When I picked these two colors up, I actually didn’t pay too much attention to the names as I was positive I didn’t have them in my collection. After I was labelling the graphics, I had to laugh. I’ll agree with Whimsical, it’s an apropos name. But Popular? Really? These names were obviously targeting the tweener crowd where being popular is of paramount importance. For me, it just made me feel old.
I had mixed feelings about these two polishes. I can picture a young girl wearing this to school and having all her little girlfriends twittering over how “cool” her haphazard manicure was. But for an adult where crisp application is important, these colors had some problems. The base color was too sheer and too opaque at the same time. I need three streaky coats of both colors to get a semblance of opacity and Popular fared better than Whimsical. It is extremely difficult to be strategically placing hexagonal glitters when the dab effects the opacity. At the same time, the milky colors covered up the hexagonal glitters from the first and second coat.
I like the concept of these colors. Whimsical is a blue base with blue and pink hexagonal glitters. But I don’t think the not-quite-opaque color really compliments the nails. Rather looks like the nail is extremely yellow underneath, doesn’t it? Popular is more opaque than Whimsical so I ended up liking the finished product a bit more. But I rather wished it had the pink and blue hexagonal glitters that Whimsical did instead of just silver.