Friday, October 21, 2011

Color Club New Bohemian

When I was asked by the talented Marta from Chit Chat Nails if I wanted to do a triplet post with the wonderful Carolina from Colores de Carol, how could I say no? (Subliminal message: Those links are there for a reason. You know you want to click them...) I was so excited, I felt like the luckiest girl alive! Luckier still that the polish picked for today is extra special. It's so special that it definitely deserves three times the love.

Hammie says: A warm welcome to all the lovely ladies who are here through Marta from Chit Chat Nails and through Carolina from Colores de Carol! We are most honored by your presence and we hope you enjoy your visit with us!
Hammie dice: A cálida bienvenida a todas las bellas damas que están aquí por medio de Marta de Chit Chat Nails y por medio de Carolina de Colores de Carol! Estamos muy honrados con su presencia y esperamos que disfrute de su visita con nosotros!

Pretty, isn't it?

The Quick Take

Brand/Name: Color Club New Bohemian
Color: Turquoise that leans a bit more green than blue
Finish: Creme
Price: $3.00 USD to $8.00 CDN for 15mL
Seen at: Nail Polish Canada, Head2Toe Beauty, Trade Secrets, Winners
Note(s): New Bohemian is part of the Back to Boho Fall 2011 collection; I purchased my bottle at Winners as part of a 6+1 set that included a base coat for $12.99.

The Fun Facts

Love that pretty teal!

Standard Color Club brush.

Looks familiar?

Color Club New Bohemian vs China Glaze For Audrey with Tiffany Blue box
Why they could be twins!

Tiffany blue comparison with China Glaze For Audrey and Color Club New Bohemian
Which one looks closest to Tiffany Blue?

China Glaze For Audrey is more blue and Color Club New Bohemian is more green
New Bohemian VS For Audrey

As someone who loves her blues, New Bohemian was definitely the first color to catch my eye from the neutrals of the Back to Boho collection. Actually, it's one of the brightest out of the collection so eye catching, it definitely was. It's a lovely turquoise that toes the line between blue and green wonderfully. But it looked eerily familiar. Now, Color Club says this is a '70s take on the Tiffany Blue, so to satisfy my curiosity, I had to compare it with another famous Tiffany Blue: China Glaze's For Audrey. As you can see from the bottle shots alongside the Tiffany box, they both look very, very similar. But on the nail (wheel), it's quite obvious that New Bohemian leans more green, looks creamier and is a brighter color altogether. But between the two, For Audrey is still the closest in color to the famous Tiffany Blue. I'm thrilled that they're not dupes and love both equally. On to the nail swatches!
***All nail swatches were done with Orly Bonder Base Coat and three coats of Color Club New Bohemian unless stated.

Natural light/No top coat/No flash
Look at how shiny that is.

Natural light/No top coat/Flash

The brush works well with the formula. I was initially concerned that even after 2 coats, it still looked streaky but it did build up wonderfully and leveled itself on the third coat. Consistency was a little on the thicker side, but not too thick that it was troublesome to work with. Because of the 3 coats, dry time did take a bit longer than usual.

Natural light/Top coat/No flash
Hammie says: Are you sure you put top coat?

Natural light/Top coat/Flash
Hammie says: I think you forgot to put top coat. It looks no different!

This one was so shiny by itself that it didn't really need top coat. Despite what Hammie says, those top coat photos do have top coat. Pinky swear. Also, if you've noticed, I'm missing sunlight photos. You see, Mr. Sun went on vacation for the whole of this week so I haven't had the chance to take any photos under sunlight. A Hammie promise: We will update with sunlight photos once Mr. Sun comes back!

The Lowdown

We've already seen how New Bohemian stands against it's formidable cousin, China Glaze For Audrey. The other cousin that I might want to compare it with would be Fingerpaints' Tiffany Imposter. I don't have it though, but in photos I've seen, New Bohemian should still look more green in comparison. That's because Tiffany Imposter shares the same base color as For Audrey although it is a few shades lighter. As for availability, New Bohemian shouldn't be too hard to find. In fact, if you're lucky, you can spot the set for a great price of $12.99 (that's $1.86 for each bottle, including a base coat!) at your local Winners and score 5 other pretty colors to add to your collection.

If you've visited Polished Indulgence in the past, you'll know I do separate posts for nail art. But since the amazing lovelies I'm doing this post with as part of a triplet set are known for their awesome nail art skills, I had to step up to the plate and deliver. Here's my (humble and newbie) attempt at nail art stamping using Color Club Lumin-icent, a pale ice blue foil, and the curlicue pattern from BundleMonster plate 201:

swirls konadicure stamping nail art
The blue is so pale it looks almost silver over New Bohemian.

Of course I had to pose with the Tiffany box!

Bonus photo: Comparing For Audrey on the thumb and New Bohemian on the rest.

Hammie is just as thrilled as I am to have been part of our first triplet post! The pretty turquoise color, the shiny finish even without top coat, the similarity to one of our all-time favorite blues.. this one is a no-brainer. Hammie's score?

10 Hammie Points!

We hope you enjoyed reading this (never mind that it's loooong compared to the other ladies' posts :P Go visit them if you haven't yet! Yes, you're missing a lot if you don't head over to Marta's or Carolina's.) as much as we had fun putting it together. So tell us, would you still be interested to get New Bohemian even knowing that it's a similar color to China Glaze For Audrey? Does the color give off a '70s vibe? What is one of the best deals you've scored at Winners?


  1. Great post Carmela!
    I love your swatches and comparison.
    Your stamping is amazing... I love it!

  2. Thank you so much, Carolina! I can't take much credit for the stamping though, as CC Lumin-icent was a joy to work with. Usually, I struggle with getting the full pattern on the stamper but I didn't have any trouble at all with this one. :)

    I had so much fun doing this triplet post with you and Marta! Hope you have a great weekend ahead!

  3. Hands down, this is the nail color I like best among everything you've featured. And it's teal! (Try asking some people what teal is, there's a big chance a few of them won't even get it in the right color family.) With the nail stamping it makes me think of wedding cake... the flowery, sugar icing kind. Yum. XD

  4. Thanks, Anthea! I'm glad you like it so much. I'm a sucker for these pretty teals, too (well, anything in the blue spectrum makes my heart race!) and another creamy take on Tiffany blue is always welcome. Yummy cake is always good, but yummy wedding cake makes for a fancy, sweet treat! :D Would/did you make yours in this color?

  5. This colour is so cheerful and beautiful on your lovely nails. :) I like the stamping you did - very classy! Thanks also for including the comparison swatches of this next to For Audrey. Helpful!

  6. Thanks, Mary! I did want to showcase New Bohemian more, so to preserve the dainty feel of the creamy teal, I went with something that was girly and demure. This is probably my best effort in stamping to date, but most of the credit really goes to the stamping polish. ;)

    You're very welcome! I was curious myself so I thought it would be best to include comparison photos for everyone to see for themselves and not have to take my word for it. Good to know it's helpful! Hope you have a great weekend (and hopefully with lots more sunshine ;) )!

  7. Carmela! I am so glad that you did such a detailed review of this colour because it deserves it. For Audrey had my heart for the longest time... until New Bohemian introduced itself to me and snatched first place from poor little For Audrey. At first, I too, thought that they were dupes (in the bottles they are sure similar right!?)... but I do love the minty green tint on NB even if it is NOT a perfect Tiffany Blue. But now I'm curious... what little treasure do you own that came in a Tiffany box (I want something from that store... anything... I'll even take a ribbon or sticker ;) )
    The stamping you did is PERFECT. I don't do tone-on-tone stamping often enough... and with today's posts you and Carolina both convinced me that I should put it on my to-do list asap.

    Ps... is it weird that I'm developing a little crush on the hamster? Is he in any way related to Mary's Chesire Cat? Do they have playdates? ;)

  8. Thanks, Marta! I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I'm just really happy that they aren't dupes and each are both special in their own way. I guess the minty green tint is what makes it Bohemian? I hope For Audrey isn't feeling too bad you've relegated her to 2nd place. ;)

    Oh, Mr. J got me a bracelet from Tiffany's for our anniversary this year. It was such an amazing surprise! I didn't even know when he got it. Maybe you might get something from Tiffany's for Christmas? Write Santa or drop lots and lots and lots of hits with the husband. :D

    Perfect? Really? *blushes* That's a huge compliment coming from you! I still think I need to do better clean up though and while I usually struggle to get the full designs on the stamper, CC Lumin-icent made it a cinch. Thank you so much!

    Hahaha! I'm hoping that doesn't go straight to Hammie's head. ;) I'm guessing instead of playdates, Mary's Cheshire cat has been meeting Hammie in private discussing their..ideologies. I don't know if you've heard but Hammie was really interested about what Cheshire cat was talking about in that one Sunday Smorgasbord post. I'm still a little worried that I'm about to become a blogging slave.

    Hope your Saturday looking awesome despite those gray skies!

  9. Nice color, looking cool on your fingers....thanks for sharing.


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