♫ Joe Hisaishi in Budokan - 命の名前 ft. Ayaka Hirahara
It should come as no surprise that I have more nail polish than I actually need, but I strongly believe that there is no such thing as having too many nail polishes...
...especially when it comes to pretty pastel mint shades. (✿>◡<✿)
One of my absolute favourite pastel shades is Nature Republic's GR603 pastel mint polish in their old packaging, which I purchased several years ago. No matter how many mint ones I've added to my collection since then, nothing (not even China Glaze 'For Audrey') comes close to it. I was really sad to find out that Nature Republic had discontinued their old nail polish range to make way for the new repackaged versions, but a bit of Googling told me that they also had a nice pastel mint shade in the new collection, so I decided to pick it up and see whether it was the same shade in different packaging.
Besides the completely different bottle design, the old packaging nail polishes don't seem to have individual shade names, only a code, whereas the new repackaged ones have a number and name. The mint green shade of the old packaging is GR603, while the new one is #24 Mint Green.
|Nature Republic nail polish: GR603 (old) vs #24 Mint Green (new)|
Without having the older version to compare at the store, I thought they looked very similar. However, when you place both together side by side, it's pretty obvious even in the bottle that the older version is a brighter (lighter?) pastel shade, while the new one is slightly duskier and leans more green.
|Nature Republic #24 Mint Green|
|It's December, time to flip my NRxEXO calendar~ Hello, Lay! :D|
P/S: Is it just me or has every Korean brand decided to revamp their nail polish range with these bland, generic-looking cylindrical bottles? :( Etude House, Nature Republic, Innisfree, Tony Moly... Please put back all your pretty whimsical nail polish bottle designs! (╥_╥)