July 4, 2013

Summer Comparisons


Hi guys! Hope you're all having a nice 4th of July, I'm happy to have the day off from work today...I'm planning on sleeping in and then eating a lot of BBQ and consoling Degen while he panics from the fireworks. Today I have a bunch of comparisons for you for some of the polishes we've seen for Summer 2013. I have more that I want to do but I either couldn't find the polishes in the mess of my stash or I didn't own the polishes you wanted to see compared. There were also some that were just impossible to photograph, like China Glaze That's Shore Bright vs piCture pOlish Wisteria and Illamasqua Jo'Mina (none are dupes if you're wondering). Check out the comparisons after the jump!


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



A England Briar Rose vs Orly Miss Conduct. Clearly no dupes here, they are different enough to get both if you like these kinds of polishes. I used 2 coats of each for the photo below, photo is in natural sunlight.


A England Fated Prince vs A England Ascalon vs A England Bridal Veil. No dupes between any of these, Ascalon has a purple flash to it and Bridal Veil is much darker. All 3 are great and different enough for me! I used 2 coats of each for the photo below, photo is in natural sunlight.


China Glaze Are You Jelly vs Essie DJ Play That Song. No dupes here, they are different shades of purple but they are probably close enough to not really need both unless you really like purple jellies. If you only get one my pick would be the Essie, the formula was much better. I used 2 coats of DJ Play That Song and 3 of Are You Jelly? for the photo below, photo is in natural sunlight.


Essie Boom Boom Room vs China Glaze Bottoms Up vs Nicole by OPI Tink's In The Pink vs OPI If You Moust You Moust.  No dupes between any of these, this makes a pretty ombre manicure though lol! I used 2 coats of each polish for the photo below, photo is in natural sunlight.



Essie Boom Boom Room vs OPI Pink Friday vs OPI Chic From Ears To Tail vs Zoya Shelby. No Exact dupes between these however Boom Boom Room and Shelby were closer in person than it looks in photos, you definitely don't need one if you have the other. I used 2 coats for each polish, photo is in natural sunlight.


Essie Naughty Nautical vs Zoya Zusa vs Maya Cosmetics Reef. No dupes between these either! I used 2 coats of each, photo is in natural sunlight.


Essie Shake Your $$ Maker vs Zoya Josie vs Essie Mijito Madness vs Essie Pretty Edgy. No dupes between any of these, all the green cremes are different shades and Shake Your $$ Maker is very different finish wise. I used 2 coats for all of these except for Shake Your $$ Maker which is 3 coats. The photo below is in natural sunlight.


Essie The More The Merrier vs Nicole by OPI Sweet On Pete vs OPI Did It On Em vs China Glaze Def Defying. These are all probably similar enough to not need all of them but the only dupes between these 4 are Sweet On Pete and Did It On Em which are pretty spot on. I used 2 coats of each, photo is in natural sunlight.


OPI A Definite Moust Have vs Zoya Yana. These 2 are not exact dupes but they are very close, closer than it looks in the photo. I used 2 coats for both, photo is in natural sunlight.


OPI Innie Minnie Mighty Bow vs OPI The Color of Minnie. No dupes here but unless you really love shimmery reds you probably don't need both, I myself prefer Innie Minnie Might Bow. I used 2 coats of each, photo is in natural sunlight.


Orly Beautiful Disaster vs OPI Suzi And The 7 Dusseldorfs. No dupes here either, the OPI is a few shades darker than the Orly. I used 2 coats of each, photo is in natural sunlight.



Orly Melt Your Popsicle vs Orly Mayhem Mentality. Both of these are MUCH brighter in person, I had to take the photo in the shade because my camera was just having none of this in the sunlight. Both are eye searing but pretty different shades of orange. next to Melt Your Popsicle Mayhem Mentality almost looks like a pastel neon. I used 3 coats for each polish, photo is in the shade.



Zoya Amy vs OPI DS Luxurious. No dupes here, DS Luxurious is darker and more red toned. I used 2 coats for each, photo is in the shade.


Zoya Bobbi vs Zoya Izzy. No dupes here either, finish wise Bobbi is more foil like and Izzy is a regular shimmer, Izzy is also a few shades darker. I used 2 coats for each polish, photo is in the shade.


Zoya Darcy vs Zoya Creamy vs Zoya Pippa vs Nicole by OPI Hit The Lights. None of these are exact dupes, Darcy and Hit The Lights are very close to each other and Pippa and Creamy are also very similar to each other. Unless you have a big obsession with yellow I'd think you only need 1 of these, my pick would be Darcy. I used 2 coats for Darcy and 3 coats for all of the other polishes, photo is in natural sunlight.



Zoya Hazel vs Zoya Crystal vs Zoya FeiFei. No dupes here, Feifei is much darker and different in the shimmer department. Crystal and Hazel are similar but Crystal is darker and Hazel is more of an icy metallic kind of blue. I used 3 coats for Crystal and FeiFei and 2 coats for Hazel, photo is in the shade.


Zoya Kerry vs OPI Oy-Another Polish Joke vs OPI Goldeneye vs Zoya Ziv. No dupes between any of these, Oy Another Polish Joke and Kerry are similar enough that you probably don't need both. I used 3 coats for Oy Another Polish Joke and 2 coats for the other polishes, photo is in the shade.




Zoya Rocky vs OPI Can't Find My Czechbook vs Essie In The Cab-ana.  Can't Find My Czechbook and Rocky were pretty spot on, I couldn't tell them apart in person! I used 2 coats of each, photo is in natural sunlight.


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

24 comments:

  1. Do you know if China Glaze Something Sweet and OPI Pink Friday are dupes? I LOVE your blog! extremely helpful! Thanks

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  2. Great comparisons! So helpful.

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  3. i loove comparison posts. :) awesome job!!

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  4. I don't own that China Glaze, I'm not sure how they compare...sorry

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  5. Thank you, I love your comparisons!

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  6. I love comparison posts :) Now I can see which I can get rid of out of my collection!

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  7. Thanks SO much for doing this. Makes a great reference, helps my wallet too!

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  8. you just went into BEAST mode!

    LOVE! thank you

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  9. Thank you for all the hard work that went into this post! It's very helpful since I hate having dupes in my collection.

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  10. Loved this! Thanks for these. I think a consistent pattern in my preferring Zoya shades these days...

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  11. It's so funny you posted Can't Find My Czechbook and Rocky, because I JUST passed on CFMC for Rocky instead. I love Zoya and I thought they looked spot on in the bottle. You proved it!

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  12. I do love comparison posts! Thanks Jen!

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  13. Thank you for these comparison posts! I've been wanting OPI Can't Find My Czechbook since the first swatches started showing up, but I didn't realize it was such a dead match for Zoya Rocky, which I already own. One more polish I don't need to buy! =)

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  14. I think you meant Orly Beautiful Disaster?

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  15. Thanks for these, always appreciated!

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  16. lol yep, I sure did. I'll fix it when I get a chance to re-edit the photo. That's what happens when I edit photos/posts at midnight

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  17. Great post, love to see these comparisons for reference. Definitely added Zoya Kerry to my WL since it's distinct enough. :)

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  18. Huge post! Thanks for all the effort. Going through posts like this is so nice. A few of the shades you compared are on my wishlist, and after seeing them next to their similar counterparts I know they can stay on my wishlist, and I don't need the other one(s)! Thank you so much!

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  19. I love your comparison posts!

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  20. Great comparisons! Thanks!

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  21. Thanks a lot, these comparison posts you make are always so helpful!

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  22. Julie Sauvé RobertJuly 27, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Are OPI A Definate Moust Have and Nicole by OPI A Like-Haley Story similar? Close enough not to have both? ... Thanks ahead of time :-). LOVE COMPARISON POSTS :-D

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  23. Pls do a post about all the baby blue polishes!saw u did a post about blue but it's all dark or navy colored

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