June 7, 2013

Textured Nail Polish Comparisons

Hi guys! Today I have a few comparisons for all the textured polishes we've seen so far for this year. A lot of you have been requesting this so I hope this helps answer some questions for you! If there are any that I missed that you'd like to see let me know in the comments, I'm happy to do them if I own the polishes you want to see side by side.

Check out all the comparisons by clicking the read more button below.

*some polishes in this post were sent for review, some were purchased by me.*


All photos in this post are in natural sunlight and without top coat.

JulieG Blueberry Fizz vs Nicole by OPI Blue-Berry Sweet On You. These despite having similar names aren't really very close in the dupe department. The glitter in Blueberry Fizz is much more chunky and it's also a lighter, more icy blue. Now that I'm looking at these I think it might be close to OPI Tiffany Case but I didn't think of putting them side by side until typing up this post...be on the look out for that comparison at a later date. I used 2 coats for each polish for the photos below.





JulieG Hot Cinnamon vs OPI Magazine Cover Mouse. These 2 are pretty much dupes, they aren't 100% exact but I think normal people would have a hard time telling them apart. Hot Cinnamon is slightly darker and Magazine Cover Mouse is a touch more shimmery. You definitely don't need both of these, they are both comparable in the formula department so I'd just get whatever is cheapest/most accessible for you. I used 2 coats for each polish.





JulieG Rock Candy vs Orly Aqua Pixel. These 2 are pretty dead on dupe wise, the glitter, color and formula were pretty much the same. If you have one I'd pass on the other. I used 2 coats for each polish.




Zoya Destiny vs JulieG Sugar Rush vs OPI Jinx. Personally, these 3 are what I wanted to put side by side...I thought they would all be dupes since they sure looked like it in the bottle. However, they aren't dupes....more like fraternal triplets haha! It's a bit hard to see in person since this color is a pain to photograph, the differences are subtle but they are there. Destiny is more of a jelly base than the other 2 and it also leans a touch more coral than the others. Sugar Rush is thicker formula wise and also a little darker than the other two, Jinx is kind of in the middle of the 2. My personal favorite is Jinx, I think it had the best formula of the 3....if you have 1 of these I'd pass on the other 2. I used 2 coats for each polish below.



Zoya Beatrix vs JulieG Tangerine Dream. These 2 are also dupes, formula wise...glitter wise...color wise etc... they were pretty much spot on. I used 2 coats for each polish.




Orly Black Pixel vs Nicole by OPI A-Nise Treat vs Zoya Dahlia. A-Nise Treat and Dahlia are definitely dupes and while Black Pixel has the same black/silver look it dries much less matte/textured looking when next to the other 2 so I'm hesitant to call it a dupe. Out of the 3 I personally prefer Dahlia, I liked the formula best but they are all close enough to not need all 3. I used 2 coats of each polish for the photos below.



Zoya Miranda vs NOPI Candy Is Dandy. These two aren't really very close but I thought I'd include the comparison anyway. Candy is Dandy is a much lighter pink and the glitter is much more chunky. I used 2 coats for Miranda and 3 coats for Candy is Dandy for the photos below.



Zoya Stevie vs NOPI I Lilac Gumdrops. These 2 are also not dupes, I Lilac Gumdrops is a more blue leaning lilac and it also has chunkier glitter and blue shimmer that Stevie lacks. Both are pretty and worth getting if you are a purple fan. I used 2 coats for Stevie and 3 for I Lilac Gumdrops for the photos below.



OPI Get Your Number vs Zoya Liberty vs OPI Tiffany Case. These 3 aren't really close but I'm sure people were wondering how they were side by side. My apologies for not putting these on the nail, both Libery and Tiffany Case stain and I just didn't feel like dealing with that haha!


Zoya Solange vs OPI Honey Ryder. These two also aren't very close but I thought I'd show them side by side anyway. Both are gold but Solange is a more of a bright yellow gold and Honey Ryder is a lighter more antiqued looking gold. I used 2 coats for each polish.



That's it, hope this was helpful for you guys!

*The Orly & JulieG polishes were purchased by me, the other polishes in this post were sent for review*

43 comments:

  1. Very useful comparisons. I may add that Golden Rose Holiday #53 is the same as Jinx, and Golden Rose Holiday #60 may be a dupe for Dahlia.

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  2. Great comparison post!! Thank you!

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  3. Wow, thank you for such a thorough review. I thought the black was especially helpful because I didn't realize the Zoya and Nicole by OPI were dupes :)

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  4. Wow this is an AWESOME comparison. Your fingers must have been soaking in the acetone. I know the Julie G's I have tried were as hard to take off as all glitters and I might have cursed super sparkly nail polish. Not a real curse, just an annoyance I didn't expect with removal. The OPI sands I tried came off far easier IMO.

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  5. Amber DeMordaunt JohnsonJune 7, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    thank you! i have been waiting for this sort of comparison from someone! :)

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  6. This is a FABULOUS post. Thank you!

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  7. awesome post - I love your comparisons xx

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  8. THANK YOU for the JulieG Rock Candy vs Orly Aqua Pixel comparison, I've been waiting for that one for SO LONG! Great post.

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  9. Great comparison post on them all!

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  10. I always appreciate your comparison posts...my bank account thanks you! :)

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  11. thanks for the comparison. i really want a black texture and this is helpful. tiffany case and blueberry fizz are really close. i have a comparison that i need to post but they are extremely close. and yes, the blues stain. :)

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  12. I wish there was a dupe for NOPI My Cherry Amour. It's so hard to get outside US

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  13. I think a lot of European brands are doing textured polishes also, Kiko came out with a ton of them. I don't have access to that brand so I'm not sure if they have a dupe but they might! Hope you're able to find one!

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  14. Thank you for this post, I have been waiting for someone to compare the texture polishes!

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  15. I'm sorry, but I cannot wait for this Textured/Liquid Sand polish craze to end. I doubt my OCD would be able to handle the texture. I get any small dent, smudge, or chip in my polish and I end up picking or zeroing in on it until I take it off. Give me shiny and smooth any day.

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  16. That's my problem as well xD Just being able to feel it would drive me crazy, though I really like the look of textures with glitte/shimmer. Any time I go any kind of 3D nail art like fimo or rhinestones, I need to use a ton of topcoat to make it as smooth as possible. Texture+Me= Bad News Bears.

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  17. I LOVE textured polishes =) I love the play and experimentation they allow, and I think the effect (at least for the textured polishes I like ) is really quite stunning. Different strokes....I really rather hope it's not a craze that passes! At least not too quickly.....

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  18. Denise DresplingJune 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    OOoo thank you for doing this! So many so similar! And it's great to see ones like Solange and Honey Ryder. Sometimes it's hard to see how similar they are or aren't unless the bottles are both there with you.

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  19. Denise DresplingJune 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    I thought that, too, and I'm the same way about smoothness. I bought just one and tried it and actually liked it (then bought 3 others)! It's really not too rough, not like sandpaper or anything. Have you tried one? You *might* change your mind. (Or might not ;)

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  20. Cristina ImpoverishedJune 7, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    I've heard of lots of people who said this who ended up changing their minds. However, I am totally with you. I don't get bothered by the texture, but I haaate the look. I bought Zoya Nyx in hopes of it changing my mind, and I still dislike texture after wearing it. I consider the trend a money saving opportunity, though!

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  21. Cristina ImpoverishedJune 7, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    I hope you used the foil method for those. It makes glitter polishes so much less of a hassle to deal with. If you didn't, search for "foil method" nail removal or something and there's plenty of information out there!

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  22. The Julie G ones have an extra interesting texture -- I like that the glitter looks a little chunkier. Love Zoya Solange, Liberty and Miranda too!

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  23. Thaanks for this post!! ^^ Love your comparisons :)

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  24. Joanna @ The Treasure ChestJune 8, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    I'm one of those people who need my nails to be smooth so texture polish is really not for me. I own a couple but always cringe when I feel it

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  25. To me it's just the same as the crackle polishes. They were the big IT thing for a while and I was a happier person when they finally died. Sorry, I can't seeing buying one to even try. I've seen swatches in person and just really didn't like them.

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  26. Yeah, I guess that's one way to look at it. The polish community is saving me money by making polishes I can't stand...LOL!

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  27. I predict/hope it will follow the same path that Crackle polishes did. They were HUGE and then they sulked in to a corner and died.

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  28. I do have to say some of them look quite nice, but yeah the texture would drive me crazy after a few hours tops. I have a nail art on right now that's not 100% smooth and I keeping focusing on it. Pretty nail art, but it's driving me bonkers...LOL.

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  29. Thanks for doing this comparison!!

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  30. Nail Polish TherapyJune 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Have you or do you plan to have a blog sale? I can't imagine how many polishes you have especially the dupes!

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  31. I don't do blog sales, sorry

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  32. I hope that doesn't happen, there are a lot of us that really enjoy the textured polishes.

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  33. Oh I hope that doesn't happen either.

    It's possible, of course, although I happen to think textured
    polishes are far more attractive than crackles ever were. And a little more workable. But it's so popular right now that the attention has to drop at some point. I just really love these polishes - not all, granted, but certain ones are just stunning. It's difficult to have "fun" and try something different with polish while still being semi-sophisticated (I love me a glitter bomb, but they are not appropriate for every occasion). And I think textured polishes achieve this balance.

    The texture really isn't a big deal - the bumpiness, I mean.
    I have an issue when a polish that is meant to be smooth and glassy has a chip or an air bubble or a dent. But the roughness of some of these polishes really isn't bad at all. You might change your mind. For ex, the Zoya PixieDust grind is fine and really pretty; the Nails Inc. leather effects are pretty subtle as well. Sometimes swatches (not the Polishaholic’s, of course!) make the texture look a little
    coarser because of the close-up – I found this to be the case w/OPI Liquid Sands. For my tastes they're great, and I'll milk them as long as the trendiness lasts.

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  34. The swatches do always do them justice. I wasn't a fan of crackles that much at all - but these I love. To the chagrin of my wallet of course. But the textures polishes are different from each other, as this excellent comparison post shows - there are lumpier ones I loathes, and fine, shimmery ones I think are quite beautiful.

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  35. The Beauty of Nail PolishJune 14, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Your swatches are lovely :) I wish I could do such a good pictures as well :)

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  36. The Beauty of Nail PolishJune 14, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    I wish I could make such a good swatches as well :) I think, I need a better camera :)

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  37. Jen,
    thank you soooo much for this comparison,
    it was what we were all waiting for!!!
    As much as I love textured polishes,
    my stash was getting too full of them!!
    Now I know just which ones I should get/pass ♥♥♥

    - ayaka xxx

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  38. Had to say this.. I'm very OCD. The people who say they wouldn't leave their nails alone and pick at it are not OCD. If my nails have chips then it comes straight off and the thought of picking at my polish?, well that just wouldn't happen. I LOVE textured polish as it looks perfectly applied and lasts longer than regular polish. If I have nail art with things attached then all the time it looks good, its on there and as soon as there is a flaw?- off again. I really hope texture is here to stay and endures...

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  39. Allison Galovic MihalyovSeptember 15, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    Thanks So much!!! I don't know how I missed this when I searched before!

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  40. This is such a weird question but what font did you use for the names of the polishes on the pictures of the nails? I'm designing my son's nursery with custom saying and the font is almost perfect to what I was looking for. BTW what brought me here is your knowledge of polishes!! I just recently took off my 12 year acrylic addiction and I'm venturing into polishes ! I absolutely LOVE your stash!! I bought 4 polishes based on your critique alone!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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  41. I believe it's called Honey Script :)

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  42. Hi, this is super helpful!! I am looking for a "classic red" texture/glitter polish. If you have Zoya Chyna......how does it compare to JulieG "hot cinnamon" and the OPI "magazine cover"?? Thanks for your help! I want a type of red that is classic mickey/christmas. haha

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  43. Sherrie RickettsJune 9, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    I just found the JulieG Sugar Rush on clearance for a buck at my drug store. It took my breath away in the bottle, and it's even more stunning on! I have a new favorite textured polish.

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