February 19, 2013

Spring 2013 Comparisons: OPI, China Glaze, Zoya & Orly

Hi guys!Today I have a ton of comparisons for you, there were a lot of suggestions from you guys that unfortunately I can't do due to not owning the polishes you wanted to see compared. Hopefully for those another blogger can do them for you guys! This is a pretty lengthy post so I'm just going to get into it! Click the read more button after the collage for all the comparisons!





China Glaze Budding Romance vs China Glaze Trendsetter vs Zoya Shawn. No dupes here, Trendsetter is much more yellow, it also has shimmer. Shawn is a lot darker and more green.


China Glaze Budding Romance vs Illamasqua Hectic. I used 2 coats of Hectic and 3 of Budding Romance for the photos below. No dupes here unfortunately, Budding Romance is much more of a jelly finish and it's more yellow toned.



China Glaze Dandy Lyin' Around vs Nicole by OPI All About The Glam. This should have included China Glaze Frosty as well since I think it's actually pretty close to Dandy Lyin' Around but I cannot seem to find my bottle anywhere :( I'm still looking for it so if I find it I'll post a comparison of them later on. Anyway, these 2 are not dupes, they are similar but the China Glaze is much more opaque and nicer looking overall. I think if you layered All About The Glam over white it would be a nice dupe of Dandy Lyin' Around. I used 3 coats of Dandy Lyin' Around and 4 of All About The Glam for the photo below.





China Glaze Fade Into Hue vs China Glaze Electric Beat vs Color Club Hydrangea Kiss. Apologies for the bottle shot of these ones, I couldn't get a color accurate photo of them on the nail for some reason. No dupes between these 3, Electric Beat is more of a blue leaning periwinkle while Fade Into Hue is more of a purple leaning periwinkle. Hydrangea Kiss is kind of in the middle of both of these but it's brighter than both on the nail.


Zoya Neely vs China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On vs China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint vs Orly Jealous, Much?. Jealous Much and Neely are pretty close here, Jealous Much is a touch darker but it's not a big enough difference to need both IMO. If you could only get one I'd go with Neely, the formula is much better. With the other 2 polishes here there are no dupes either, Keep Calm, Paint On is more blue toned and it's also a shimmer and Re-Fresh Mint is a lot brighter than all the other polishes. I used 2 coats for each polish.


China Glaze Pink-ie Promise vs Orly Artificial Sweetener. No dupes here either, the shimmer in Artificial Sweetener is more noticeable and it's also more of a dusty rosy pink. I used 2 coats for each polish.


China Glaze Snap My Dragon vs. OPI The Color of Minnie. These 2 are pretty close but not dupes, The Color Of Minnie leans a bit more towards red, where Snap My Dragon leans more to pink. The shimmer is very similar in them. I don't think you need both, I can't say I prefer one over the other...the formula and color of both is pretty!


OPI A Woman's Prague-ative vs OPI Pros & Bronze vs OPI DS Luxurious. A lot of you wanted to see China Glaze Riveting and China Glaze Harvest Moon here also but I don't own either of those, sorry! No dupes between these 3, all beautiful though! I used 3 coats for A Woman's Prague-ative and Pros & Bronze and 2 coats for DS Luxurious for the photos below.




Here is a whole ton of blues for you, I did do these all on the nail but again my camera was like NOPE. It's weird how it's easy to photograph all of these on their own but when you put them next to each other on the nail you have issues, maybe it's just me? Who knows. Anyway...the only close dupes between all of these are Zoya Robyn and China Glaze Sunday Funday, they aren't exact but it's hard to tell them apart on the nail. The rest are similar-ish but definitely not dupes.


OPI I Saw...U Saw...We Saw...Warsaw vs Nicole by OPI Khloe Had A Little Lam Lam vs China Glaze First Mate. No dupes here, Khloe Had A Little Lam Lam is much more teal and First Mate is lighter and more of a navy blue. I used 2 coats for each polish.


OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours vs OPI Red Lights Ahead...Where? vs China Glaze Roguish Red. Alright, now here is another that is hard to photograph, this post...my gosh. I almost rage quit these comparisons a few times, no lies. Red Lights Ahead...Where is much more red (even though it's leaning orange in the photo), it also has no shimmer. Roguish Red also has no shimmer and it's a bit of a darker shade of orange. They look closer in the photo than they are IRL. I used 2 coats for each polish for the photo below.


OPI My Vampire Is Buff vs OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons. These 2 aren't very close but I thought I'd include it since it was requested.



OPI My Vampire Is Buff vs. Lime Crime Milky Ways vs Zoya Jacqueline vs Illamasqua Load. Load is the oddball here, it's much more yellow than the others. Milky Ways & Jacqueline are very very close to My Vampire Is Buff but I wouldn't call either of them a dupe...maybe like fraternal twins (triplets?)? In the sun they look very close but the difference is easier to see in the shade. Do you need all 3? nope. I'd go with Zoya Jacqueline out of the 3...it had the best formula in my opinion. I used 2 coats for My Vampire is Buff, Milky Ways & Jacqueline and 3 coats of Load for the photos below.

Lighting: Shade




OPI OPI...Eurso Euro vs China Glaze First Mate vs China Glaze Man Hunt. No dupes with these 3. First Mate is more of a navy blue and Man Hunt is a lighter/brighter blue. OPI....Eurso Euro has nice purple undertones that are hard to see when it's on it's own but once you put it next to something more blue its much more noticeable. I used 2 coats for each polish.



OPI OPI...Eurso Euro vs OPI Dating A Royal vs Revlon Urban. No dupes here either, Dating a Royal is more of a jelly and it's a lot lighter. Revlon Urban has the right undertones but it's a few shades darker. I used 3 coats of Dating A Royal and 2 coats of OPI...Eurso Euro & Urban for the photo below.


OPI Oy Another Polish Joke vs OPI Goldeneye vs Zoya Ziv. No dupes between these 3, compared to Ziv and Goldeneye, Oy Another Polish Joke is much more of a yellow gold. You know whats weird? I don't like gold polish and I like all 3 of these haha.


OPI Suzi's Hungary Again vs OPI Come To Poppy vs OPI My Address Is Hollywood. No dupes here either, Come To Poppy is much brighter and the shimmer is pretty different. My Address Is Hollywood is darker and more shimmery. I used 2 coats for the photo below.

 

OPI Vant To Bite My Neck? vs OPI Sapphire In The Snow vs Essie No More Film. Surprisingly no dupes here, I actually don't have a dupe for Vant To Bite My Neck...I thought this would be an easy one to find something exact for! Sapphire In the Snow is a couple shades darker (you probably don't need both but they aren't dupes). No More Film leans much more towards blue. I used 2 coats of each polish for the photos below.


OPI Vant To Bite My Neck? vs a england Elaine vs Zoya Pinta vs Zoya Monica. No dupes here either, Elaine is darker and looks very brown toned when it's next to the other polishes. Monica is dustier and lighter and Pinta leans more towards blue. Pinta is looking a bit darker in the photo because of the angle of my finger, it's a dupe of No More Film if you want to refer the photo above!


Here is another big old bottle comparison for you because my camera was just seeing blue with these (so sorry guys). From Left to Right is Essie Lilacism, Zoya Julie, LCN Lilac Blossom, OPI You're Such A Budapest, China Glaze Tart-y For The Party, OPI Done Out In Deco and Essie She's Picture Perfect.

Crazy enough there is not 1 exact dupe in this bunch. Lilacism is much lighter than all the other, Julie is also lighter than all the others and it's also packed with shimmer. Done Out In Deco is much more of a grey toned lilac. The only close polishes here are LCN Lilac Blossom and OPI You're Such a Budapest. They aren't exact but close enough that I wouldn't get both, I'd go with the OPI if I had to pick.
 


Orly Boho Bonnet vs Zoya Kristen. These 2 looked exact in the bottle but ones on the nail Boho Bonnet is a little bit darker. You definitely don't need both of these, I'd go with Zoya Kristen since the formula is better! I used 2 coats for the photos below.



Orly Coachella Dweller vs Jessica Lime Cooler vs Essie Navigate Her. No dupes here either, Lime Cooler is more yellow toned and a lot brighter compared to Coachella Dweller. Navigate her is more of a pistachio green, it's more murky and yellow toned. I think you probably don't need all 3, I myself like Navigate Her the best of the 3! I used 2 coats for Navigate her and Lime Cooler and 3 coats of Coachella Dweller for the photo below.



Orly High On Hope vs Orly After Party. These 2 are similar but definitely not dupes, High on Hope is a navy blue base and After Party is a black base. In addition to that the shimmer is pretty different. I don't think you necessarily need both, they are different but definitely in the same family, if that makes any sense. I think High On Hope is the more unique polish of the 2! I used 2 coats for each polish.

 

Zoya GeiGei (GieGie? still haven't figured out which is right) vs OPI Pedal Faster Suzi. Pedal Faster Suzi is quite a few shades darker and not quite as shimmery. Unless you really like pink you could probably skip on either of these, my favorite is the Zoya. I used 2 coats of GeiGei/GieGie and 3 coats of Pedal Faster Suzi for the photo below.


Whew, well I hope that was helpful for you guys and answered some questions about dupes!

*some of the polishes in this post were provided to me for review*

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84 comments:

  1. I love posts like this! I'm drooling over those rows of blue and lilac! :)

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  2. I do love your comparison posts! So useful to see everything side by side - has definitely helped me refine my shopping list!

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  3. Thank you, I love your comparison posts!! :)

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  4. Thank you, I love your comparison posts!! :)

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  5. Wow! I can't imagine how long it took you to put this post together. Thank you do much, this is a great reference. :) I love your blog!

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  6. Thank you so much for your always amazing comparison posts. I know how much work they are and they are so helpful!

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  7. FANTASTIC post Jen!! Thank you :~)

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  8. GREAT POST! Love the color comparison.

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  9. thank you for this post! I love your dupe comparisons - even though I have a serious nail polish problem and own (too) many of these polishes already, it's really interesting to see how they look next to each other. your hard work is appreciated!

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  10. That's great! Thanks for taking the time to do this massive amount of swatches! I'd love to have seen Essie No More Film next to Warsaw and Eurso because I'm still trying to decided if they're too similar.

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  11. thanks this is so helpful!! the collections arrive much later here in hong kong which is bad because I keep seeing swatches and can't get my hands on things, but good because I get to see fantastic comparison posts like yours...going to pick some up tmr!!!

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  12. I love your comparison posts!

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  13. Just a question from a newbie: when you paint your nails, why do you leave a space between the color and your cuticles? Thanks, love your blog!

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  14. Your blog is awesome. That is a lot of comparisons. You go above and beyond.

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  15. just a personal preference

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  16. Thank you so much for this post! :)

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  17. Slightly random question, but since you were showing off some of the new China Glazes, is the Avant Garden collection only sold in a pack, or can you buy the bottles individually? I want Dandy Lyin' Around, and maybe Pink-ie Promise, but I don't think I want to buy the whole Pastel Petals pack.

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  18. Thank you so much for doing all this!

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  19. Thanks so much for taking the time to do these! Do you know the projected launch date for the Orly spring line?

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  20. Thank you so much for the comparisons! I can cross some polishes off my list now :)

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  21. Awesome post Jen! I just got Lime Crime Milky Ways and Load has been on my wishlist forever. Now I don't feel that I absolutely NEED it like I did before.

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  22. Wow! You've been busy! Thanks so much for taking the time to do all of
    these comparisons. Reading posts like this is always so much fun. :)

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  23. That's such a great comparison! I think you've just saved me about a hundred bucks ^__^ thanks!

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  24. Great comparisons, I have just crossed 2 off my 'to buy' list as I have the dupes - just saved me some. Only one polishahoic and she's MEGA!! X

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  25. Thank you. I love comparison posts. They're some of the most helpful.

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  26. It looks cleaner as your nails grow.

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  27. Awesome post! Thank you for taking the time and effort to do this!

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  28. Wow you sure love your readers!! What a lot of work woman! Love it

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  29. I find it easier to remove the polish if you leave a gap there (instead of polish-flooded cuticles ;), because you don't stain your cuticles and it looks lovely and neat :)

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  30. I don't know any exact info unfortunately :(

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  31. they are available individually

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  32. This must have taken a lot of work, phew! I'm tired just from reading! Thanks for the comparisons!

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  33. wow thank you so much for all the comparisons!!! that was a lot of work!!!!

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  34. Thanks for these! Looks like I'll have to pick up the OPI Euro Centrale collection since they are not dupes of anything from my ChG collection lol

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  35. thanks for the awesome comparison posts. even with this i am sure i accidentally buy a few that i don't need. oh well, that's the life of a polish lover.

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  36. You're my favorite blog, I love coming on here and viewing your Twitter. You should follow me back, @jennifer3310

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  37. No worries :) I don't remember the last time I was this excited about a new Orly release, so I'm waiting on pins & needles for these! Thanks again!

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  38. I love you. Awesome comparisons Jen

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  39. That was awesome! Thank you! It always makes my day when I wake up and see a long post on here!

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  40. lovelovelove your comparison posts - i can always edit my wishlist, and my wallet thanks you! :)

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  41. Woah, thanks for all the great comparisons!

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  42. I love your comparison posts!! This one was especially awesome and must have taken you forever!!

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  44. omg I love you and aspire to have a blog half as awesome as you. Seriously, this is so great! I think about doing comparisons all the time and then forget to do it or which ones I wanted to do :)

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  45. Thank you so much for this post! You are too awesome!

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  46. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the great comparisons! This is so helpful for those of us who have to limit our polish purchasing!

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  47. Thanks for all the comparisons!! Super helpful for my shopping list ;)

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  48. WOW!!! What a fabulous post!!! I added some polishes to my wishlist! Great shades!!

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  49. I'll have to try it; I'm not very successful keeping dark polish off my cuticles. It does look neat. The question is, am I coordinated enough? lol

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  50. You are so good at it, every picture is perfect!

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  51. Fantastic post! Thank you so much for sharing this and doing all these swatches!

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  52. I remember in my graphic design class, they had a pencil that was a color called something like 'photo ready blue' or 'non photo blue', because when you used it to mark up your design it was invisible when the camera took a picture. Kind of random, but I wonder if that's why your camera has trouble with the color blue. Also, I love your comparison posts. I always go through and weed out my 'want' list and take off the things I already have a dupe for.

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  53. This is an absolutely amazing post! Thanks so much for doing all of these comparisons. I'm glad I trusted my instinct to skip OPI My Vampire Is Buff since I've already got Zoya Jacqueline. :-)

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  54. you & me both!!! i'm seriously checking orly's site every day, and come march i'll probably call sally beauty every day too...hahahha uuuuugh i'm obsessed with it, and i NEVER buy full collections!

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  56. Any staining with China Glaze Sunday Funday? Which polish do you prefer between Opi Prague-ative and Mariah Carey Sprung?

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  57. Amazing! Thank you very much for the comparisons....they really help to decide which polishes are interesting and need to come live with me :-)

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  58. Massive comparison!!! I'm quite sad I own just few of these pretty polishes (especially the purple ones <3).

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  59. comparison posts are the best! so informative. thank you for the work you put into this!

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  60. Wow, that's an awesome post. Thank you so much!

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  61. I love that you listen to what we want to see!! Your blog is the one I follow the most!!
    Can you tell me more about OPI Honk If You Love OPI vs China Glaze Urban-Night vs. OPI Vant to bite my neck? I read your previous blog on OPI Honk If You Love OPI vs China Glaze Urban-Night but the new OPI VTBMN has caught my eye too!!

    TY in advance!! :)

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  62. can anyone recommend a bright true turquoise nail colour? ive been looking at swatches everywhere but i either find ones that lean more blue or green never nicely in the middle:(

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  63. You are amazing-or insane...Kidding! Thank you so much for the comp post! Really so helpful.

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  64. OMG this is epic. I can't even imagine how long this must have taken you xx

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  65. Wow this is so helpful! Thank you so much! Comparisons of pastel mints and light yellows are especially useful for me, now I see I don't need all of them )) speaking of pastels, do you plan to review Butter London Spring 2013?

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  66. nope, not planning on buying those. Sorry

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  67. this is so helpful and fabulous.... my only question... is 'don't pretzel my buttons' as close to 'jacqueline' as it appears???

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  68. Hi! I'm loving your comparisons of all those purples!!! That's a lot of lilac.

    Do you have any suggestions on a really awesome pastel purple? (From OPI, Essie, China Glaze preferrably as most other brands are difficult to find)

    I have do you lilac it but its not what I was looking for! :/

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  69. hey!! if you see this - i went to sally beauty today & they had it AND they were on sale for $5.50/each. i was giddy, the register girl thankfully was as excited about the collection as i was or else she would have thought i was nuts lol

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  70. Woohoo! Wonderful comps =D Fingers crossed that you find Frosty.

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  71. WOW! great, awesomeness post! I just find out there are a few shades I don't really "need", lol. Thanks for these great comparisons, I know they take so much time, but all readers are much thankful for them!

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  72. Thank you so much for the swatches...glad to know Eurso Euro is not similar to Man Hunt.
    Hoping someone can help me with this but I am really curious to know how Sally Hansen’s Coral Reef compares to Suzi’s Hungary Again. Has anyone compared the two? I know Coral Reef doesn’t have the shimmer but in terms of the pinkish-coral shade, are they similar? Could Coral Reef pass as a dupe? Trying to save some money here, if possible, and I am loving that pink yet coral shade for my skin tone b/c it gives my pale skin some much needed color but I don’t want to have too many of the same or similar shades in my collection. Thanks for any help on this!

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  73. I wish I could tell you but I don't own that Sally Hansen :( Hopefully another blogger is able to do that comparison for you!

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  74. What's weird is that quite a few of these polishes are dupeable by Barry M - Can't Find my Czechbook for Pure Turquoise, Sunday Funday possibly for Cyan Blue, I Saw... You Saw... We Saw... Warsaw for Blackberry Gelly (Google won't help you on this one as loads of the bottles were mislabelled so everyone blogged about it under the wrong name), Vant To Bite My Neck? for Plum Gelly, Eurso Euro for Indigo, and You're Such A Buda-Pest! for Prickly Pear Gelly :) Lovely swatches by the way, really helpful xxx

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  75. This is an excellent comparison! Thank you so much for everything you do. ♥

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  76. OMG!!! Thank you this is awesome!!

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  77. I love the comment about almost rage quitting the comparison, because, as a fellow nail blogger, honestly I don't know how you do it. You make what you do here look effortless because you do it so well, but obviously you worked very hard on this post. I totally feel the rage quit myself at times and I don't work near as hard on my blog as you do. Kudos for your determination. You are helping so many of us decide what to hoard and what to kick to the curb! My wallet says thanks!

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