Sunday, September 1, 2013

Julep Tracy and OPI Alcatraz... Rocks.

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 I recently bought two new texture polishes - Julep Tracy and one of the new San Fran polishes from OPI, Alcatraz... Rocks. I think these two polishes would make great accents for each other, so I thought I'd show them both to you today.

First up is (affiliate link) Julep Tracy, described as "Sparkly ocean blue sea salt (add top coat for a high-shine finish)". Now how many of us experienced with texture polishes are going to bother applying top coat? I sure didn't try it. I love this color, no problems with the application.

One thing I will mention and little is minor, but this is the first Julep I've purchased in ages. That means this is the first time I've seen the little "Swatch Me!" sticker on the top of the lid. I like the idea in theory, but now that I actually have a bottle with it, it kind of bothers me. My other bottles don't have that, obviously! The OCD in me wants to tear that sticker right off.. Still, not a bad idea from Julep, just not one I feel I will be using.

(natural light)

Now for OPI Alcatraz Rocks. On their site, OPI describes this polish as "There's no escaping this arresting textured gray." OK, nice line but they couldn't come up with anything better than that? Is it really gray? Anyway, getting past their marketing, Alcatraz Rocks is absolutely gorgeous! I was really looking forward to OPI Vesper when it was first released, but after seeing swatches of it I was very let down and I don't think I was the only one. I feel like Alcatraz Rocks picked up where Vesper started, and made for one gorgeous polish.

 (that's gray, is it? ha. - with flash)

(ok, maybe it a distance the overall effect looks gray, I'll give them that.
natural light.)

At a distance, in poor lighting, Tracy and Alcatraz Rocks look surprisingly similar. Alcatraz Rocks, however, has a dark gray base with dark purple as an accent. It's also full of sparkle, which sets it apart.

Julep Tracy is available on their site for $14 and no that's not what I paid for it, of course! Alcatraz Rocks is available wherever OPI is sold. I purchased my bottle from Glisten & Glow. This was my first time purchasing with them, and I have to tell you, I was very happy! The San Fran polishes are on sale for $6.50 so after shipping the total was about $9, which is about how much I would expect to pay for an OPI in store. Not only that, but I ordered it on like a Friday, and got it the very next Monday! Fast shipping or what? Thank you, Jill!!

Here's one more look at Alcatraz... Rocks because I like the effect :)

So what do you think about these polishes? Which one do you like best? Considering the price tags, bottle sizes, and the extra colors and sparkle in Alcatraz... Rocks, I declare it my favorite of the two.

1 comment:

  1. I love a bit of sparkle in my texture.. so Alcatraz... Rocks wins