Who’s a Dupe? – Sally Hansen’s Royal Icing and Sugar Cloud

Hello lovelies!  Today while looking in the cosmetics department at HEB, I noticed one of my lemmings on the shelf – Sally Hansen’s Royal Icing.  It’s a sheer texture polish that can be layered over regular polish with a very nice effect.  As I went to pick it up, I noticed something odd.  In the same spot there was a polish that looked identical, but the labels were different.  This second polish was Sally Hansen’s Sugar Cloud.  I had seen sugar cloud before and thought it looked like the Royal Icing swatches I had seen, but since I had never seen Royal Icing in person, I thought it was a different shade.  I was intrigued and had to purchase both polishes to see if they were in fact dupes.

Royal Icing vs Sugar Cloud Fronts
I did not notice that they were labeled differently on the front until getting them home.  Sugar Cloud is labeled as “Sugar Shimmer” and Royal Icing is labeled as “Sugar Coat.”  As you can see, the only difference so far is in the front labeling.

Royal Icing vs Sugar Cloud Backs
In the store, I verified the polish names on the back label.  I initially thought that a Royal Icing cap label had somehow gotten onto a bottle of Sugar Cloud, but I was wrong.

Royal Icing vs Sugar Cloud Sides
Here’s a side-by-side shot.  I honestly cannot remember which one I put on the right, and which one I put on the left.  They are 100% identical in the bottle.

Royal Icing vs Sugar Cloud
So, here are swatches.  The left two swatches are two coats, the right two swatches are one coat.  These are the exact same polishes.  Sally Hansen must have relabeled Royal Icing as Sugar Cloud and re-released it.

RI and SC over HBY
Just to show how beautiful this color is layered (and that it’s a dupe), I applied one layer over three layers of The Hungry Asian’s Happy Blue Year!  I really like the combination as it adds a bit of sparkle and a tint of purple/red to the mani.

So yes, Royal Icing and Sugar Cloud are dupes.  I was quite pleased to find Royal Icing, but also a bit miffed that I had passed up Sugar Cloud searching for it so many times!



Who’s a Dupe? – Textured Polish Edition

Hello lovelies!  Today I’ve got a continuation from Monday – the dupes I found, or in some cases, thought I found!

SB vs MCA Bottles SB vs MCA
Finger Paint’s Spell Binding and Nicole by OPI’s My Cherry Amour looked very similar in the bottle.  Upon application, Spell Binding is noticeably darker.  Out of the two, I prefer Spell Binding in the fact that it only takes two coats for complete coverage rather than My Cherry Amour’s three coats.

Jinx vs Dhara BottlesJinx vs Dhara
OPI’s Jinx and Zoya’s Dhara are one of those that I didn’t realize were close until after application.  In the bottle, the OPI appears more of a reddish-orange and the Zoya appears to be a sunnier orange.  Upon application, you notice how similar they are.  It’s so close that I’m calling it a dupe.  So if you missed Jinx in the OPI Bond Girl’s collection, pick up Zoya’s Dhara.

HR vs TSP Bottles HR vs TSP
Ah, another OPI suspected dupe.  In bottle, OPI’s Honey Ryder and L’Oréal’s The Statement Piece look very similar.  I really suspected dupes in color, thinking the only difference would be the chunky glitter in the L’Oréal.  When swatched, Honey Ryder is a more yellow gold.  The L’Oréal leans more toward a whiter gold and is definitely different with it’s chunky glitters.

Jewel vs Seahorsin Bottles Jewel vs Seahorsin
This was another surprise for me.  Love & Beauty’s Blue Jewel looks nothing like China Glaze’s Seahorsin’ Around in the bottle.  However, when applied they are incredibly alike.  Blue Jewel is just a touch darker than Seahorsin’ Around, but it’s so close that I wouldn’t have bought both had I have known.  Both were on clearance when I purchased them.  Love & Beauty can be found at Forever 21 stores.  Seahorsin’ Around I found on clearance at Sally’s Beauty Supply.

TMS vs DITR Bottles TMS vs DITR
China Glaze’s Tail Me Something and L’Oréal’s Diamond in the Rough look more similar in dimmer lighting and when they’re not sitting side-by-side.  I really thought they were going to be more similar than they turned out to be.  Tail Me Something is more of a true light purple and Diamond in the Rough is more of a light mauve.

AR vs SIS Bottles AR vs SIS

I really suspected this was a dupe when I purchased the L’Oréal; I just thought the chunky glitter in it added something extra.  OPI’s Alcatraz Rocks and L’Oréal’s Sexy in Sequins look so similar in the bottles.  When swatched, you can tell the difference.  Alcatraz Rocks is a bit lighter and has a more blue tint to it.  Sexy in Sequins not only has the chunky glitter, but is a more purple tone.  It’s close enough that I wouldn’t have to have both, but I certainly would not call them dupes.  It’s hard for me to call which one I prefer.  OPI has better application, but L’Oréal is nice because of the chunky glitter.

Overall, I was surprised at what were and what weren’t dupes.  I love my textured polishes, and really can’t get enough.  I actually picked up two more today that I didn’t realize were textures until application.  Sinful Colors has a new collection of textured polishes.  I will review the two that I picked up along with their new nail tattoos at a later date.

Who’s a Dupe? – Turquoise Polish Edition

Hello lovelies!  Today as I was trying to revive an older polish, I realized that I have a lot of other polishes that were similar.  So today I present Who’s a Dupe?: Turquoise Creme Edition.

Turquoise Creme
The creme polishes I am comparing are China Glaze in For Audrey, OPI in Mermaid’s Tears, Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in 140 – In a Splash, Avon in Jade, mark. in Mojito, and Sugar Kiss (an E.L.F. brand) in Mint Creme.

Turquoise Swatches
I was a bit surprised that the Sugar Kiss polish wasn’t lighter than it was.  It looks suspiciously similar to Mermaid’s Tears.

Sugar Kiss vs OPI
Swatched next to each other, there’s a slight difference in the green tone.  But I wouldn’t say it was noticeable enough, so I’ll call dupe alert.

I also thought that the Avon and Sally Hansen polishes looked very close in shade as well.

SH vs Avon
The Sally Hansen is just a tad darker, but again, I’ll call it a dupe.  I prefer the Avon formula, In a Splash was the polish I was working on thinning out when I started this turquoise endeavor.

While going through my stash, I noticed I have a lot of shiny turquoise colors as well.

Shiny Turquoise

Just for fun, I swatched them.

Shiny Swatches

From left to right is butter London in Two-Fingered Salute, Revlon Parfumerie in Wintermint, LA Splash in Golden Seahorse, China Glaze in Metallic Muse, and Sally Hansen HD in 03 – Pixel Pretty.

I liked the minty smell of the Wintermint.  It was not obnoxious and subsided after a while.  After about 5 hours had passed, I sniffed again – the minty smell was still there, but I had to get the swatch very close to my nose.

All in all, I’d say that there isn’t too much of a difference in a few of the creme polishes: Sally Hansen and Avon fall more in the green turquoise range, OPI and Sugar Kiss more in the grey range, mark. is a bit lighter than the others, and China Glaze is more blue-toned.

~ Carol “RubySprinkles”