Friday, November 4, 2011

Five Finger Friday: Medium, Muted Greens

Hello Lab Partner!

Welcome to another 5FF. In previous posts, I've covered mint greens and gold-greens, so it seems like a good time for us to take a look at medium, muted greens (think army greens, olive greens)--popular colors this fall! I had a hard time narrowing down which five I wanted to feature, but I finally selected OPI Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window, Zoya Yara, Essie Sew Psyched, RGB Camp, and Nicole by OPI Green up Your Act:

Thumb: Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window; pointer: Green up Your Act; Middle: Camp;  Ring: Sew Psyched; Pinkie: Yara. Outside, natural light.

The above photo captures the colors pretty accurately, although they appear slightly darker than they actually are, particularly Yara. Below is another photo that shows the colors quite accurately, although the thumb is a bit blurry at that angle, and it's difficult to see the gold micro-glitter in Yara (you'll find a close-up of Yara further down):

On the thumb: OPI Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window. This polish applies well, with a bit of streakiness on the first coat. It's a cream that is opaque and streak-free in two coats. It has quite a bit of yellow undertone.

On the pointer finger: Nicole by OPI Green up Your Act. This polish and Yara are the darkest of the five. It has quite a bit of blue to it, although it appears even bluer in the bottle. It applies very smoothly and is nearly opaque in one coat. It's shown here with two coats.

On the middle finger: RGB Camp. I have to say, I'm disappointed. I usually adore RGB polishes--they're some of my favorites--but this one applies a little streaky, with visible brush strokes. This one has grey undertones.

On the ring finger: Essie Sew Psyched. This is the polish I used for the most recent Mystery Mani Monday, so check that post if you'd like to see this polish on all five fingers. The color of Sew Psyched is very similar to RGB Camp, with strong grey undertones, but Sew Psyched is a littler darker. This polish applies beautifully. It was opaque in one coat, but I applied a second for good measure.

Zoya Yara
On the pinkie: Zoya Yara. Like Uh-Oh, Yara has some yellow to it, but not as much as Uh-Oh. It applies beautifully and is opaque in two coats. It's a metallic (but a subtle one) with gold micro-glitter. This is the one polish out of the five that I can't really capture as well as I'd like in natural light, so I took a close up of it under artificial light so you can see the micro-glitter.

Thumb: Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window. Pinkie: Zoya Yara. Blurred to show glitter.


Here's another photo of Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window--you can really see its yellow undertone here--along with Yara (blurred to show the golden micro-glitter of Yara).

Of the five, Zoya Yara is my favorite, no question. I adore it! I was surprised by just how much I like it--why have I waited till now to try it?

So which of these medium, muted greens do you prefer?

Sending you lab love,



  1. Of those Yara seems to speak to me the most. I've picked up and put down Sew Psyched several times because I like it but maybe it isn't THE green for me. Same goes for the OPI, but I can't wear things with yellow undertones in general. I like to look at them but I can't wear them.

  2. I passed on Yara, but I need this one! Beautiful!

    I have the NOPI, which I haven't worn yet, but really I love this shade!

  3. I like Yara the most too. I don't think it'd work on me. These greens look great on you

  4. So, it's not just me who loves Yara, huh? I held off on getting this one for quite a while. It definitely wasn't the color I was most excited about when Zoya's Smoke & Mirrors collex came out, but if I'd known it looked this good, I probably would've bought it first!

    Shieldmaiden--if you can't wear polishes with yellow undertones, stay away from the OPI Uh-Oh! Usually, I look fine with yellow undertones, but I don't like the way Uh-Oh looks on me at all.

    Johanna--I really like the NOPI color, too. I don't buy many NOPIs because the bottle annoys me (doesn't really fit in my polish rack), but I'm glad I got this one!

    All--I find it so helpful to see similar colors side-by-side like this. It really assists me with seeing differences in undertones and texture, and swatching on a nail wheel just isn't the same as seeing polishes on a human hand! :)

  5. None of them are really for me. But if I HAD to choose, I like Sew Psyched and Yara. And no clue if any of them would work with my skin tone. My mom quilts an she gravitates to these grayed down colors. I like brights and pure color. ((:

  6. Denise--the muted greens aren't my favorite, either. But I like them okay. I do, however, love Yara because of the gold micro-glitter. I'm thinking I'll do a medium bright greens 5FF before long (jades, etc).