JINsoon Tibi Collection Nail Polish in Jasper

A few weeks ago, I had to put in an order to Sephora for a couple of items we don’t have in stores here.  While I was working to make my order over $75 to qualify for free shipping (which is one of those kinda stupid things we humans do that often cause us to spend more than we would originally, ALL JUST TO GET FREE SHIPPING….d’oh), I remembered a gorgeous red polish I saw on All Lacquered Up and decided to scoop it up for my own.  That polish was Jasper ($22CAD) from the JINsoon collaboration with Tibi designer Amy Smilovic.

Described as a burgundy shade with subtle shimmer, Jasper looked like red-hot fire on Michelle’s nails, and I was stoked to check out my first JINsoon polish.  It looked to be the perfect shade for the fall and winter/holiday season, and once it arrived, I was proved right!  A gorgeous deep, dark, blood red shade with an inner fire to give it some major depth and drama?  Count me IN.

Jin Soon Tibi Collection in Jasper Jin Soon Tibi Collection in Jasper (2) Jin Soon Tibi Collection in Jasper (3)JINsoon Tibi Collection Nail Polish in Jasper

Beautiful, no?  Though Michelle’s swatches show the sparkle of the polish better than mine, in general the polish looks more like this – a subtle glow that allows for more interest than just a basic cream.    It looks AWESOME paired with light grey clothing (as I happened to wear the combo today and felt uber put together :)  The formula of the polish was quite good – excellent control due to a slightly thicker formulation, and it dried fairly quickly.

Unfortunately, this fairytale has a somewhat…ambivalent ending.  See anything suspect about this polish?  Anything…familiar?  No?

How about now?

Deborah Lippmann Through the Fire SwatchesDeborah Lippmann Through the Fire


MAN how I hate to have dupes or near-dupes of shades!!!!  That really irks me.  As soon as I put the polish on one nail, I knew.  Lippmann’s Through the Fire is slightly darker, and the shimmer even more fine, but to me they’re close enough to only warrant owning one.  At as both bottles cost $20+, it’s kind of a pricey mistake to make.  Sense tells me to pick one and part with the other, but when the stakes are higher…UGH.  FAIL, Latoya.

In any case.  If you don’t have either of these polishes, you probably should get your hands on one of ‘em, because they’re seriously smokin’.  It could be worse I suppose, because it could be a shade I DIDN’T love, and that would truly be tragic.  But as it stands, this color looks awesome and it’s entirely conceivable that in the next few years I’ll use them both up.  Look on the bright side, right?

Have you ever purchase the a shade of polish/makeup only to realize later you own something (almost) identical?  What do you do with the ‘extra’?

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  1. #1 by Liz (@Reductionista) on September 23, 2013 - 8:10 pm

    Aw, man. I was all “TIBI!!!!” and flailing and stuff, and now mourning with you. I have a post in draft about coming home with nail polish dupes — it happened with the same polish twice with me and I didn’t even have your reasoning that the item was not available in the stores here.

    Hey, at least they are both worth owning and look awesome. And if you did want to get rid of one, it wouldn’t be too hard. :)

    • #2 by Latoya on October 2, 2013 - 4:00 pm

      It’s true. It could be worse ;) I love this kind of red so I’m not too depressed. What’s up with the dupe machine though, Liz??

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. #3 by Sarah on September 23, 2013 - 8:41 pm

    They’re both gorgeous, and if I were you I would wear them on alternating nails to see if anyone notices.

    • #4 by Latoya on October 2, 2013 - 4:52 pm

      Hahaha ‘If I were you’ lol. I like the way you think, Sarah ;)

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. #5 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on September 24, 2013 - 12:24 am

    I do this with lipstick ALL THE FREAKIN’ TIME so yeah. I know exactly how you feel!

    • #6 by Latoya on October 2, 2013 - 4:53 pm

      It’s really when you know you have TOO MANY (PRETTY) THINGS.


      Sent from my iPhone

  4. #7 by Denise on September 24, 2013 - 4:58 pm

    LOL, this totally reminded me of Liz’s post about nail polish dupes! Don’t worry, I do this all the time with nail polish, lipstick, eyeshadow, you name it. I’m just a frickin’ cosmetics whore. I’m like, “Ooh, but this one is slightly darker and the shimmer is more iridescent…” I’ll just make excuses to myself to make it seem like I need something. That having been said, this deep red colour is absolutely gorgeous and looks stunning on your skintone. I’ve been into reds myself lately, which I never thought would happen ’cause I tend to lean towards cool colours, but my tastes are evolving for this fall. :)

    I’m actually quite intrigued by Jin Soon’s nail polishes, so I think I will have to check out some of the shades as Sephora next time. :)

    • #8 by Latoya on October 15, 2013 - 6:45 am

      The polish formula itself is pretty good, just from this one I’d say they’re worth investigating Denise! And I know us cosmetics junkies have a rough time NOT stumbling on dupes, when you have as much crap as we do lol. Although I find sometimes my avoidance of duplicates sometimes paralyzes me into not buying a lot of things…which sounds good but I think I miss out on great stuff sometimes…

      Sent from my iPhone

  5. #9 by Amy on September 25, 2013 - 7:47 pm

    I loooooove this color, but I would never buy it simply because of the name (the same as my assaulter!). If I just look at it and ignore that, though, I wantttt. Methinks Through the Fire may need to come home with me, especially now that it’s available at Sephora…

    • #10 by Latoya on October 15, 2013 - 6:47 am

      Yesssssss do it Amy! And I can totally see avoiding the JinSOON shade for that reason – the name kinda turns ME off now, ugh :(

      Sent from my iPhone

  6. #11 by BurbBeauty on September 26, 2013 - 10:25 am

    I think they’re different enough to own both, but I’m also insane, so…

    Jasper is gorgeous on you! I just got the full Tibi collection and am so excited to try Epidote.

    • #12 by Latoya on October 15, 2013 - 6:48 am

      …and I’m excited to see your swatches Lola ;) I really don’t mind having them both – so pretty!

      Sent from my iPhone

  7. #13 by mzmm on September 27, 2013 - 6:31 pm

    love this!!!

    • #14 by Latoya on October 16, 2013 - 11:58 am

      Yay!! :)

      Sent from my iPhone

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