The last time I was in an Ulta store, I’m sure I looked like a madwoman on the security cameras. Dashing from one end of the store to the other, back and forth, bottles of polish in hand as I compared Butter London to OPI to China Glaze to brands I’d never heard of. New spring collections abounded and I felt like a kid in a candy store.
Remember my dithering over trying to find a dupe of the pricy limited edition light periwinkle blue called Skyline from Chanel? See my musings and pictures here. I ended up settling — so I thought — for a coat of Sally Hansen Hard As Nails in Frozen Solid over two coats of Essie’s Blue Rhapsody.
But I found something better!
Meet Stand By Your Manny from Nicole by OPI, in the company’s new Modern Family Collection. I don’t watch the TV show so have no idea what the polish name refers to; all I know is that I love the color. I even need a sound effect for this polish (click to play below the photo).
It’s a pale periwinkle blue with silvery microflakes. Some other great shades in this collection:
The only caveat with Stand By Your Manny is that it’s very sheer. I needed four coats. But the shade is exactly what I’ve been looking for — not just light blue, not greenish at all, a true pale periwinkle blue. This is with no top coat under cloudy indirect outdoor light, but my one photo doesn’t do this polish justice at all:
How I wish I had some bright sunlight to photograph this under, but it’s been dull as dishwater for weeks. Ugh. I tried it with the flash, but that just washed the color out.
Here’s how it compares to Frozen Solid. You can see the shade differences I mean:
How does it really compare to Chanel’s Skyline? I don’t know because I don’t have that one and never will ($30!). I suspect the Chanel covers better and in fewer coats, but I’m very pleased with Stand By Your Manny.