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Archive for July, 2012

Clone Attack: Zoya Pinta versus Essie No More Film

We have a Clone Attack provided by Christina of the Lacquer Clones Swatching group on Facebook: Zoya Pinta and Essie No More Film.

As indicated on the photo: Pinta is on the left, and No More Film is on the right. Both are swatched with two coats with flash.

To my eye, Pinta looks ever so slightly darker and bluer– not enough to own both. I prefer Pinta– what about you?

Clone Attack: Butter London Disco Biscuit, Maybelline Crushed Candy

Lisa from Cosmetic Sanctuary has a pretty neat Clone Attack/dupe comparison to share today: Butter London Disco Biscuit and Maybelline Crushed Candy.

Crushed Candy (middle finger) is on the left; Disco Biscuit (pointer) is on the right.


(photo provided by Lisa of Cosmetic Sanctuary)

 

Saya Lisa:

Butter London Disco Biscuit is on my pointer finger and Maybelline Crushed Candy is on my middle finger. Disco Biscuit needed 3 coats (and still sheerish), Crushed Candy need 2 (for this pic). Base color is almost exact, the only big difference is the Disco Biscuit has chunkier iridescent glitter while Crushed Candy has more of a fine “shimmer” in the same iridescent glitter color.

If you would like to see more from Lisa, feel free to check out her amazing beauty blog and follow her on Facebook.

Clone Attack: A-England Avalon, Pure Ice No Means No, A-England Order of the Garter, and Zoya Song

Guess what I got?! Dupe comparisons for two A Englands: one with  a budget-priced Wal-Mart polish, and *another* up against Zoya Song from the new Fall 2012 Diva collection!

Swatch photos are courtesy of Rebecca, a friendly face who I know via Facebook’s Zoya Nail Polish Exchange Group.  From left to right:A-England Avalon, Pure Ice No Means No, A-England Order of the Garter, and Zoya Song.

Rebecca reports that “I was just swatching [Order of the Garter] to compare to Zoya Song… and remembered again how BAD it is! It goes on kind of clumpy and take like 3 or 4 coats! So unlike my other smooth as butter 1 or 2 coater A-Englands!”

Only speaking for myself:  these photos personally make me want to buy a Pure Ice and a Zoya.  This isn’t to say that I have no love for A England:  I do love my St. George!

Comparison posts on The Girlie Tomboy!

One of the swatchy-ladies working with me on this project is Janna, who runs The Girlie Tomboy. The Girlie Tomboy is a Facebook blog that is, as she writes in the About section,


A smorgasbord of nail related goodies.

Yep, I like that!

And even better, to a dupe-obsessed chicky?! She has a few comparisons on her blog, too.

She’s got:

  • Zoya Akyra and Essie Trophy Wife
  • Julep Kate and Orly Au Champagne
  • Zoya Rekha and Zoya Sooki
  • Zoya Bevin and OPI Mermaid Tears
  • Cult Nails Iconic and Barielle Elle’s Spell
  • Sinful Colors Kissy and Zoya Charla (you can see more Charla dupes in a Clone Attack post right here).

Wanna see her comparison photos? Then come over here!

Several of these posts have either inspired upcoming Clone Attack posts for this blog, or they are just super-reminiscent of what is to come. YEA!

From Fresh Air & Fashion: Zoya Pandora, Julep Pippa, Zoya Avery; plus teals at her blog!

Today I have some swatches from Sophie over at Fresh Air and Fashion .  Sophie is one of sixty-three ladies who are agreeing to swatch polishes on sticks and mail them back to me for this big, collaborative dupe-finding mission!  By the way: the first shipment of one hundred swatch sticks just went out to fifteen ladies this very morning.  Pins and needles!

ANYWAY.

Sophie has developed a delightful post comparing three classy neutral cremes: Zoya Pandora, Julep Pippa, and Zoya Avery (seen below).  This post also provides side-by-side stick swatches comparing Julep Daphne, Zoya Wednesday, and China Glaze For Audrey.

(photo provided by Sophie of Fresh Air & Fashion)
Pandora reminds me a bit of my favorite neutral: OPI Dulce de Leche.  Very pretty, don’t you think?

Guest Clone Attack from mylifeinpolish: Essie Mesmerize, Orly Shockwave, Pure Ice French Kiss, China Glaze First Mate

I’m glad to share my first-ever guest post from Sara of http://www.mylifeinpolish.blogspot.com !  Here it is:

Hey, fellow lacquer lovers!  I’m really excited to be here today comparing one of my favorite nail colors, blue.  So lets get right to it.  Starting with my pointer finger we have Essie Mesmerize, Orly Shockwave, Pure Ice French Kiss and China Glaze First Mate.  This is two coats of each with topcoat.  I wasn’t going to topcoat them but I have little kids and I had to get them dry so I could make snacks 🙂



As you can tell, the China Glaze is more navy than the others.  I knew that before I started but I have four fingers and really wanted to add another blue.  Orly Shockwave looks a tad darker in the pictures but really isn’t noticeable, especially indoors.  First Mate and French Kiss had the easiest formula to work with.  If you exclude First Mate my pick would be French Kiss.  Best part is it’s only $2.  I love inexpensive dupes that have a good quality.

I hope this comparison helps some of you out on your quest for the perfect blue.  You can find me over at mylifeinpolish.blogspot.com.  Stop by and say hi.

Added to the blogroll: The Polish Jinx!

I’d love to share our newest addition to the blogroll, The Polish Jinx! This blog is run by Shayna, who has made several informative and useful dupe comparison posts in the past.

Here are a few of them:

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The Polish Jinx: The Polish Jinx: HEAD TO HEAD MATCH – Girly Bits Shift Happens VS Clarins 230

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The Polish Jinx: Deborah Lippmann Dont Tell Mama VS Illamasqua Viridian

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The Polish Jinx: How Do You Orange?

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Credit for all photos goes solely to Shayna of The Polish Jinx.

I hope that everyone is looking forward to what’s coming up for Lacquer Clones!  As of now, we have plans underway to compile swatch sticks comparing blacks, whites, reds, blues, light aquamarines/teals/light blues, medium teals, corals, and several other shades.  All in all, we have sixty-five ladies in Facebook’s Lacquer Clones Swatching group offering to swatch shades from their collections and send them back to me. Nearly 200 colors have been offered so far!

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