Tis The Season To Dupe

This could be the first post of a series on 2011 Holiday Dupes (or ‘duplicates’).

Some of these are just down-right dupes and some are so close that you can, probably, get away with one or the other.

Let’s start and get you warmed up for the actual Holiday Dupes with a random polish trial. These are not from any current, Holiday collection. On that note, you could easily wear these polishes during the Holidays, should you be inclined to.

These will be glittery beige and shimmery beige polishes.

Please pay attention, readers. Group A will be using just the middle two polishes in this photo. The second from the left is Cosmetic Arts no name (I’ll call it ‘Beige Sand’). Next to that one is Urban Outfitter’s ‘Afterhours.’

And here they are side by side…

Identical twins, maybe?

I’m swatching them together one my left hand, alternating nails…

‘Beige Sand’ is on my thumb, middle and pink nails. ‘Afterhours’ is on my index and ring nails.

Perfect match, I say.

Now, this is Group B, for the right hand, the shimmer beige set…

I’m going to use just 2 of these; on the far left is China Glaze’s ‘Swing Baby.’ The middle polish is Sally Hansen Diamond Strength ‘Shining Moment.’

Not too much of a difference within the bottle…

Here’s what they look like on my nails…

‘Shining Moment’ is on my thumb, middle and pinky nail. I applied ‘Swing Baby’ on my index and ring nail. These photos make them look so similar. However, look at it from another angle…

Ahh, caught ‘cha!!! On the index and ring nail, ‘Swing Baby’ is a beige that has more of a silver cast. It looks like a darker beige compared to the more orange-tinged ‘Shining Moment’ on the middle and little nail.

This is my opinion…

Urban Outfitter’s ‘Afterhours,’ on the index and ring nail, is a complete dupe to Cosmetic Arts’ self-named ‘Beige Sand.’

And, a close imposter (though, which one is the original, and which one is the imposter?)…

China Glaze’s ‘Swing Baby’ on the index and ring nail is a lighter beige than Sally Hansen’s ‘Shining Moment.’

Share your thoughts…do you think Group A polishes are identical? And with Group B, which one do you like best?

Comparison with Mega’s ’10’ and ‘Confetti’ brands

Back in early June, I found a couple of new nail polish brands.  Check it out here.  And though it’s been thought that there isn’t anything new with these two brands and they are all cremes, I’m OK with that.  The prices, at $1.99 and $3.99, were right.

I haven’t taken the time, and, have the depth of polishes to do dupe postings.  But I saw an opportunity with ’10’ and ‘Confetti.’  It seemed there were some dupes within the display, so I made a purchase.  Not only did I want to compare the colors but also the formulas as well.

Here we have 10 with #449 label on top and ‘From Paris With Love’ (listed on back) and Confetti’s Crimson Cutie.  This photo, taken outside, makes them look pretty damn close in color.  Maybe the Crimson Cutie is a bit more shimmery???

Now in this photo, they really do look similar.

Here they are on my nails.  I won’t make you guess which one is which.  That gives my brain a cramp!!  The #449 is on the thumb, middle and pinky.  Crimson Cutie is on my index and ring finger.  The ring and pinky look identical, to me.

#449 could be a bit deeper.  As far as the formulas, Confetti is just a little bit thinner.  However, it wasn’t HUGELY noticeable.   As a note, I have on BC, Seche Clear, 2 coats of color, 2 coats of Clear and 1 of Seche Vite.

Here’s my ‘duh’ move; I was going to alternate the colors opposite on my right hand.  However, I watch TV when I polish, obviously entrenched in watching ‘Operation Repo!’  I polished only the middle finger with #449.

Trying to have an objective opinion, comparing them visually, was hard.  I asked Mr. Kimberly if he could tell which nails were painted differently.  Another ‘duh’ moment; Mr. Kimberly is blue/green color blind!!

Quite honestly, the photos show more of a color difference than they do in real life.  The lasting power of both was the same despite the thicker and more pliable formula of ’10.’ 

My recommendation would be to get the cheaper, Confetti.  The look and wearability are the same for both.  I’d only recommend the ’10’ over Confetti if you are particular about the smoothness of the polish going on.

 I know that I’ll pick the Confetti brand, if there are dupes, between the two.  Not that big of a difference to make a difference.  Just the prices.  Give me your thoughts.