Thursday, May 31, 2012

Comparison: Essie Mojito Madness Vs. Essie Pretty Edgy Vs. China Glaze Starboard

A few readers requested a comparison between Essie Mojito Madness, China Glaze Starboard and Essie Pretty Edgy, so here it is!

In the bottle, Mojito Madness and Starboard look eerily similar, but Pretty Edgy is already visibly darker. On the nail however, Starboard and Mojito Madness look very different. In fact, Pretty Edgy and Starboard wound up being much closer to each other than either was to Mojito Madness!

L to R: Essie Mojito Madness, China Glaze Starboard, Essie Pretty Edgy, Essie Mojito Madness

As you can see, Mojito Madness is much brighter and lighter than both Starboard and Pretty Edgy. No dupes here! As for Starboard and Pretty Edgy though, they are really close. They are not 100% dupes--Pretty Edgy is just a smidge darker than Starboard and the green is a touch more saturated--but I'd say they're about 98% identical. Unless you're a green fanatic, you don't need both because they are incredibly similar.

Formula-wise, I'd say China Glaze was the best, although they're all comprable. This was two coats of each polish. If you already have either Starboard or Pretty Edgy, you're safe getting Mojito Madness. It's easily the brightest of the trio and a very different type of green than the other two.


  1. I never wanted the new Essie green, but your comparison post makes me want to own Mojito Madness. Go figure!

    1. It reminds me of one of the Orly greens, like their Mojito or Jade.

  2. Great comparison post! I love Pretty Edgy!!

  3. I need to get Mojito Madness. I have Starboard and agree - I love most all of the CG cream formulas far more than Essie's creams.

  4. I saw Mojito Madness today and I would have been ok but like so many swatch posts, this one just makes me want it!


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