Showing posts with label dupe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dupe. Show all posts

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Dupe Alert!! Milani Gray Tux Nail Lacquer VS OPI Metallic 4 Life Nail Polish!


My friend Tracy and I were at our respective homes, swatching polishes and sending pictures via text and Tracy issued a DUPE ALERT!!! She told me that the new Milani Gray Tux Nail Lacquer from the Pure Love Collection was an exact dupe for OPI Metallic 4 Life from the Nicki Minaj for OPI Collection. Check my pictures and see if you agree. OPI Metallic 4 Life and Milani Gray Tux
 
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These are in super macro and macro settings. To the naked eye, the two are exactly the same. They have the same amount of grittiness on top of a dried nail. They have the same small and hex silver glitters. The Milani might be considered a smidge darker in the black base, but I think these are so so sooooooooooo close that Tracy is right in calling these dupes. (That little bit of red reflection you see is my red camera. Never buy a red camera just because you think it's cute.)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Clarins 230 Duped By Pam's Girly Bits Shift Happens Nail Polish? Swatches and Comparisons!


Have I found a duplicate nail polish to the elusive Clarions 230? Let's take a look at what I found when I received an order from Pam's Girly Bits of her fabulous nail polishes. If you're not familiar with this brand, it is made by a real person, not a large corporation, who is also a nail blogger. Check her out on the provided links to her website and facebook page.  Pam's fabulous polishes will also be available soon on Llarowe.com so keep checking.  These links are provided for your ease and I receive no compensation for providing them, it just makes it easier for you.  However, wait until you see what I have before you pop over there, lol.

When you order from Pam, you receive a very well packaged group of nail polish that is just like opening a present. And who doesn't love getting a present in the mail, especially when it's well packaged?
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I have always received a hand written note which is a nice touch. This time, I also received a note about the creation of one of her newest polishes, January Morning. The story truly touched me deeply as I know it will when you receive your copy.
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So here comes the story regarding a possible duplicate nail polish for Clarins 230. I purchased 230 from Nordstrom when it was on the counter. I was mesmerized by the dual nature of it's color. It was fascinating. At the time, I didn't know what to do with it, so it just sat in the box, since I was kind of a one color girl. I took it out this week after I received Shift Happens, a new color in Pam's Girly Bits polish line. This is a 5 ml bottle of Shift Happens. (LOVE, love, love the little jewel on each bottle!!)
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I would say Shift Happens has a little more of a red tone than what it looks like on screen. It is quite coy, making a true color photograph very difficult. But it reminded me of Clarins 230, and the swatches I've seen before also looked like they might be dupes, so I pulled out my trusty dusty Clarins 230 to compare.

I want to show you the packaging because it looks just ancient to me now so I think it's funny. The box edges are worn from jostling around from storage spot to storage spot.
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Look at the back!!! Does anyone remember when Nordstrom used price stickers like this? It's been a really long time!!
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I was ashamed when I opened it to look at it. Obviously it hasn't been opened very often. I've admired the bottle with wonder a few times but always stuck it back away and forgot about it. Shameful!! All original packaging...now I'm getting downright nostalgic.
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Here is Clarins 230 posing in it's bottle. The bottle shot shows it as having a purple tinge to it, moreso than Shift Happens.
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Side by side, Shift Happens is showing up browner and Clarins 230 is showing purpler.
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You can clearly see they are not identical in the bottles. Why am I saying they can be dupes? Or is that what I'm saying? Let's look at swatches together on a nail wheel, each color swatched twice, Clarins 230 on the left, Shift Happens on the right.
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The Clarins looks like a sheer purple with pinky-red glass fleck glitter bits. Guess what? Pam's Girly Bits Shift Happens has the SAME pinky-red glass flecked glitter bits! The SAME! Watch what happens when you apply both over a dark color. I used Pam's Girly Bits Denim Diva for a base.
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Can you tell the difference? Me either. DUPE ALERT!! Over dark colors, Shift Happens is a DUPE for Clarins 230!! Here's a couple more swatches:
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I also swatched both colors over something lighter to see the difference. For this base, I used Cult Nails Devious Nature.
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I swatched them again with Clarins 230 on the left and Pam's Girly Bits Shift Happens on the right. You can see that Clarins purplizes Devious Nature, but both colors leave the exact same shimmer on the swatch.
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Cleary, the base of each color is different, but the shimmering glitter bits are the same. THE SAME. I see no difference between the two in regards to the shimmer. I like that Shift Happens doesn't substantially change the base color like Clarins 230 does. I also like that over dark colors, Shift Happens is a much more affordable alternative to the long ago limited edition Clarins 230.

One last thing about Pam's Girly Bits, the colors used to only be available in the 5ml size, but she now sells both 5 and 15 ml sizes. Here's a size comparison:
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And let me leave you with a taste of an awesome scattered holographic black called Into The Night. BeeeeUteeeful!!!
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How would you label this, a half-dupe? Semi-dupe? Dupey over dark? What is your most desired color that you'd like to see duplicated?

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