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To Dupe or Not to Dupe: Sally Hansen vs. OPI

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Aloha! Today’s TDONTD is a long overdue comparison of OPI’s “Designer…De Better” with Sally Hansen’s “Gilty Party”. Now, I’m sure this post has been done, but hey. Better late than never, right? The OPI is from the 2011 holiday collection and the Sally Hansen is part of their core Complete Salon Manicure line. How did these two polishes fare against each other? Click through and find out!

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To Dupe or Not To Dupe: Sally Hansen Pacific Blue

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Aloha! Welcome back to my “To Dupe or Not To Dupe” series! It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these posts. And I actually have a couple more lined up. Shocking, I know. But I figured with all of the shenanigans surrounding Sally Hansen’s Pacific Blue, now was a good time to start again. If you haven’t heard, SH completely changed one of their core colours, but left it with the same name. This isn’t the first time they’ve done it, and it certainly won’t be the last, I’m sure. The new Pacific Blue is a nice shimmery blue, however, it is a dramatic step away from the original. The old PB was a gorgeous dusty, almost cornflower blue cream that I really don’t have anything else even close to it in my vast hoard collection. I couldn’t even find a single bottle left to buy as a backup. It’s almost as if store employees just took them and hid them all away. A very sad day in my life. Which says a lot about my life. So, one day I was browsing through the nail polish at Wal Mart, as I so often do, and I saw some random Maybelline polishes. And there was one that looked like it was a dead on dupe for PB. So I snatched it up and here we are. How did it do against Pacific Blue? Well, let’s find out…

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To Dupe or Not To Dupe: Color Club Pucci-licious VS Wet N Wild On a Trip

Aloha! I have an unintentional TDONTD for you today. On my quest to swatch and weed through my collection, I realized that I have part of Color Club’s Poptastic collection, that I haven’t worn. Something about the winter blahs just aren’t screaming for neons. They were staring at me, guilting me into swatching them next. But I looked away, too ashamed that I had let them sit for so long. I rummaged through some other brand’s drawers (ooooer, now entering the naughty portion of the review), hoping to come up with a colour I’d had even longer than my Poptastics. That’s when I spotted On a Trip, from Wet N Wild’s Megalast line. It was time to face facts: I had to start swatching the Poptastics. Not just for the sake of my collection, but for the sake of saving one of you guys some time and effort (and maybe money!) on a quest for a glorious, duty purple that makes for the PERFECT base for Joker’s suit¬†nail art. Because I know I can’t be the only one wondering if I could find that kind of purple. And I did use On a Trip for his suit. But now I’m thinking I may need to revisit that nail art using Pucci-licious!


Don’t mind the weirdness of this picture. I was playing around in photoshop to see if I could unblur it. And as you may have guessed, these two are not dead on dupes. But does that warrant the need for both in my collection? Well….define need. Will I be keeping both? For the time being, yes. From left to right: WNW, CC, WNW, CC.


Two coats of each colour. The Wet N Wild is a bit darker, and it’s also not as pigmented. I could barely get away with the two coats I used. Does that make me love it less? No.



I didn’t wear top coat for any of these pictures. The formula was great on the Color Club, and was a hair below great on the Wet N Wild. WNW was a little runny, but nothing that couldn’t be controlled with patience and practice. I’m also not the hugest fan of the brush in the WNW because it’s one of those “Pro Wide” brushes that are so popular with drugstore brand polishes (Sally Hansen Insta-Dri and CSM, I’m looking at you!) and my nails are on the narrower side. So when I polish with brushes like those, I have to use a feather touch. Which I don’t have time for. Especially because I drink a lot. That being said, the colour payoff is worth the mild hassle and I will have to think hard about keeping both of these polishes.

To Dupe or Not To Dupe: NOPI Luke of The Draw vs Revlon Ritzy

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Howdily Doodily! Today I have the first To Dupe or Not To Dupe of 2013! I’ve been seeing swatches of the new Modern Family collab with Nicole by OPI, ALL. UP. IN. MY. GRILL. I’ve never really committed myself to the show and as much as I love the Nicole by OPI availability in my town…well. I hate the bottles. I actually really hate them. So much that I am actually considering buying a flat of empty polish bottles, and decanting them ALL. Just I can organize them better. I am also noticing some er…settling issues with some of the more recent colours. And to be honest, a lot of the colours from this collection really didn’t do it for me. I feel like I could find similar colours in my stash. I’m also fairly certain that ‘Stand by Your Manny’ is basically ‘Nothing Kim-pares To Blue’ from the Wel-Kim to My World Kardashian collection, rebottled and renamed. BUT! I am eternally a sucker for glitter. So the black base and silver glitter of Luke of The Draw kind of appealed to me. So I picked it up with some Christmas money and promptly forgot about it. As I so often do.

And then I was stalking the new Revlon display at Wal Mart and saw Ritzy. A black base with silver glitter. As soon as I got it home, I KNEW, I would compare these two. And they really aren’t dupes. But I don’t need both.

L-R: Revlon, NOPI, Revlon

L-R: Revlon, NOPI, Revlon

Here they are at one coat and you can already see that they aren’t the same.

L-R: Revlon, NOPI, Revlon, NOPI

L-R: Revlon, NOPI, Revlon, NOPI

The NOPI is PACKED with glitter, while the Revlon is stuffed with silver hexes. I actually prefer the Revlon over the NOPI, and not because of the stupid bottle or the lame name. I feel like the NOPI is more of a black with silver glitter on top, where as the Revlon actually seems like a black polish with glitter in it. Honestly, this is something that will be entirely up to personal preference. I’m glad I compared them, because I know that this would have bothered me until it had been done.

Both of these polishes had good formulas. They applied nicely and were easy to control. With the Revlon, it was a bit on the thin side, yet gloopy with glitter at the same time. If that makes sense. My bottle of Seche is reaching that molasses stage, so I blobbed some of that on. The next day, they did appear to have had a bit to drink from the top coat fountain, but nothing that another coat couldn’t have fixed.

I will probably hold on to the Revlon and let the NOPI go. I don’t feel like I need both and I certainly know that I can find ‘Luke of the Draw’ a better home.

Which one would you choose?



TDONTD: Revlon VS Wet N Wild VS Rimmel London

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Oh hay, remember when I kept saying I would have a new To Dupe or Not To Dupe? lined up for ‘my next post’? Yeah…well here it is! I actually found a few polishes that would have worked out well for this edition but then I noticed that one of the most popular “search terms” that brings people to my blog is Wet n Wild’s Ready To Pounce. More specifically, a dupe for that polish. Well, Explorers, I may have what you’re looking for. The other day (ever since returning to work, they all blend together) I was at my local Dollarama and they had boxes labelled Revlon. One of the employees ran up to the woman stocking the shelves and started squawking about nail polish. Even through my earphone filled ears, I could hear her. Probably because I am always on the hunt for nail polish treasure. Well…that day (which I just remembered was a Friday) I got lucky. They had the current collection of Top Speed colours, which was sort of a bummer because I’ve already picked up the colours I wanted. Or so I thought.

I snagged Grape (and Hazy, which we will save for later) because it was a deep, vampy purple and I instantly fell in love. For two bucks(!), WHY NOT? These polishes are at least 5 bucks at Wal Mart.

But then I got home. It’s funny how ALL knowledge of your nail polish stash goes out the window as soon as you leave the house. When I took it out of the bag, I immediately realized it shared a striking resemblance to the last vampy purple I wore and ADORED.


Ready To Pounce was from WNW’s 2011 Halloween/On The Prowl ¬†collection. It was a collection that caused a mild frenzy because WNW always outdoes themselves for Halloween. But this collection took the cake, as far as I’m concerned. And I was devastated when Halloween came and went with no appearance of this collection. Then, on a random day in November, it was there. In the grocery store of all places. The lady in the beauty department must have thought I was insane with the speed I used to grab every last bottle in the display.

With the bottles side by side, RTP looks more red toned than Grape.

Look at that sexiness!

RTP also appears to have more shimmer. But on a nail wheel…


Woah, wait. So the red toned purple looks blue and the blue toned purple looks…red? These are the two beauties at one coat. Not complete dupes.

The colour on the far left is Rimmel London’s The Night Before. This colour comes from their 60 Second line. And as you can see, is a MUCH closer relative to Ready To Pounce. The red shimmer is a hair more vibrant in RTP than it is in TNB. Grape is merely a cousin to these two twins.

While TNB is not exactly a dupe for RTP, it is still a twin. Just a fraternal one. And I imagine it is much easier to find than the discontinued Ready To Pounce.

I hope this helped all you luscious, velvety purple lovers in your quest for the perfect vampy violet!





To Dupe or Not To Dupe? May edition: It’s All About The Glam VS Break The Ice

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I’m still undecided about making this a monthly feature, or bi-weekly. Either way, it’s May and I have the next round of dupes.

I will say again and again that I do not follow anything the Kardashians do. I’ve never seen the show, I know that Kim has a very large posterior, Khloe doesn’t look anything like any of the Kardashians and Kourtney has a son named Mason. Oh, and everything that starts with a C, they replace with a K. But I have to admit, they made some decent nail polish colours. I passed on the reds and the pinks. They are not my scene. But you better believe I snatched up all the rest.

The Nicole by OPI bottles are horrible. NOPI needs a serious overhaul. You can’t store them, or organize them in a good way. They take up too much space. And they are a pain in the ass to hold. Dear NOPI: CHANGE YOUR BOTTLES BECAUSE THEY ARE UGLY.

Pretty colour, in very ugly clothes...

So this is “All About The Glam.” It is a great colour. A glass fleck white that is definitely on the sheer side, but it does build to opaque after two coats. It’s a great alternative to a plain white cream. But it will also run about $10 Canadian. Ouch. Now I love nail polish (Mr. J can testify) but I can’t justify spending that much on a bottle of nail polish, unless it’s made with gold. For some reason I went crazy and realized this was a great addition to my Freeze Frankens. Silly me.

When I went back to Wal Mart to get more (I know I just said I can’t justify that money…but I am also a hoarder collector) I stumbled onto this colour:

Well hello Wet N Wild

The $3 price tag caught my eye. The above picture, is one coat of both NOPI and WNW. Once again, I am not going to tell you which polish is on which finger, but you can see that they are both quite sheer. Break The Ice is from a new line of WNW that will, as I said, run you about $3. Much easier to swallow than $10. I’m not sure if the WNW will be a core collection/colour. I’m fairly certain that the Kardashian collection (I refuse to spell that with a K) won’t be around forever. Here are some side by side bottle shots.

Twinsies? Or cousins?

Two coats of each!

Glorious sunlight!

As you can see, they are bang on. Same shimmer, same base white…different prices. If you are careful (and sober, unlike I was) these will cover in three thin coats. Two thick coats if you are impatient…like I was. For me, the choice is clear; Wet N Wild, all the way.

Both are great brands, and have time and time again, pleased me. But when it comes right down to it, I am cheap and poor. I suppose it is all personal choice. NOPI didn’t help its cause by having such CRAP bottles…

Drink shot!

To Dupe or Not To Dupe: China Glaze VS Wet N Wild

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Howdy! Welcome to round one, or the first post, of my new series: To Dupe or Not To Dupe? A couple of posts back (really, about two posts ago) I mentioned that I was going through my collection and more and more potential dupes, or doubles for my non-polish obsessed readers, were starting to rear their ugly (albeit glittery or shimmery) heads. Instead of lamenting the fact that I really have no control idea what polishes in my collection look like until they are compared against other bottles of polish, I decided to just blog about it. Maybe I could even help some people who might be waffling on two polishes.

I will be one to admit that more often than not, I fall for packaging and even labels in special circumstances (I’m looking at you, Volcom!) so I do my best not to scoff at people who are willing to shell out the big bucks for certain polish brands. But I also live in a town where the average age of citizens is about 75. So I do not always have the ability to pick up all kinds of polish. So in an attempt to help people like me, or people who want to save a few bucks, I’ve decided to do my best to find the cheaper alternatives for HTF or LE (Hard To Find and Limited Edition) colours. I am also no fool; I know much bigger blogs make posts like these. But they don’t always go into great detail and some posts just seem like an afterthought. So here I am, at my computer, typing up my first post, about the first dupe I ever discovered in my collection.

The contenders this match are both a gorgeous, glowy blue. China Glaze Frostbite was the one I picked up first, almost two years ago. I was very disappointed when it barely lasted a day on my nails, declaring that it must be the chemistry of my body that disagreed with it. I have since come to learn that my base/top coat combo mixed in with my job in the food industry were the larger culprits.

But I am a sucker for blue, so when Wet N Wild launched it “Fast Dry” line, I snapped up “Saved By The Blue” so quickly that I didn’t even remember buying it.

Then one day when I was looking for the perfect colour of the day (which was much easier back then because I probably only had about 50 bottles of polish) I noticed something about these two blues that had once made my heart sing…

One of these things is JUST like the other...

Hmmmmmm, are these twins, or just sisters?


If I told you that both of those swatches were China Glaze, would you believe me? I bet you would. But I wouldn’t tell you that because it is a lie and I don’t want to lie to my readers. CG is the top, and WNW is the bottom.

On closer inspection, these are loafers. What? No.

Even up close and personal, these babies are the same. Well, sure, on a swatchsicle they are the same. But how did they fare on the nail?


Unfortunately, they both bubbled. But that was my heavy handed rushing. Now. You tell me which colour is on which nail. They do not alternate; there is no rhyme or reason to the way I painted my nails.

Verdict: Well, WNW is far easier to get your hands on than CG. And about a third of the price. Considering that these two are spot on dupes, I’m going to have to rule WNW as the victor in my books. I like the shape of the WNW bottle a bit more than I like the CG bottle, and I like that SBTB is part of WNW’s core collection. I believe that Frostbite is also part of CG’s core collection, but like I said, I can’t get my mitts on them as easily. Both formulas were good, and the only advantage CG has over WNW, is the brush. I’m not the biggest fan of the Fast Dry brush. I have small nails, so it’s a smidge trickier to control. But all in all, these polishes are indeed twins.

PS. Bonus points to anyone who guesses the reference I made in the Close-up caption.

See you next time, where one of the Kardashian Kolors goes up against the newest line of Wet N Wild’s…