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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Fashion Bug Shamrock

fashion bug shamrock nail polish 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.

Yesterday I reviewed one of the Fashion Bug polishes my mom gave me as part of my birthday present. It didn’t give a great first impression of the brand so I decided to give them another chance.

With Fashion Bug Boysenberry, what looked fantastic in the bottle ended up having the opposite effect on the nail. Today’s color, Fashion Bug Shamrock, is the complete opposite of that. What looked kind of “meh” in the bottle ended up being totally fantastic on the nail. Don’t let that kind of frosty, faded appearance fool you.


Formula & Application: Fashion Bug nail polish is 4-Free. The round glass bottles are topped with thin, shiny plastic caps that remind me of the Claire’s nail polishes. The round brush is pretty average in length and width with bristles that are slightly firm and don’t spread out.

The formula of this polish is much improved over Boysenberry. The pigmentation was spot on, I barely needed two coats, and the finish was a lot better thought not perfect.  What I love is that you can apply very thin coats and get great coverage which will lead to longer wear. I feel it is worth noting that the formula doesn’t self level. Much like how some of the early matte polishes would show every uneven lump, this does the same thing. Though at the end of the day, once top coat is applied, the polish looks pretty flawless.

Fashion Bug Shamrock in an electric emerald green shimmer with tiny flecks of silver micro-glitter that really pop when the light hits it. In person the color and the micro-glitter really pop. The color doesn’t have a lot of depth to it, it feels kind of flat and one dimensional but it’s a stunner of a green. As the name implies, it would make for one killer St. Patrick’s Day manicure.

fashion bug shamrock nail polish swatch

Bottom Line: What can I say, I’m a green loving nail polish fanatic. The formula would have to be some kind of terrible for me not to love it. Considering the price point and the pigmentation, what’s not to love?

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: Even if I do own a dupe, I’m STASHing this one. Great choice, Mom!

Fashion Bug nail polish is available at Fashion Bug stores nationwide. The polishes retail for $3.99 for a .5oz bottle.

Thoughts on Shamrock? Would you have passed this one by based on bottle appearance? Will this color cause you to seek out your nearest Fashion Bug?

Disclosure: This nail polish was a gift. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Andrea says:

    like this green very much

  2. Gwen says:

    That’s a pretty green! :D

  3. Betty says:

    I think it reminds me a lot of China Glaze’s holiday greens, and a quite bit of other greens. Could you do a nail wheel comparison, or something like that, sometime to see how this falls between all these shimmery shamrock greens? I’d love to have that color but not sure if I might have a dupe!

  4. This one is gorgeous! I was looking online to see where the nearest Fashion bug was to me, and it’s only like a mile away. I can’t believe I have never noticed it before, haha! I definitely need this one!

  5. Yasmin says:

    Such a nice shade of green!

  6. Katie says:

    WOW! I’m going to have to check those out now!

  7. Soraya says:

    Wow! Love this green!

  8. Chris says:

    I would have passed on this. It’s surprisingly gorg on the nail. It reminds me of Borghese Pistachio, only Shamrock is a little darker.

  9. Traci says:

    This one is so pretty (& smooth!) it makes me wonder if the other color was a dud!

  10. Nancy says:

    Wow, what a vivid emerald green!!

  11. Ulmiel says:

    Wow, I actually said “wow” when opening the pictures. I didn’t see THAT colour coming! It’s absolutely gorgeus. I’m already bugging my USA swap buddy for a bottle!

  12. sb_sweetie says:

    Thank goodness! Much better than the other one!

  13. Karoline - Nationail Photographic says:

    Oh, wow!!! B E A U T I F U L !!!! Love, love, LOVE this one!!
    I must figure out a way to get this brand here in Norway!! :)

  14. Cincly says:

    Oh my goodness! Definitely searching for this one if I do actually get to the Staes this year!!

  15. Clair says:

    LOVE IT. One of the best green’s I’ve seen on here so far!

  16. aclineo says:

    that green would look great w/ a silver crackle polish

  17. meme says:

    No Fashion Bug around here – maybe 600 miles away? You are so funny with your greens! Gotta love it! I have enough greens and probably only because of you that I have one even! Zoya made sure I got my 3 for $5 last St. Patty’s day, then I have some non green, greens that are blue/green duo chromes and of course Smashin’ I think it’s called from the 1st Serena Wms collection. So with Eytta (sp?) in my Zoya’s, I think I have this glitter shamrock range more than covered!

  18. Phyllis says:

    Wow that really is an emerald green! After you noted recently that every fashion retailer seems to be selling their own brand of polish when I was in DSW last night I noticed a small display right at the register!

  19. vettelicious says:

    Love it! I bet it’d be stunning with a Nfu Oh flakie on top, like 56 :) I’d definitely purchase it if it was available in Denmark, the price is unbeatable for a 4-Free polish!

  20. Lulle says:

    This shade does not look like a flattering color to me… it’s just too… flat green?

  21. Shaina says:

    Beautiful! I need more greens like this.

  22. Melissa says:

    I really love reading your reviews of lower priced polishes. Maybe one day you could do a round up of your favorite bargain colors/brands.

  23. Fel says:

    it doesn’t get any better than this! green is my one of my favorite shades :)

  24. Olivia says:

    wow gorgeous color!

  25. Sabrina says:

    Green is my favourite colour, and I LOVE that you love it and feature a lot of green polishes. Also I love your blog, I always make time to read it in my blog reader!

  26. Rachel says:

    You’re so right. It looks completely unremarkable in the bottle, but rather lovely on the nails. It reminds me of China Glaze ‘Paper Chasing’.

  27. Cat says:

    Green is not usually the first polish color I will jump at (purple and blue come first) and just seeing this in the bottle, I don’t know if I would have grabbed. But wow, it looks so gorgeous on your nails.

    Nice that this was a lot better than the last Fashion Bug polish you posted.

  28. Brooks says:

    great for christmas i think aswell i actually got it today

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