Hi everyone, today’s blog is a new one. It’s all about dupes, if you’re new to the nail community, dupes is short for duplicates. Meaning two or more polishes from either the same or different brands, that are identical or close to. This is so common given the amount of mainstream and indie brands out there. Dupes can be a blessing in disguise though! I’ll explain more with the first two polishes. 👇🏻
This is Are You Orchiding Me? From the China Glaze Spring Pastels 2017 collection. And I’m Gown For Anything from the OPI Alice Through The Looking Glass 2016 collection.
In the bottle, these are exact dupes. However, on the nail, Are You Orchiding Me is the tiniest bit brighter, a little more purple, but that’s just me scrutinising it to within an inch of its life. 😝 Now here’s where the dupes being a blessing in disguise comes in… The OPI one has a FANTASTIC formula, it’s almost a one coater. And for a light colour like this from a mainstream brand?! That is incredibly rare. The China Glaze one is okay, but nothing compared to the OPI. I can’t believe I’m saying this, I’m such a big China Glaze fan. But it’s thin wants to run down the sides of the nail if you’re not careful.
The swatches are shown fully dried with no top coat.
So, if you’re going to get one of these, get the OPI. You won’t regret it, it’s one of my all time favourites.
Okay, next up are two beautiful polishes, I adore both of these. This is China Glaze Royal Pain In The Ascot (I love that name 😂) from the 2017 Street Regal collection, and Zoyas Blair from the Pulse 2008 collection.
In the bottle, these are not exact dupes. The China Glaze has a slightly darker shimmer that mixes a little more with the base. Whereas the Zoyas shimmer stands out a little more, and is more red than a garnet colour.
On the nail, they are almost exact dupes. The China Glaze is a one coater, it has a fantastic formula. Zoya needed two coats to match the colour in the bottle. The only very, very slight difference is that the Zoyas base and shimmer doesn’t mix together like the China Glaze does. It’s ever so slightly brighter.
I saved the most unexpected for last. This is Pearl Jammin’ from the China Glaze 2016 Rebel collection, and Barry M Moonfish from the 2018 Under The Sea collection. When Pearl Jammin’ was released, everyone went mad for it, and rightfully so in my opinion. It was truly unique, even indie brands hadn’t come up with something like this. So the fact that a mainstream brand released it was even more shocking. So to find an almost exact dupe for it, from a UK mainstream brand, well I was mind blown.
The only difference between these two is the shimmer, Pearl Jammin’ has a slightly more orange shimmer. But that is the only difference, they even apply the same. Neither of them get fully opaque in three coats, so I either layer them over a white, or put a fourth coat on Pearl Jammin’. Moonfish would need more than four unfortunately.
So those were my dupes, I have more so stay tuned for that blog.
Thank you for reading,