Monday, January 21, 2013

Comparison: GOSH Holographic vs GOSH Holographic Hero vs Color Club Harp On It

Hi!

I've spoken before about my Voldemort polishes (the ones of which we do not speak) - those polishes I lust after, track down, get sick of, then buy again. The original GOSH holographic is one of them.

I found my original one in a bargain basket in a tiny chemist a few years ago, bought it, then got sick of it and sold it. Fool!! When Holographic Hero was released last year, I immediately wanted to get my grubby little paws on it. Sadly, it proved no match for the original. When Color Club released their "Halo Hues" collection, I pounced on "Harp on It" - a silver holo that looked pretty similar to the original GOSH Holographic.

I was itching to compare the three, but didn't have a swatch of original Holographic. Or so I thought. When I was cleaning my stash out the other day, I found some old nail swatches that my son had broken off a nail wheel. Amongst them was a swatch of original Holographic, so I swatched the other colours on two nail tips (because I'm lazy and I didn't want to take my polish off). Here we go:

Outside, in natural light, there isn't much of a difference.

Front: GOSH Holographic Original. Centre: GOSH Holographic Hero.
Back: Color Club Harp On It.

Again, indoors, in natural light, there wasn't a huge difference either:

Front: Original Holographic. Top: Color Club. Bottom: Holo Hero.

I blu-tacced (yes, that's a word) the nails on so that I could get different angles for you.

Outside, natural light: 

L-R: Original Holo, Holo Hero, Color Club.

I really hate Holographic Hero in natural light - you have to wave your hands around like a mad thing to even detect a hint of holographic loveliness. This polish disappointed me so much when I got it (and it was bloody expensive). Here they are again in natural light, indoors this time:

L-R: Original Holo, Holo Hero, Color Club.

As we all know, holos are at their best with a flash. And here's where the comparison gets good. 

L-R: Original Holo, Holo Hero, Color Club.
LOOK at the holo in the Color Club (and that dirty great fingerprint, oops). It's an even stronger effect than the original GOSH one, which is pretty impressive in its own right. Holographic Hero is a more subtle holographic polish, you can immediately tell that it's completely different from its predecessor.

Top: Color Club. Middle: Holo Hero. Bottom: Original Holo.
Verdict? If you're aching for original GOSH Holographic but can't get your hands on it, leave Holographic Hero where it is and seek out Color Club Harp on It. I got mine from beautyzone2007 on eBay a while back (where, incidentally, it was the same price as the GOSH one AFTER international postage was added).  

I've worn the Color Club as a full mani once, and it lasted five days with a top coat, I was hugely surprised by its staying power.






16 comments:

  1. Great post, nice to see there is another polish out there like the original GOSH. I was let down by Holographic Hero. Boo!

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  2. Oh thanks for this, I was looking at the new GOSH one today but was going to look up swatches before deciding!

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  3. I love holographic polish but I still haven't worn the GOSH one. It's never sunny enough for me to really get the full effect. I really wanted to pick up some of the Halo hues collection but it worked out so dear on ebay xx

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    1. It was just under 9 euro including delivery, which is expensive for one polish - it's not every polish I'd pay that for, but this one looked so much like the original Holo that I had to get it! New one is awful dull.x

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  4. Thanks for the comparison! I loved Holographic Hero so much that I bought one more... and now I know I could have waited a little, and bougth a better one...

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    1. Oops - not to worry, Holographic Hero is still Limited Edition so it's worth having a bottle regardless x

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  5. Glad I never shelled out the money for the Holographic Hero, I was just getting it for comparison but definitely will not now! Thanks for the fantastic post!

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    1. You're welcome! I was disgusted with it too, was dithering between it & GOSH Galaxy, should've got Galaxy! x

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  6. Thanks for this - very helpful! I was considering getting a bottle of Holographic Hero as a backup for my original Gosh Holographic but I won't be now. On the look out for the Color Club one instead! x

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    1. The Color Club one really is gorgeous - it's actually even MORE holo than the original GOSH! Hope you find a bottle x

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  7. Great comparison I may look out for the Gosh one if it's a little easier to buy!

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    1. I'd say it's definitely easier to find than the Color Club, independent chemists seem to have better stock than the big ones x

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  8. Love the color club and how it reflects. I find it elegant and classy too. Great comparison. Now I know what to pick.

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