Category: Comparisons

Comparison Day! (golds)

Today I have a comparison of two golds from this season, OPI’s GoldenEye (index and ring) and Zoya’s Ziv (middle and pinky). This picture is 2 coats of each with a topcoat.

GoldenEye Comparison

As you can see, these two are not alike at all…my bad. Next to Ziv, GoldenEye looks positively copper. They are both beautiful (for golds…I’m more of a silver gal) and apply very well. GoldenEye is a bit sheer and needs 3 coats for full opacity. If you love gold, you’ll probably need both of these. If not, I would probably go with GoldenEye. It’s different than most golds and is very very sparkly.

GoldenEye is from OPI’s Skyfall Collection (Winter 2012)

Ziv is from Zoya’s Ornate Collection (Winter 2012)

Comparison Day! (metallic reds)

Today I have a comparison of OPI’s Danke Shiny Red (index and ring) and Zoya’s Elisa (middle and pinky). I have to apologize for the picture quality, it was stormy all day and I couldn’t find any good light. This is 1 coat of each polish.

Danke Shiny Red Comparison

These two are spot on copycats (one is shinier than the other in this picture because I put topcoat on one color and not the other, just to test). The OPI brush is a bit wider, but that’s the only real difference. Both formulas are amazing (1 coat, people!!!) and I honestly couldn’t recommend one over the other. They’re both great!

Danke Shiny Red is from OPI’s Germany Collection (Fall 2012)

Elisa is from Zoya’s Diva Collection (Fall 2012)

Today I have a comparison of Color Club’s Ho-Ho-Holly (index and ring) and Zoya’s Logan (middle and pinky). These are both deep green gold foils and this picture is two coats of each polish.

Ho-Ho-Holly Comparison

I love both of these polishes! Logan is a deeper green (thanks to its teal base) and has thicker pieces of gold shimmer, but Holly is just as gorgeous in its own way. Both have a lovely formula and easy to work with brushes. Color Club is a little less expensive than Zoya, but if I had to choose, I’d probably go with Logan.

Zoya’s Logan is from their Ornate Collection (Winter 2012)

Color Club’s Ho-Ho-Holly is from their Winter Affair Collection (Winter 2012)

Today I have a comparison of Pure Ice’s Busted (index and ring) and LA Girl’s Scandal (middle and pinky). The following picture is 3 coats of each.

Busted Comparison

Busted is more lavender, while Scandal was more mauve, although they look a lot more alike in real life than they do in this picture. Both are sheer purples with obvious flakes of shimmer. Busted‘s shimmer even had a little bit of duochrominess going on. I imagine these would both be lovely over more opaque colors.

I’m not sure when Busted came out or what collection it might be from.

Scandal is from LA Girl’s Rock Star Collection (I don’t know when it was released).

Today I have this year’s most popular color (because it seemed every cosmetic company and their moms made a version of this), a comparison of OPI’s Just Spotted the Lizard (index and ring) and China Glaze’s Rare & Radiant (middle and pinky). This picture is two coats of each color.

As for as I can tell, these two are dead on duplicates of each other. They are both shimmery gold/olive green duochromes that almost tip over into teal territory, but don’t quite make it. The only real difference is the brush size. Just has a much wider brush than Rare (that name is hilarious…were they trying to be ironic?), so if that’s a deciding factor for you…now you know.

Just Spotted the Lizard is from OPI’s The Amazing Spider-man Collection (Summer 2012)

Rare & Radiant is from China Glaze’s New Bohemian Luster Chrome Collection (Fall 2012)

Two weeks ago I did a comparison of Zoya’s FeiFei and OPI’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Almost the very next day I saw Sinful Colors new winter collection and realized Winter Wonder was another possible copycat. So here is a new comparison photo with FeiFei (index), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (middle) and Winter Wonder (ring). This is 3 coats of each polish.

I am really impressed with Winter compared to the higher end FeiFei and Her Majesty. In 3 coats it is more opaque and has more shimmer…and at a fraction of the cost of the other two. They are all beautiful, and although Her Majesty is slightly darker than FeiFei and Winter, they all look pretty close to identical. The formulas are all fabulous and I don’t think you can go wrong buying any of them.

FeiFei is from Zoya’s Diva Collection (Fall 2012)

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is from OPI’s Skyfall Collection (Winter 2012)

Winter Wonder is from Sinful Color’s Holiday Shimmer Collection (Winter 2012)

Today I have a comparison of Jessica’s Venus Was Her Name (index and ring) and China Glaze’s Jungle Queen (middle and pinky). This picture is 3 coats of each.

I think these two were similar more in my mind than in reality…Oh well. Venus is a bluer toned purple with a lot more shimmer than Jungle, while Jungle is browner and has a thicker formula (almost too thick, maybe). These two are different enough that they are not copycats and both are lovely. I would probably go with Venus, just because it’s more sparkly and as you may know, sparkly is my favorite color.

Venus Was Her Name is from Jessica’s Goddess Collection (Winter 2008)

Jungle Queen is from China Glaze’s On Safari Collection (Fall 2012)

Today I have a comparison of Zoya’s FeiFei (index and ring) and OPI’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (middle and pinky). This is 3 coats of each.

These two are reeeaaallly close, but Her Majesty is just a little bit darker, a little more opaque and has a bit more pink duochrome flash (which you can see in the bottom right corner of the bottle). So, if you can only afford one of these, I would say go with Her Majesty (sorry FeiFei!).

Zoya’s FeiFei is from the Diva Collection (Fall 2012)

OPI’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is from the Skyfall Collection (Winter 2012)

Today I have a comparison of Sally Hansen’s Black Tie (index), Essence’s Chic Reloaded (middle), Pretty Serious’ Gargoyle Ganache (ring) and Misa’s It’s You! (pinky), all gray bases with purple/green/gold duochrome. This picture is 2 coats of each (and pretend the blue in the picture is green…the sky was very bright).

Gargoyle is the odd man out this time, with thicker shimmer and more color visible at all times.  Chic had the best duochrome effect, but it also had a stubby, super thick brush that was hard to work with. It’s had a weaker color change effect and probably the thinnest formula, but I liked the brush. Black had a good shift and a good formula, but the green duochrome looked a little bluer to me than the others. Still, I would say that (aside from Gargoyle) these were close enough to be copycats.

I’m not sure when Sally Hansen’s Black Tie was released or what collection it is from

Ditto for Essence’s Chic Reloaded

Gargoyle Ganache is from Pretty Serious’ Monster Mash Collection (Halloween 2012)

It’s You! Is from Misa’s What I Like About You Collection (Fall 2010)

Today I have a comparison of China Glaze’s Lubu Heels (index), Color Club’s Red Velvet (middle) and Milani’s Spellbinding (ring and pinky). This photo is 3 coats of each.

Red and Spell are tied for best application–both were very nearly 2 coaters. I liked the Color Club brush the best, but Spell had the glossiest finish and the most glitter. Lubu was the least impressive (and most expensive) while Spell was the most impressive and least expensive. Go figure!

I’m not sure what collection Lubu Heels is from or when it came out.

Color Club’s Red Velvet is from their Untamed Luxury Collection (Fall 2010)

Milani’s Spellbinding if from their Black Magic Collection (Halloween 2009)

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