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Friday, August 08, 2014

Why Pay More - The Nail Polish Edition

Why Pay More - The Nail Edition

I am a creature of habit, boring (and ridiculous) in one aspect but on the plus side it does mean that I more often than not have several dupes for one product. It was only a few days ago that I spoke about my love for Chanel Frenzy Nail Polish but my affections don't quite expand to the formulation. Luckily I have great readers (seriously you are the BEST) and the recommendations for a great dupe came flooding in. With that in mind I rummaged through my nail polish stash and realised that I have a good few dupes for all my favourite hues. Whoops. On the plus side a new series was born - why pay more, why indeed! 

Why Pay More - The Nail Edition

So lets begin with Chanel Frenzy Nail Lacquer at £18 (find it here via Debenhams) it is far from cheap. Why did I splash out? Well it is an uber chic shade that is one of the few neutral hues that looks great on almost everyone. I personally like that it goes with every outfit choice, life situation and despite being a grey toned beige (greige?) it looks more than okay on my toes. Chanel Frenzy Nail Lacquer makes me feel like a lady, a real grown up if you will - one coat gives a polished but carefree look, two coats gives an opaque adult world ready wash of colour. Yes I love the shade but the fact that it chips within hours not days is not okay in my book, not at £18 a bottle. Enter Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish in Oh, Mr Darcy (thanks to everyone who commented that this is a stellar dupe) - so close in shade that you would swear it is identical. The main difference between the two is that Oh, Mr Darcy is slightly warmer and more taupe than grey but it is so minute that you could claim it was Chanel Frenzy and no one would dare question it. At £4.49 Rimmel Oh, Mr Darcy is the better choice in terms of bang for your buck, it also doesn't hurt that it less prone to chipping! You can find it here via Superdrug - link.

Why Pay More - The Nail Edition

Another favourite polish of mine and perhaps a cult shade has to be Nails Inc Baker Street (find it here on offer). My love for this bright cobalt blue hue knows no bounds but I must confess the formulation is not all that. Sure it applies beautifully, two quick coats and you are good to go but man oh man does this chip easily. So easily. Within half an hour of application I often detect chips and peeling. Initially I thought I had a dud bottle but three purchases down the line it is still the same story. Well what if I told you that NYC Expert Last Nail Polish in Hudson Breeze is pretty must identical? What if I told you that you can find it at Superdrug for £2.49? A complete snip. The main difference is that Hudson Breeze is ever so slightly lighter and leans a little more lilac in tone but other than that they are pretty much the same hue. Despite only being £2.49 NYC Expert Last Nail Polish in Hudson Breeze is a stellar polish, two coats and you have full opaque coverage and I get around two days of chip free wear without a top coat! You can find it here - link. Another good call is Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Blue Grape but it is noticeably deeper in tone.

Why Pay More - The Nail Edition

One of my most worn polishes of the Summer has been Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Coral Beach which annoyingly was limited edition (you may still find it on certain counters). This dreamy, light coral come peach really compliments a tan and is just such an easy shade to wear. Well the good news is that Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Papaya is almost identical. In my opinion what sets the polishes apart is that the Barry M choice is slightly more orange toned opposed to the more obvious pink tones of Coral Beach but at £3.99 a bottle I guess I can't complain, you can find it here -link. The point of this post was to find cheaper alternatives and although Clinique A Different Nail Enamel in Really Rio is around £6 cheaper it isn't quite budget friendly at £12 a bottle. On the plus side Clinique Really Rio is almost identical to Tom Ford Coral Beach, the Clinique version is just slightly brighter. You can find it here - link.

Why Pay More - The Nail Edition

Do you recall two Summer ago (or was it Spring?) when all that was on everyone's nails was Essie Bikini So Teeny? It is still a personal favourite of mine, I have a weakness for cornflower blue shades especially when it comes to nail polish. Essie Bikini So Teeny (you can find it here)isn't the easiest polish to purchase especially if you live in a small town like myself. If you haven't already gave in and purchased Rimmel I Love Lasting Finish Polish in Fancy a Dip do it, do it now. Okay it is not an outright dupe for Bikini So Teeny but the colour is pretty similar. I would go as far as saying I prefer Fancy a Dip - it applies beautifully and is a little brighter in tone too. Oh and who can argue with a £2.99 price tag? You can find it here - link.

Hopefully this was somewhat helpful?
I really need to stop purchasing almost identical nail polishes!
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32 comments:

  1. These colour dupes are great! I've actually yet to find a 'high end' nail polish that is really worth the price difference - Barry M seems to have the best non-chipping power I've ever found!
    The Graduate Goddess xx

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  2. Eeekkk! This is brilliant! I am going to hunt down the dupes, thank you!

    http://reflectionofsanity.blogspot.com/

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  3. Ha it's so cool to see the dupes you have! So many similar bits but makes a good post :D

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    1. Haha it is a little shameful but like you said my silliness has helped others :)

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  4. These dupes are possibly the best I've ever seen, they're basically the exact same shade!! xx

    Pillarbox Post

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    1. Crazy how many dupes there are out there (or in my stash ha) x

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  5. I love that not only do you do cheaper dupes but also more widely available ones like with the Essie polish. When I first clicked on this post, I thought Bikini So Teeny is a good price and is almost always on offer, what's the issue with price? This post happily surprised me!

    kelsykins.blogspot.ca

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    1. Ah phew, I ummed and ahhed about the Essie polish but where I live there is no Essie stands. I have to go into town which is fine but sometimes you just want to chuck a polish in your basket when your in buying cotton buds etc haha!

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  6. These dupes are identical!! I love the name Oh, Mr Darcy - I love Pride & Prejudice a bit too much. Can't believe how similar the Chanel & Rimmel one are! xxx

    Blog This With Hannah

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  7. Definitely very helpful. It's always useful to find dupes, especially ones that work! I love the coral peach color. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

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  8. This was super helpful! I've been dying to try 'Frenzy' for a while, but now I'm adding Rimmel's offering straight to the top of my wishlist:)

    Esmé // CloudEsmé

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  9. Wow, amazing dupes. Shame about the expensive buys when they don't last well. Just goes to show high end isn't always better. X

    Kate | A British Sparkle

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  10. I love dupe posts, my budget is tight atm so they're always welcome

    ox Lucy
    itslalalalucy.blogspot.com

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  11. Dupe posts are so good, you've found some really great high-street alternatives! Especially great for those special occasion colours because it doesn't matter so much if you only spend half the amount!

    Victoria

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  12. Great post, nail varnish is the one thing that I always but at the drug store...I would love to own a big chanel collection but if it cheaps so easily then there is not much point. I love how similar these colours are, Barry M Papaya is one of my faves!

    Jo | A Little Pop Of Coral

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  13. Loving these dupes! I'm definitely going to have to check out Barry M Papaya. I must admit, Essie polishes are my guilty pleasure, but I justify it by buying them on 3 for 2 ;)

    Helen x
    http://themidnightcity.com

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  14. The royal blue shades are gorgeous!!

    laurenslittleblogs.blogspot.co.uk : Student Box Swap

    xx

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  15. Love a good nail polish dupe! I'm constantly buying similar shades!

    http://shewhoisshort.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. Might have to browse through my nail collection and see how many dupes I have !

    Great post
    www.bitofeverythingblog.co.uk

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  17. I've been looking for a Bikini So Teeny dupe for awhile now, so this was amazing to see especially because Rimmel's formulas are so good.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  18. Great Dupes! Might have to check Oh Mr Darcy and the Barry M Grape.

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  19. we can't get barry m in the states ): but the rimmel polish colors are great!!

    Natalie / Salt & Sail

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    1. Try ASOS :) they ship internationally!

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  20. I love the cheaper options! I have one Chanel polish and it thoroughly disappointed!

    CassandraMyee | NZ Beauty Blog

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  21. You have some gorgeous shades, love the coral colours!
    xprincessjas | ♥

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  22. Totally been waiting for a post like this, massive thank you!! Off to shop!

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  23. I spotted Oh Mr Darcy in a duo pack in B&M Bargains recently for something like £2. Worth a nosey if you have one nearby!

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  24. So many fabulous dupes! I really need Barry M. Blue Grape and Papaya in my life!

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  25. One polish that I absolutely cannot find a dupe for is Essie's Strut Your Stuff. It's a bright turquoise blue that is so stunning and unique. Check it out!

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  26. It is great when you can find cheaper dupes for products that you love. I love Essie's Bikini So Teeny and Barry M's Papaya

    zoea2812.blogspot.com

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