OPI Jade is the New Black Dupe? Asos Paints by Ciate Pixie

Monday, February 1, 2010

Of course, we've all been looking at pictures of OPI's upcoming Hong Kong collection that will be released in Spring, and while I was browsing the gorgeous pictures of many a beautiful finger, a thought suddenly struck me - Jade is the New Black looked hauntingly familiar. In fact, it kind of looked like something I already had in my stash, and that was released in Winter!

Ooh. Just goes to show you that these types of emerald-jade slightly dustied jewel greens are awesome and chic year round, be it Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall. Anyway, regular readers of this blog will probably be able to guess what I was talking about, because awhile back, I posted bottle pics of potential-dupe-in-question here. But of course bottle pictures are inconclusive. And as it so happens, I've actually used it for a mani since then!

Behold, a potential dupe-or-not for OPI's Jade is the New Black. Maybe it's not a dupe, but it's definitely in the same family, or if not, a close neighbour. From what I could tell based on other bloggers' swatches, the main difference is that Pixie is a little more blue-toned, while the OPI is more yellow-based. I do think they are close though. I only wish I had the actual OPI colour so I could do a side-by-side comparison. But anyways, this maybe-it's-a-dupe-maybe-it's-not isn't too shabby either. It's cheaper (for the UK ladies, that is), it's beautiful and creamy, it covers in one coat (although I used two out of habit) and it's none other than Pixie, from the Asos Paints by Ciate Winter Collection!

Observe it's beauty, in natural light:

Asos Paints by Ciate Pixie

And here it is indoors:

Asos Paints by Ciate Pixie

Of course, I couldn't leave well enough alone, so I had to pair it with $OPI's Run With It, a beautiful, albeit streaky and sheer, silvery grey, and I konaded over the ring finger with Pixie, using Konad plate M57 (I think. I'm bad at remembering which plates I used).

Anyway, can I just sing the praises of Pixie again? Oh Asos and Ciate, you have done it again. Beautiful, pigmented, creamy, good texture, and very smooth creme. Unfortunately, it's let down by a brush that likes to skip and make application not as great as it could be. Which is really unfortunate, because the formulation of this was near perfect, and it was a shame that it was let down by the brush.

I also really liked Pixie, because it is something of a chameleon, colour-wise. Indoors it leans a little blue, and sometimes I swore it looked rather teal on my fingers. But outdoors, it looks most mostly green. And this isn't a wimpy mint-jade green (haven't we had enough of those already?) but it's a much sexier, much more sophisticated, much more chic older sister of those green wannabes. It's deep, but not too deep, and it's a mix of emerald and jade colours, and is bright but still a little dusty, making it eyecatching but still very wearable. And of course it likes to tease me by being bluish and teal sometimes.

So OPI, don't say I didn't warn ya, but you have competition! I only wish I could get my hands on OPI Jade is the New Black to do a side-by-side comparison!

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  1. That is a great color! I think that it is a little darker that JITNB though.

  2. I have Pixie, but I am yet to wear it as a full mani. I think I will soon though! :D

  3. Hm. JITB is more on the blue-side, I think. I have Pixie, and it will be interesting to see the comparison.

  4. I don't know if it's dupe of JITNB but I really like it :-)

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  7. I love this colour :)
    & your rose pattern so cute :)

    Lots of love,

  8. I just got the 'jade is the new black' today and am wearing it right now : ) I think opi is a bit more of a kelly green tint to it..but yes very similar

  9. I am pretty sure Pixie is on asos at £1.50. It was yesterday anyway. Go get it.

  10. @jaljen: it IS on asos for £1.50...I bought it when it was £3, and then the price fell from £3 to £2 and now £1.50. I'm considering backups! LOL.

  11. OPI Jade is the New Black is a tad bit lighter, but this is very close. Your nails look gorgeous!

  12. Hey hun,thanks for taking your time to check out my blog! I love all the nail colors u have here (: and yeah i guess it is cute, but yea people would think im a bit cuckoo in the head if i carry those bags around haha

  13. OMG that color is amazing !!! Thx for sharing :) Mon Mode Blog

  14. Hy, thanks for the comment, this color is really awesome!


  15. I've just asked an American friend to bring Jade over with her when she visits me next month. It's such a lush colour!

  16. what a pretty colour! ive tried 2 of ASOS shades - Alexa/Sienna! haha.. love the colours but not very durable tho :/ shame they are only available on ASOS tho~

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