT... aaawww...

    Jacque

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  42. omg. I bought the "bad" one back in Sept. I was so disappointed. now I know why. UGH!!!!!!

    Amber

    ambersmouthwash

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  43. Damn it, I have a bad Emerald Sparkle!

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