Sparitual’s ‘Sacred Ground’

Will wonders never cease?  Somehow, the Sparitual Fall 2011 collection was actually available here in Canada before it was officially released.  I can’t believe it.  Imagine my surprise when I strolled into Remedy Spa here in Halifax, to have my eyes rest upon the whole collection – before I had even seen swatches online!  Unheard of.

Of course, I had to pick up a shade to commemorate this astounding event.  My choice?  ‘Sacred Ground,’ a beautiful muted taupe-ish grey with flecks of gold, green and purple shimmer throughout.  At the time, I was trying to quell my desperate lemming for Chanel’s ‘Graphite’ as it hadn’t yet arrived in at our Chanel counter.  It was no dupe, but it would do. In plain lighting, it just looks like a grey polish with shimmer……but in direct sunlight, the multi-colored shimmer appears!  So pretty! (click to enlarge and get the full effect)In the last two photos you can see that its quite a mysterious looking polish, I love it!

‘Sacred Ground’ is my first Sparitual polish, and applied easily with no issues.  I did notice some tip wear after the first few days, which you can see in the photos, but I’m not entirely sure that’s not due to my base coat – butter London Nail Foundation – as I find my polish chipping more often than usual since I’ve been using it.  I’ll be doing a review on that at a later time.

Details: One coat butter London base coat, two coats of polish, one coat of S.Vite fast-drying top coat.

Size & Price: 0.5oz and retail for $13CDN.

Where to Buy: Remedy Spa (Granville St, Halifax).

When I brought S.Ground home, I realized I had another polish very similar to it – Joe Fresh’s ‘Gunmetal’, which is a shimmerying taupe-ish polish with pink and purple flecks in it.  For added measure, I also swatched Chanel’s ‘Graphite’ to show shimmer intensity and color leaning:

Left to Right: Graphite, Sacred Ground, Gunmetal

Graphite, Sacred Ground, Gunmetal

Left to Right: Gunmetal, Sacred Ground, Graphite

Left to Right: Sacred Ground, Gunmetal

You can see that a) Graphite is much sparklier, b) Graphite is much more green when paired with the cooler grey of Sacred Ground/Gunmetal, and c) Sacred Ground and Gunmetal are way close, no??

For me, the two polishes are close enough that I feel justified in giving one away.  Of course, it’ll be the Joe Fresh version…Sacred Ground has the much more visible multi-colored shimmer that really makes it unique.  Also, the Joe Fresh polishes, while easy on the wallet at $4 a pop, or 3 for $10, do not have the best formula – they pull a bit and are on the thicker side.  So no dilemma there!

Sacred Ground is unique, easy to apply and I can imagine would look lovely on most any skintone.  If you happen across it, I definitely recommend picking it up – it’s a very wearable shade that isn’t boring in the least!

What are your thoughts on ‘near’-dupes – keep ‘em or leave ‘em?  If you can notices a slight but discernible difference, do they stay in your stash or move along?

Thanks for stopping by :)

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  1. #1 by Olivia on September 8, 2011 - 7:34 pm

    I love these shimmery gray shades! Perfect for sunny fall days and fun nights out! I love gray polish but never went for the shimmer… I’ll have to try it out!

    • #2 by Latoya on September 9, 2011 - 5:28 pm

      @ Oliva: Thanks so much! You’re right, this is a great shade in the sunshine, AND for a night on the town. For a shimmery gray, I highly recommend trying this out!

      @ Liz: I wouldn’t say Sacred Ground is a dupe, but it was a nice alternative till I could get my hands on Graphite :P I think they’re both worthy of owning! Interestingly, there are three different salons that I know of around town that carry Sparitual – totally crazy for Halifax!

      @ Eugenia: Thank you my dear!! Its a real beauty of a shade. Huh, I never thought of the comparison of RBL’s Anne, but now I totally see it! I really wanted Anne after my chance had come and gone, so that makes me happy :)

  2. #3 by Liz (Beauty Reductionista) on September 8, 2011 - 9:59 pm

    I love seeing comparisons! I didn’t even know there were so many possible dupes for Graphite out there. The only one I had ever heard of was Revlon Carbonite. Great catch, Toya!

    I have a few SpaRitual polishes and they’re super awesome! I wish the boutique that sold it hadn’t closed its doors. Haven’t seen it sold anywhere else near me. Halifax doesn’t sound so isolated beautywise! ;)

  3. #4 by Eugenia on September 9, 2011 - 11:37 am

    Know what else Sacred Ground reminds me of? Rescue Beauty’s ‘Anne’ from the Tudor Dynasty Collection of last year! I should have begun by telling you how lovely all three look on you! Like Liz, apart from Revlon’s Carbonite, I wasn’t aware that there may be other shades floating out there close enough to be duplicates, and even though it may not be as close as originally thought, it’s still really pretty on its own. I have only one Spa Ritual shade that I’ve swatched, but never posted…you remind me to get cracking!! lol!!

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