Showing posts with label comparison. Show all posts
Showing posts with label comparison. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Zoya Beach Comparisons

Aaaand, here I am again! I have to say, I'm thrilled to have posted three days in a row now when I haven't been able to post consistently for the past while. While I didn't do a comparison post for Surf, simply because I don't own any near dupes that I can think of, there were several out of Beach that I wanted to compare, either because I thought they'd be dupes or simply thought they might be close enough to count.

natural light 

First, I compared Zoya Lara to Color Club Overboard. Overboard is on my index and ring fingers, and Lara is on my middle and pinkie fingers. While the two colors are a bit similar, they're not dupes by any means, and since both have good application and opacity, I wouldn't ditch one for the other by any means.

natural light 

Next, we have Zoya Shelby and Color Club Yachty, Yachty, Yadda. I apologize for forgetting to turn my macro setting on for this picture, but you can still see how the colors compare. Shelby is on my middle and pinkie fingers, and Yachty, Yachty, Yadda is on my index and ring fingers. Shelby is clearly a bit redder, while Yachty, Yachty, Yadda has more white.

natural light 

Zoya Arizona is the only polish out of Beach that I thought would have a true dupe, and I was right - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sun Kissed is a very nearly exact duplicate of Arizona. While there are very, very negligible differences when you hold your fingernails right smack dab in front of your eyeballs in excellent lighting (Sun Kissed is maybe very slightly redder and Arizona more yellow), you really can't tell the difference once you get your hand about a foot away from your face. Bottom line: if you have one, you really don't need the other.

natural light

Finally, I compared Zoya Wednesday with China Glaze For Audrey. I didn't think they'd be dupes, and they aren't, but I was curious to see exactly how similar they are, especially after using For Audrey in my Wednesday gradient. They're different, but similar enough that I wouldn't be surprised if I do nail art combining them again at some point.

On one last note, I want to remind you all of what I said in my original Beach post - I think Reagan might be similar to OPI Dim Sum Plum, but as I didn't bring Dim Sum Plum with me to college, I can't be sure. I hope this post is helpful regardless!

P.S. Don't forget to go like my new Facebook page!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Matte Top Coat Comparison

After looking for the Hard Candy matte top coat since last fall, I finally found it at my local Walmart. I love Essie Matte to Go, but as the Hard Candy top coat was $4 rather than $10, I was eager to try it out. I bought both bottles they had (hey, both of them together were still less than one bottle of the Essie!) and hurried home to test it out. I wanted to compare the top coats over both a matte polish and a shimmer polish, so I used NYX Silver Plum, which I was already wearing, and Orly Enchanted Forest.

 outdoors, sunlight
outdoors, shade

Can you guess which is which? Left to right, I used Essie, Hard Candy, Essie, Hard Candy. As you can tell, especially in the first picture, Essie makes both polishes a bit more matte than the Hard Candy. In real life, though, the difference was negligible. I couldn't even tell which was more matte with my hand at arm's length from my face, and once you put on lotion a couple times, there probably wouldn't be any difference at all. And for less than half the price of Essie Matte About You? I'll go with the Hard Candy from now on if I can find it. Two bottles ought to last me a while. :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mad as a Hatter vs. Sparkle-icious

I was asked to do a comparison between OPI Mad as a Hatter and Sparkle-icious, and I am more than happy to do so. Because I knew there was a difference in opacity between the two, I compared them at two and then three coats. L-R: Mad as a Hatter, Sparkle-icious, Mad as a Hatter, Sparkle-icious

indoors, artificial light, two coats
indoors, artificial light, three coats

Aside from the fact that they are clearly different colors - Sparkle-icious is mostly gold, and Mad as a Hatter is mostly silver - there are several differences between the two polishes. Sparkle-icious is more predominantly gold than Mad as a Hatter is predominantly silver. Mad as a Hatter also has more different colors in it than Sparkle-icious; while Mad as a Hatter contains practically every color of the rainbow (giving it a rather "mad" look), Sparkle-icious is solely gold, blue, and purple. The last difference I noticed is the opacity. Mad as a Hatter is completely opaque in three coats, while Sparkle-icious needs five for opacity. On the whole, I prefer Mad as a Hatter because it has more colors in it and is more opaque; however, they're both gorgeous polishes that are definitely worth owning.

Which do you prefer?