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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – RGB Sea

rgb sea nail polish bottle rgb cosmetics sea 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

It’s been a while since I’ve worn a rich, dark green. Green is my favorite color to wear but I seem to transition from dark to light & bright throughout the seasons. An emerald green just feels too Holiday in the middle of summer.

However, I’ve had RGB Cosmetics Sea sitting on my desk, longing to be worn, for way too long now and I just had to give in.

***Edited to add – this was supposed to go live last night but apparently I don’t know how to read a calendar. Apologies for the delay.


Formula & Application: RGB Cosmetics nail polish is 4-Free (including Formaldehyde Resin). The square bottles contain the same amount of polish as Chanel or RBL bottles but they are much more compact in size. The short, round, shiny black cap is about the width of my thumb and I find it relatively easy to control polish placement but would prefer it to be slightly longer. The brush is short, round and average in width.  The bristles are somewhat stiff, but way more flexible than the MAC brush. You won’t have any dragging issues with this one.

RGB seems to have perfected the balance between a thin, workable consistency and a high pigmentation level. The consistency makes for an easy application with full coverage in two coats.

RGB Sea is an amped up forest green shimmer. The name implies that it’s a seawater type blue-green but it has an electrified green shimmer that overpowers any blue in its base. It’s like a blackened Emerald Sparkled, minus the glitter. Indoors the color is pretty dark and knocks on the door of “almost black” territory without completely crossing the threshold.

rgb sea swatch of rgb sea nail polish

In the sun the color comes alive as the shimmer plays hop-scotch with the light.

rgb sea nail polish swatch of rgb sea in the sun

In searching for a suitable dupe, the closest I could come is Deborah Lippmann Don’t Tell Mama. With the strong teal blue base of DTM they certainly aren’t identical but I doubt, unless you are a green polish collector, that you would need both. Wet N Wild Morbid is a faded version of DTM so it’s not a twin to Sea either.

rgb sea comparison with deborah lippmann dont call me mama and wet n wild morbid

Bottom Line: RGB has a fantastic formula and the vibrancy of Sea definitely sets it apart from other colors in this genre. I, of course, can’t resist it but I don’t know if it’s wow worthy enough to call it a must-have.

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: I’m STASHing it for now.

RGB Sea Nail Polish is available online and at select retailers. For shopping information visit RGBCosmetics.com. RGB nail polishes retail for $14/ea for a .4ozbottle.

What do you think of Sea? Have you tried RGB nail polish yet? If no, why not? If yes, what is your favorite color from the line?

Disclosure: A product sample was provided by RGB Cosmetics. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Chris says:

    I do not blame you stashing this. It’s so gorgeous!

  2. This is definitely more green than Don’t Tell Mama but I am loving it! I may have to get my hands on a bottle because this is the perfect Fall color!

  3. Cat says:

    Wow, so pretty! I am dying to get my hands on some of those RGB polishes.

  4. VP says:

    I love this color! Hard Candy Envy seems to be a near match for this polish.

  5. Jillian says:

    I LOVE this!! It reminds me a lot of one I got on clearance at Sally’s recently… it’s by Savvy and the name is “Garland”… I’m pretty sure it was a holiday color. But it’s got that same “almost black” thing going on…gorgeous!! I always thought a better name would be “Scarab”, hehe

  6. Alison says:

    Illamasqua Viridian might well be a good dupe for this?

  7. meme says:

    Pretty. Knowing your love of greens, don’t blame you for stashing this one.

  8. Ariel says:

    I have Hard Candy Envy, and it looks very similar to Sea! I can’t be certain without having both to compare, but they might be dupes.

  9. Lauren says:

    Really pretty, but I have DTM and I like it even more. It’s one of my all time faves.

  10. Nequa says:

    Love love love!!! Can you please do a review on something from SpaRitual? Curious to see what you think about them… I’ve been scouring for website for posts about them….. Thanks!!!

  11. Anutka says:

    gorgeous color!!! I love the green :)

  12. Catch Me In Your Net says:

    It looks like Illamasqua’s “Viridian”.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I have Viridian and they aren’t the same. I showed the colors that come the closest to matching Sea in the comparison pics.

  13. Kathleen says:

    Wow. Gorgeous! I love that it isn’t a teal base.

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