Saturday, September 17, 2011

MAC Immortal Gold comparisons


Immortal Gold ($15 limited edition) is a new nail lacquer that was introduced with MAC's recent Posh Paradise collection. It reminded me a bit of Chanel's Fall 2011 shade Peridot ($25) and Butter London's Wallis ($14 originally a Nordstrom exclusive, but now available at Butter London.com), so I pulled them out to do a little comparison.  


From left to right: Wallis, Peridot, and Immortal Gold shown above with one coat. Although it's hard to tell here, Wallis has a sheer black base. Peridot's formula provides a more even and smooth application, with finer shimmer particles than those in Immortal Gold.

As you can see above Wallis is by far the darkest of these. Its shimmer really stands out in contrast to its darker base. The Butter London formula went on smoothly and dried without any streaks. 

Peridot is a burnished gold that has a unique, blue-green duochrome that is not present in Immortal Gold. Next to Peridot, Immortal Gold comes across as more yellow toned and brassy, and has a slightly more streaky, metallic finish. Yes, these two are definitely different enough to justify having both, but if you already own Peridot you might not "need" Immortal Gold because they have the same general sort of look when worn. Perhaps only a polish aficionado would appreciate the differences in them. After all, how many antique golds does a girl really need in her nail color wardrobe? (Apparently, in my case, one just wasn't enough!) I think any of these three would look especially beautiful for a dressy, night-time occasion. 

At this angle, in low light, you can really see the blue-green duochrome in Peridot 


Left to right: Immortal Gold, Peridot, Wallis

In flash lighting: Wallis, Peridot, Immortal Gold

In low indoor lighting: Immortal Gold, Peridot, Wallis

These colors gave me the "lobster hands" effect, 
-- either that or the 95 degree heat outside! :)


If lizards make you squeamish you may want to skip this next part... ;)

Got this little trinket box at a gift shop on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables (Florida) many years ago




~Thanks for stopping by~

18 comments:

  1. Oh thank GOD I managed to snag Wallis this week or else this post would have really given me some serious polish envy! Thanks for the comparison - I can definitely live without Immortal Gold! It feels so flat and dimension-less compared to Wallis and Peridot.

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  2. I like how you've tied together Wallis, Peridot, and Immortal Gold by highlighting their citrine tones. That's The lizard egg (if I may call it that)is so precious!

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  3. Hi Liz, Wallis is a great color! Yes, you're right - I feel the same way about Immortal Gold. It's so-so, but not spectacular! :)

    Hi Dovey, Thank you! :) I thought it would look pretty in macro photos and that the colors work well with the citrine theme! :)

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  4. I need to find Wallis! I wondered how it compared to Peridot. Definitely different enough to make it necessary!... Yes said necessary!

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  5. Hi Perilously Pale, Yep, it's definitely a lot darker than Peridot & very much different! It was originally exclusive to Nordstrom but it's now available at ButterLondon.com :)

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  6. You have amazing comparison photos.. I love reading your blog, and vie purchased my first Armani items from your pictures. :). Anyway, Immortal Gold looks so pretty, I'm kind of sorry I passed it up but I'm still scared to wear Peridot, so I suppose I don't really need it. but it sure is pretty!!!!

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  7. I have and love Peridot. These three polishes are different enough to be able to justify owning them all!

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  8. Gorgeous comparisons! Where on earth do you manage to come up with all the little items to match your nails? You must have a veritable antique shop in your attic! I love Wallis and think that would be the only one of the three that would look good on me. I agree with Liz that Immortal Gold is the least pretty of the trio, but pretty nonetheless.

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  9. Hi Polarbelle, Thank you for the kind words! I hope you are liking your Armani goodies :)

    Hi Vita, Isn't Peridot amazing -- it's definitely unique. Love it! :)

    Hi ZP, Thank you! Wallis is very pretty :) I have a few little knicknacks laying around & am always thinking, now this might look interesting in a closeup! lol

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  10. Loving that Lizard egg. I think I like Butter London's Wallis the best.

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  11. Hi Lexi, Thanks for stopping by! I like Wallis a lot - it's nice because it's a little darker than the others :)

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  12. Well, I am here to eat my words. Kind of. I saw Immortal Gold in person and picked it up after determining that it's quite different from Peridot and Wallis. So while I stand by my original comment, I think it's pretty enough to justify the purchase. ;) It's a nice understated gold.

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  13. Hi Liz, :) Yes, in person you can really see how different it is from the others. I like it as well, especially with holidays coming up - I think it's pretty for night-time, but of course I'll wear it anytime! :)

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  14. This is an amazing post. Thank you! I was googling for a comparison between Peridot and Immortal Gold and found something even better! Seeing all three together makes me appreciate Peridot a lot more.

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  15. I love your trinket box and I NEED Wallis in my life!

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  16. Hi Rachel, Thanks - glad it was helpful! Peridot is great! :)

    Hi ihavemostlybeen, Thank you! :) Wallis is very pretty & unique. The formula on most of the Butter London polishes I've tried is very nice as well. :)

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  17. i love these

    -Mia xo
    http://naturezfinest.blogspot.com/

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