Despite being a nail polish collector, this is the first time I’m writing up a polish dupes comparison post. BUT…we all know “Never Say Never” right? As demonstrated by the very existence of this blog, where those words are the title of the first post on Kimett Kolor, here I am today a blogger of all things nail art. And what usually starts anyone down this path? A fascination for nail polish, of course. Little bottles of colorful, magical paints. Love them!
First Round: Yellow Polish Dupes
Thumb: OPI | I Can’t Cope-acabana
Index: Orly | Spark
Middle: Wet n Wild | Ferga-colada
Ring: Butter London | Pimms
Pinky: China Glaze | Sunchine Pop
All are creme except Sunchine Pop contains a yellow shimmer, albeit a shy one.
Formula: All are pretty good for yellows (that can be notoriously awful). I had the most trouble getting a level coat with Sunchine Pop despite the shimmer.
Coverage: Pimms is the most opaque, with Sunchine Pop coming in second. None had coverage issues.
Color: I Can’t Cope-acabana, Spark & Ferga-colada are all nearly dupes; however I Can’t Cope-acabana is slightly more intense. Pimms was the standout color for me – one of my very favorite shades of yellow.
Other: The Wet n Wild brand uses a very wide brush, even more so than OPI‘s, making it too wide for me to use on my pinky.
Verdict: I am going to keep I Can’t Cope-acabana and Pimms. I really like yellow. And these two shades are different enough to keep both.
Next Up: Orange Polish Dupes
Thumb: Butter London | Silly Billy
Index: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri | Dreamsicle
Middle: KIKO Quik Dry | 822
Ring: Zoya | Jancyn
Pinky: Lucky 13 Lacquer | Tequila Sunrise
All are creme except Tequilla Sunrise which is a thermal jelly with golden micro flakes.
I’ve probably mentioned it a time or two…orange is the color of my very first polish purchase. And being a child of the 70’s, I suppose this makes sense. I think the most memorable thing from that time period, is my Nana’s orange phone. I loved that thing, always catching everyone’s eye on the wall. It was so bright and vibrant, just like the polish on my thumb, Silly Billy. Is it weird to equate childhood memories with nail polish? Just say no. Lie if you have to, okay?
Formula: The creme’s all had good formulas; and, Tequila Sunrise was typical of a thermal polish.
Coverage: Dreamsicle was the most opaque, but they all have visible nail line.
Color: Jancyn and 822 were very close dupes. They had lovely color – it made choosing difficult.
Other: I didn’t experiment with Tequila Sunrise for it’s hot/cold sensitivity, but I did notice a mild color darkening over the exposed tips without any effort.
Verdict: After a longer time than I wish to admit, I finally chose to keep Jancyn in my collection. I really like Zoya’s bottles & brush. Also, I would have kept Silly Billy, but the bottle was damaged in shipping and my scotch tape solution isn’t holding up so well anymore…darn it. At least I got the chance to use it in my most recent colorful smoosh.
Last round: Red-Orange Polish Dupes
Thumb: Native War Paints | Radioactive
Index: OPI | Are We There Yet?
Middle: Zoya | Thandie
Ring: Barry M | Papaya
Pinky: Polish My Life | Mango Tango
All have some shimmer or mild holographic particles (Radioactive‘s is the most bold) except for Papaya which is a creme formula.
I’m teetering on the edge of orange polish mountain here, overlooking a meadow filled with coral colored poppies, I mean, polishes. But while we’re at this height…just look at these lovely fresh shades! Can you see why making it through my orange polish decisions was so hard?? They’re all gorgeous.
Formula: The three darker polishes all had excellent formulas. Papaya was the hardest to apply (although nothing awful).
Coverage: All of them were opaque enough – no major issues with coverage, although thicker coats might have been better for long nails.
Color: My color loving heart is happier with the more intense hues in this color palette.
Other: I had a ridge-filling base coat on this day — giving them a smoother appearance than the other two comparisons above.
Verdict: I couldn’t part with Radioactive, Are We There Yet? and Thandie; even as they are almost polish dupes of each other especially the latter pair. Grudgingly, I decided to part with the other two – but only because I have many other polishes fairly close in color. It also helped that I’ve used each of them in previous posts including stamping with Papaya in the early days and dancing a skittle with Mango Tango more recently. Phew! This was not an easy round!
The Final Bell
Of the 15 polishes tried on, I chose to keep 6. I think this was a good sign that I had too many polish dupes, don’t you?
Putting together this post has made going through the destash motions more fun; and it has helped rekindle my love for polish too. It’s lovely to feel a renewed sense of connection with my polish stash. Hopefully the post wasn’t too boring for you my dear reader…if nothing else, maybe it was a kolorful distraction to brighten up your day. Insert wide eyed, puppies & kittens face here.
Oh, and lastly, I NEED to know if there is anything you’d like me to add or do differently with the next Battle of the Kolors post – please let me know in the comments below.
Thanks so much for reading!
Till Next Time,