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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Sparitual A World of Compassion

sparitual a world of compassion nail polish from the sparitual imagine collection for fall 2010 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.

I hope all my US readers are enjoying their Memorial Day weekend. I just want to give a quick shout-out to all the troops who serve every day to protect us. It is an amazing selfless act to serve your country and I thank you for that.

Back to nail polish, a reader recently asked me to feature Sparitual in the Untrieds so I chose A World of Compassion from last fall’s Imagine collection. Check it out!

Formula & Application: Sparitual nail polish is 4-Free (including formaldehyde resin), vegan and excludes camphor which can be an irritant. Their round bottles are capped with a tapered rubberized cap that includes four ribbed sides for a secure grip. I’m a big fan of rubber caps not only for polish but for easily opening tightly capped bottles.

The Sparitual brush is relatively short and very thin but wow do I love it. The bristles are so nice and flexible and they spread out over the nail so perfectly. It’s such a pleasure to work with this brush.

The formula of this polish is kind of thin, watery and squishy like an Essie. Is it just me or is like every polish brand taking on this texture? While that typically means the polish isn’t overly pigmented, that wasn’t the case with A World of Compassion. It is really well pigmented and in spite of the smooth consistency it gave great coverage in two thin coats.

Sparitual A World of Compassion is a smoky periwinkle blue creme. It has a bit of a slate feel but leans too blue to be gray and the slight purple tint makes it unique. This is one of those subtle chic shades and because it’s not too greyed it ends up being pretty seasonless.

sparitual a world of compassion nail polish swatch from the sparitual imagine collection for fall 2010

When I first put on A World of Compassion I thought, Caitlin, is that you? I mean the resemblance to Zoya Caitlin is uncanny. Now I wouldn’t go so far as to call them dupes, because there is a slight variation in color, but you definitely don’t need both in your collection. Side-by-side on the nail AWoC looks more purple and Caitlin looks more grey but if I wasn’t looking for the difference, I wouldn’t notice it.

sparitual a world of compassion comparison with zoya catilin

Bottom Line: I loved Caitlin so how could I not love AWoC. The pigmentation is spot on, the brush is full of win and the murky greyed blue is totally in my nail color wheelhouse. The only reason I could see not to buy it is if you already own Caitlin.

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: This is a hard one. I already stashed Caitlin but I prefer the Sparitual brush so it looks like Caitlin is getting the boot in favor of AWoC. STASH!

Sparitual A World of Compassion is available now as part of the Imagine collection. Sparitual is carried at salons and spas but their distribution seems to be pretty limited. The closest salon to me is in Detroit. To locate a retailer near you visit Online shoppers can head to Amazon, Apothica, CosmeticMall and SkinStore to purchase. Sparitual nail polishes retail for $10/ea for a .5oz bottle.

What do you think of Sparitual polishes? Do you have any must-have colors from the brand? Thoughts on A World of Compassion?

Disclosure: A product sample was provided by PR reps for Sparitual. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Chris says:

    How pretty! I love periwinkle blues.

  2. phyllis says:

    Wow that’s gorgeous! I love periwinkle.

  3. I love SpaRitual polishes and I’m glad you’re showcasing one in your challenge! :) Their brushes and bottles are fantastic. Not to mention how smooth their polish is.

  4. hrashelle says:

    Holy crow, I didn’t realize there was a sparitual salon so close to me (in the D) I’m going to have to check it out, especially this color. I have Caitlin, but I have on many occasions wished it were more blue.

  5. meme says:

    Thanks for the review. I had never run into this brand before – will have to look on line at shades. And yes, ditto in my mind about the watery formulas now and again in about every brand of late it seems. Last summers OPI Wing It, I went nuts for the color, and yuck about how watery it is even buying another bottle thinking I got a bad one. About the only brand I have not run into anything watery is Zoya (of the ones I have tried). Thinking Chanel is probably not watery ever, but I only own 3 shades due to cost. I seem to have grabbed a # of these periwinkle shades in the past year. I have Catlin so I would take a pass on this shade, AWOC from Sparitual. So many polishes…not enough toes & time!

  6. Shaina says:

    Beautiful! I love how dusty this color is.

  7. Lauren says:

    I love this color! I love all periwinkle shades. Next time I place a Sparitual order, I’ll add this one to my order. I definitely prefer Sparitual over Zoya.

  8. Rachel says:

    I’m wondering, how do you think it compares to China Glaze’s ‘Secret Periwinkle’? This one looks a bit darker, but I can’t be sure.

    In any case, very pretty :)

  9. Nequa says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I asked you for this posting…and when I saw it this morning, I couldn’t wait to read it. I love your blog,its truly my Bible since I’m obsessed with nail lacquer. Thanks again! I love your 365 series postings!

  10. Rachel Kurtz says:

    I love this! I have to find it. Thanks for bringing this to us. It is beautiful. I really like the 365 series–so great to see a new polish every day!

  11. Kate says:

    I love both. I have actually been eyeing Caitlin for a while and love her (& love Zoya). I’m sure I’d enjoy AWoC too:) Thank you for your reviews of polish and your awesome designs. I LOVE your blog!

  12. I’ve been lemming this one hardcore…I’m praying for Orly to release it under their line name, because it’s easier and cheaper for me to get Orly than Sparitual.
    Thanks for the Caitlin comparison!

  13. Eloisa says:

    So beautiful, I love this color.

  14. NailPolishFan says:

    Love this periwinkle color.

  15. Cat says:

    Wow, what a gorgeous color. I have Zoya Caitlin, but this is really really pretty.

  16. Kimberly says:

    I like the smokey aspect. I think I have an Orly dup of this… was the first Orly colour I ever bought.

  17. Lauren says:

    This color is gorgeous – thanks for sharing! I ordered it and it arrived this week. I got a manicure with it – and for the pedicure, went for A World of Compassion with a coat of OPI’s I Lily Love You on top :). So much fun!