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.


Mani Monday and Textured Madness

Hello lovelies!  My last post was about textured polishes.  I pulled out my textureds and found I have quite a few.  Thirty, to be exact.  So, I decided to swatch them all and share them with you!

CG Swatches


China Glaze textured polishes. From L to R: I’m a Chromantic, Teal the Tide Turns, Seahorsin’ Around, Tail Me Something, There’s Snow One Like You, Bump in the Night

The China Glaze polishes are okay.  I’m a Chromantic, Bump in the Night, and Seahorsin’ Around are all possible one-coaters.  Seahorsin’ Around was the easiest application of all shown, went on really smoothly.  There’s Snow One Like You I have to say is my least favorite.  The finer grit looks like bubbles in the polish and the chunky bits just make it awkward.  It might, and that’s a big might, look okay as one coat over a white base.  I’m a Chromantic I actually like before putting on a second coat.  A second coat just makes it too stucco-esque.

OPI Bottles

OPI Swatches


OPI Liquid Sand polishes.  From L to R: The Impossible, Magazine Cover Mouse, Jinx, Honey Ryder, Get Your Number, Alcatraz Rocks, Vesper

The OPIs are nice, I think I noticed a few dupes that we’ll look at on Wednesday.  I really like the application of these.  Vesper has an awesome purple tone that gets lost in multiple coats.  That was my biggest disappointment.  I really like the two Mariah Carey polishes – The Impossible and Get Your Number.

Zoya Bottles
Zoya Swatches


Zoya Pixie Dust polishes.  From L to R: Chyna, Dhara, Chita, Carter

Zoya can do almost no wrong, and they certainly make my day with their Pixie Dust polishes.  Easy application and two coats to perfect.  Chita was a bit of a surprise, I expected a more drab green on the nail, but was surprised at a quite festive green.  I will definitely have to incorporate that into a Christmas nail pattern when it comes time.

NOPI Bottles
NOPI Swatches


Nicole by OPI Gumdrops polishes.  From L to R: My Cherry Amour, Cinna-Man of my Dreams, That’s What I Mint

The Nicoles have about the same application as the OPI as would be expected.  Cinna-Man of my Dreams is my favorite of the ones I have as it is more than the dusty bronze shown in the swatch.  It has a bit of mauve to it as well.

L'Oreal Bottles
L'Oreal Swatches


L’Oréal textured polishes.  From L to R: Diamond in the Rough, The Statement Piece, Too Dimensional?, Sexy in Sequins

Oh where do I begin on the L’Oréal polishes?  Diamond in the Rough was very thick.  My lid has been secure and I keep all my polishes stored in a Helmer from IKEA.  I want to say that my first time wearing it I noticed its thickness as well.  All of the L’Oréals had a very wide, thick brush that made application difficult.  Aside from Too Dimensional and Sexy in Sequins, I wouldn’t really bother with these.

Revlon Bottles
Revlon Swatches


Revlon textured polishes.  From L to R: Balinese Bay and Motorcycle Jacket

I was quite surprised at how much I adore these polishes from Revlon.  Despite Balinese Bay needing three coats, it is a beautiful polish and is worth the extra coat.  Motorcycle Jacket impresses as well.  I would call Motorcycle Jacket texture-light; it is textured, but not as much as most textured polish.  I would recommend testing the water with any of the Leather line if you are interested in textured polish.

Misc Bottles
Misc Swatches


Miscellaneous textured polishes.  From L to R (bottles): FingerPaints – Spell Binding, Sally Hansen Sugar Coat – Pink Sprinkle, Love & Beauty – Blue Jewel, Milani – Purple Streak

All my miscellaneous textures.  There’s not much to say about them.  It appears that Blue Jewel may be a Seahorsin’ Around dupe.  Spell Binding looks awfully similar to My Cherry Amour in the bottle.  Sally Hansen and Milani both have wonderful, easy application formulas.

All swatches were two coats with the following exceptions: I’m a Chromantic (one coat), all Nicole by OPI (three coats), Balinese Bay (three coats)

And it wouldn’t be Mani Monday without my mani!

Vesper Mani

OPI Liquid Sand in Vesper – two coats over ORLY Bonder