Feb 1, 2013

Catrice Neo Geisha: Nail polish swatches review & comparisons

Hello my dears! Happy Friday to all! Any nice plans for the weekend?
I have great news today: Catrice LE polishes are here AND I have swatches for you! Are you ready?  The whole collection counts 5 nail polishes of which I've picked 4. To see the whole collection click here.

It's been a long time since I liked a Catrice LE colection nail polishes this much! So I was very excited to do the swatches, plus I had some sunlight too, so I could get some decent pictures.
Onto the swatches! (all swatches are without topcoat)
Note: I do not post large pictures today because they're so many! but you can always enlarge them by clicking on each image.

First is C01 Discreet Artist. This is a very pale pink creme, sheer but buildable to a decent opacity. The formula is not bad, but it is a little streaky as this shades usually are. I applied two regular coats and you can still see the nail line. But personally I don't mind.

 Next is C02 Picked Cherry Blossoms. This is a hot pink creme with subtle shimmer, the shimmer is visible in the sun, but it does not show in every lighting. The formula was average, not too thick not too thin, and it had good coverage on the first coat, but I did two to give more depth to the colour.

The following is a wonderful indigo shimmer named C04 Dance in Gion. This applied wonderfully! It was a little sheer on the first coat so this one definitely needs two coats. Great formula!

And last but not least we have C05 Planet Tokyo. WOW, this colour is stunning, it is a medium BRIGHT green creme, which is not neon at all. This baby has the best formula of the bunch (and I thought one couldn't beat Dance in Gion) This are two coats, it practically applied by itself! I'm so happy I got this one! I believe it's a must-have.

I know what you're thinking: we've already seen these shades before, they can't be that good, etc. So, I prepared some comparisons for you!
I went through my stash and picked the most similar colours (in my collection). Take a close look!

Catrice Picked Cherry blossoms VS. OPI La Paz-itively hot. They look so similar in the bottle, but are they on the nails?

Here is the Catrice shade on all fingers except the middle finger which has the OPI shade. The latter has more blue undertones and blue shimmer as well, so I'd say in this case that justifies owning both of them! ;)  If I could choose only one, I'd keep the OPI shade because it's such a classic.

Catrice Dance in Gion VS OPI Tomorrow never dies. These two look slightly different on the bottle. The OPI Shade looks more indigo-blue and the Catrice one leans more to purple.

But on the nail there's very little difference! (OPI shade on ring finger) Well, the OPI shade has that particular effect that the shades blackens towards the edges. Which gives the impression of colour depth. I'm not sure this slight difference justifies owning them both. Notice, that I painted 2 coats of Catrice, while the OPI shade needed 3. If I could choose only one, I'd keep the Catrice on because of its great formula and the price!! If you were considering buying the OPI, you should know Catrice retails for 4,95CHF.

Catrice Planet Tokyo VS. Essie Pretty Edgy. Pretty similar on the bottle, hum... but I still see a difference!

On the nail the difference is obvious! (Essie shade on ring finger) I would keep both of them because Pretty Edgy has been my beloved shade of green each Summer since it came out, and I still love it so much. But I think the Catrice shade will take its priority this Spring! Look how bright it looks on this picture!

Well, I hope this review & comparison has been helpful in any way, whether you were planning to buy Catrice or other shades. Let me know your opinion, and of course, which is your favorite shade!


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  1. Anonymous1/2/13 19:06

    Los cuatro esmaltes son preciosos, pero el verde es impresionante :)

    1. Hola Mari! Estoy de acuerdísimo contigo, es un color excepcional!

  2. I love off-white shades and I wonder if I should get Discreet Artist. Maaybe!!

    I also love the green one! and thanks for the comparison!

    1. Hi NAilderella! I'd say the white one is very similar to OPI So many clowns so little time, but a little more streaky.
      you're welcome!

    2. I have So many clowns so little time so I probably don't need Discreet Artist! thanks for the info!

  3. Hi Nati, ohhh such a timely post, I snatched up the Green and the Indigo polish just yesterday (now my picks were hard to guess - right ;-)?). Your comparisons were also very helpful, thank you so much. I really like the Geisha Collection and I found it hard not to take it all in one sweep - LOL!!! And of course all four of your polishes suit you so well, love them on you :-) Bisous

    1. I knew! as I was going to get one of them for you, then I thought "she might have already picked those!" so this does not make it easy for me... LOL
      Thanks for your sweet compliment! take care!xx

  4. Love the colors! I like the green one. Nice post yet they are helpful as you compared each colors. Xo, Ana

    1. Hi Ana! Thanks for reading and I'm glad this was helpful.

  5. Wow, such a large post! :) Great work! I'll actually go to a birthday party for a friend tomorrow. Otherwise I have no plans other than some school work. :) My favorite polish in this post was the green, so gorgeous apple green..gah! Then I think the blue, the white and then the pink. :) Awesome swatch anyhow. :)

    1. Thanks Gelic! I appreciate your comment so much. Have fun tomorrow!

  6. Ciao Nati! :D
    What a great post you did today! :D You have really put a lot of time and effort into it!!
    Great polishes! But I must admit I was a bit surprised to see that you picked up the cream one and not the red?! The cream is a bit to the nude direction if you know what I mean...? ;)
    My favourite is the green one! It looks gorgeous!!
    Tomorrow I'm going polish hunting with a very special aim ;)

    1. Grazie Jezzica per il tuo commento!
      I knew you'd be surprised! lol, in fact I like off white shades a LOT specially now that I got the itch of nail art. And the only reason I didn't pick the red was because I can't tell apart one medium red cream from another :(
      So the hunting season is opened! :D

  7. Anonymous1/2/13 22:36

    The Catrice lacquers looks good, but you can definitely see the difference with OPI and Essie. They just have this little extra something :-)

    1. Hi Melissa! So glad to see you're back blogging! and (if I can say so myself not being Swiss) Welcome to Switzerland!!
      kisses, xx

  8. el acabado del color vainilla es bonito los tonos quedan bien con tu color de piel

  9. Esos catrices son bellisimos :)
    Me enamore de Picked Cherry Blossoms!!
    Besos Nati!!

  10. ¡Qué bonitos! Me gustan todos, especialmente el verde. Besos.

  11. Love the first color! It's so elegant!! :)

  12. So sad that I can't get Catrice in Sweden. Planet Tokyo is a polish I would have gotten for sure if we could.


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