I was thrilled to track down Claire's Candy Shop last week. I've been lusting after Deborah Lippmann's Candy Shop lacquer for months, but didn't want to shell out the approximately $20 to buy it. I was extremely excited to discover that Claire's recently came out with a near-dupe of the Lippmann polish, with the same name, no less (not very subtle, but I won't complain). The Claire's polish is about $7, and they have an ongoing "Buy One Get One Half Off" sale, making it a much better deal than the Lippmann version.
Candy Shop (both versions) consists of an explosion of multi-coloured glitter in various sizes in a sheer, but buildable, pink base. The differences are fairly minor from comparisons I've seen online, but the Lippmann appears to have a slightly lighter and milkier pink base. For an excellent comparison, I suggest you check out Colour Is Magic's blog post, which features a fantastic analysis of both lacquers.
This is four coats of Claire's Candy Shop; most people could probably get away with three, but I have badly stained nails, so I decided to do an extra one. Next time I'll likely layer this over a pastel pink.
What do you think of Candy Shop? I'm pretty over the moon about it- it's exactly what I've been imagining. In my opinion it's a perfect candy pink packed with even more multicoloured glittery eye candy. Very sweet indeed.
I also have something exciting to announce- when I mentioned my plans to hold a giveaway last week, I was referring to Candy Shop. I was so thrilled to have tracked it down, I picked up an extra bottle for my readers!
This particular giveaway will only be for current GFC followers, at the time of my posting this; in the future I'll be doing more giveaways, so I still encourage you to follow me if you enjoy reading my blog and haven't yet become an "official" follower. If you're a current follower via GFC, and would like to enter this giveaway, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me you would like to enter, and be sure to include your GFC name. This giveaway will be open to international followers, and just to clarify, this giveaway is for one bottle of un-opened Claire's Candy Shop lacquer (I used my own bottle for the above nail pictures, of course). You may enter up until next Monday (April 2) at 11:59 pm.
Thank you, and good luck!