Friday, February 10, 2012

Revlon Whimsical Nail Polish VS Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air


Today I have for you a comparison between the Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air nail polish and it's drugstore duplicate Revlon Whimsical. Revlon has been known to duplicate very popular high end polishes and they do it well. Let's look at them in the bottles. The Lippmann is $18 and is sold at Nordstrom, Deborah Lippmann's own website, beauty.com, HSN and more.

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The base is a light baby blue sheer with two sizes of baby blue and baby pink hex glitters thruout. Look at the Revlon Whimsical.

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Revlon is sold at all major mass retailers, drug and grocery stores, Ulta, and a bazillion other places. I don't remember what I paid but I'm sure it was under $7 full price and I probably even had a coupon. I found it at Ulta while on a vacation.

Let's look at some swatches. Normally I label my swatch wheels, but I was playing with Glitter In The Air, trying to find a way I liked it. It is FOUR, count 'em four, layers alone on the very left swatch on this wheel.
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Next, look at two swatches of Whimsical on this wheel:
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All alone by itself, I was disappointed when I wore Glitter In The Air. The glitter was few and far between and awfully hard to place in a pleasing manner. The blue base was so milky it was almost white; therefore, I liked the Lippmann a lot better over other things to boost the color. I tried between 2 and 4 layers of GITA over these other colors for these swatches.
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I like Revlon Whimsical very much just by itself. There's plenty of glitter to cover a base that has a light color, not just a milkiness. For me, this one is a winner. It may not be everyone's cup of tea but it is mine.

How about you? Which one do you like best? Or is it like children, where there's no favorites but each has a distinct personality?

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18 comments:

  1. I have been considering Whimsical- it's on my wishlist, and after reading this comparison I believe I will now spend the extra bucks to have this in my collection! Awesome blog!Thanks for posting!

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    1. I appreciate your comments so much. Thank you for taking the time to say so. :)

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  2. hahaha "or is it like children" :D
    i went looking for whimsical yesterday but could only find Popular - a four coater!

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    1. I've always thought people lied about the children thing but I only have one kid so I can't test the theory. I'm counting on you to have five and report back, Jenn! lol I know that in my house, we don't love all the pets the same...I just wonder....anyway, I saw your post on Popular! And I've seen it mattified and it's stunning!!

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    1. I hope you're able to find one or both.

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  4. Both are very pretty! But I think I like the looks of Whimsical better. Revlon has been doing such a great job duping polishes!

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    1. For sure. I'm starting to really count on Revlon and hope they dupe most fantastical things I want. I usually like their version better.

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  5. I have been looking for Whimsical everywhere in my area for a few months now & cannot find it...and I know that if it had come about in my area, that I would have seen it - because the people where I live just are not up on the beauty front like I am. Lol So when the new stuff hits the shelves I can usually hit it first before they even know what it is :))

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  6. Aawww I couldn't get my hands on whimsical, it wasn't sold in drugstores..... I have understood that it was hard to find :( BOMER!

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    1. that stinks. At some places here, it's become a part of the regular Revlon stock, but not at every store.

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    2. Hello, just found this blog while searching for pics of Whimsical. I've looked everywhere, too (I'm in Los Angeles). I finally went ahead and ordered it from drugstore.com. It's only $4.99 there!

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  7. Wow - I am way too lazy to go for four layers of the Lippmann, so I'd probably go Revlon! x

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    1. oh meeeeeee tooo!!!! plus, on this one, I just like the look of Whimsical better.

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  8. I found Whimsical at Rite Aid today for $4.99 and 40% off. I haven't seen it many places. They do carry at K Mart here as well. I love it. I initially fell in love with Lippmann's but I'm glad I went with this one after seeing so so reviews of the more expensive one. I've got it over a pearl white and it looks great. I love Revlon's polishes so I got a few today while they're on sale. :)

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    1. oh, I bet that's pretty!!! Revlon does have some really great polishes. Fred Meyer here stocks Whimsical regularly, but none of the other stores in town do.

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  9. I actually have both of these and I will have to say I like GITA more. Here are my reasons: although GITA has less glitter, I tend to like the deconstructed look of it with a few pieces on my nail I also like the fact that GITA has smaller glitter particles and the smallest ones add perfect "accents" whereas Whimsical just covers the nail in glitter. Finally, GITA is absolutely gorgeous as a top coat over most creme bases. It gives it a celestial appeal that I love. Thanks for your blog and swatches. Keep up the comparisons :)

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    1. I love the points you've made. Thank you for sharing your opinion. The sole reason that I prefer Whimsical is the depth of the base; how you can wear it alone. It takes me a bajillion coats to wear GITA by itself. However, that being said, in general, I do prefer the glitter in GITA but since I apparently can't have it all, Whimsical wins out for me due to my strong preference for the colored base.

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