Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Pink Worth the Patience

I purchased Clarin's 230 on a fluke.

It wasn't cheap, but I wanted it.

No regrets. Ever.

Then someone literally opened up a hidden trove of these and for a while in 2011 and early 2012 the market was flooded.

I ran across a seller who didn't put the name in the title and listed 230 along with a couple of bottles of 220 as a bonus for $27.

I missed the auction, but emailed him and he relisted as a Buy It Now and I grabbed it.

So, this is either a freebie or a $9 polish, depending on how you look at it. Of course it sounds better that I got 230 for $9, but in reality the extra bottle just lowers my "dollar cost averaging" for nail polish purchases.


Clarin's 220 or Patient Pink.

I've not looked on eBay of late so I can't say what the going rate is these days, but this is one of those polishes that's been hovering on the brink of "dump it" for a while.

It's a frosty, glistening iridescent apricot that is thin, slow to dry and rather frustrating to work with: it balds, it doesn't build very well on ridge-y nails like my ring finger.

It does have such a rich, luxurious air about it, it's milky and yet has that glow. I know frost is anathema right now, but this one really is quite gorgeous.

It needs a great base coat, a good deal of time between coats and a quick dry top coat for me.

I will add that a ridge filler and even an aqua base or perhaps a matte top coat as a base wouldn't be amiss.

Is it worth it?

Here's the bonus that is hard to see on the nail:

Golden flakes!!!

I think these are along the line of Essie's As Gold As It Gets.

These are not cut shards, but have that "grown in a lab" feel about them, which is what I adore about flakies.

I think, for me, since this is such a pretty polish, I will try to make it work. It might, as I think about it, be fine as a one coater over something like an Essie apricot creme.

Thanks for reading my little nail polish journal!


  1. Hmmm, if if could look on the nail as it does in the bottle, it'd be a keeper for sure for me.

    1. Indeed. This is why I really don't know what to do with it. It's really so pretty in the bottle, but gets pretty frosty on the nail.



I love comments!
Please email me at to add your blog to my blogroll instead of posting your blog here!
Thank you!
Did I mention I love comments?