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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)

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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 Sephora +Pantone Universe’s Evergreen (index),  China Glaze’s Gussied Up Green (middle), L’Oreal’s The Muse’s Attitude (ring) and Disney’s Villains Varnish Original Goth (pinky). This is 2 coats of each.

As you can see, none of these are ringers, which surprised me because they all looked identical in their bottles. Gussied is so different it ended up being the odd man out (although it had the most opaque formula). Original turned out surprisingly blue in this picture, but in reality, it’s somewhere in between Muse and Evergreen colorwise. Muse probably was my favorite in terms of color and application.

Evergreen is from Sephora + Pantone Universe’s Fall 2012 Collection

Gussied Up Green is from China Glaze’s Rodeo Diva Collection (Fall 2008)

The Muse’s Attitude is from L’Oreals Project Runway Collection (Fall 2012)

Original Goth is from Disney’s Villains Designer Collection (Fall 2012)

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)

Today I have a comparison of China Glaze’s Cast a Spell (index), BB Couture’s Dark Knight (middle), Kleancolor’s Golden Nightmare (ring) and China Glaze’s Wagon Trail (pinky). This is 2 coats of each.

Cast a Spell and Dark Knight have the best formula, although the shimmer in Cast is larger and more sparkly. Golden Nightmare has small gold shimmer and larger gold glitter, which unfortunately gives it a lumpy finish. Be sure to use plenty of topcoat if you want a smooth nail. Wagon Trail has smaller shimmer, but there’s more than in Dark Knight. Sadly, Wagon had the thinnest formula and needed at least another coat to be fully opaque. I have another color that is similar to these (Maybelline’s Twilight Rays), but I only have so many fingers. I’ll show that one eventually, but for now, Cast a Spell is by far my favorite of this bunch.

Cast a Spell is from the China Glaze Wicked Collection (Halloween 2012)

Dark Knight is from the BB Couture Heroes and Villains Collection (Fall 2009)

I’m not sure when Golden Nightmare came out or what collection it is from…

Wagon Trail is from the China Glaze Rodeo Diva Collection (Fall 2008)

For today I have a comparison of Misa Break Away (index), OPI Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI? (middle), Pure Ice Purple Reign (ring) and Jessica Witchy Wisteria (pinky). Supposedly there’s a Zoya that’s pretty close as well, but I don’t have it yet. Below is 2 coats of each color in direct sunlight.

As you can see, OPI Dutch and J. Witchy are pretty close to identical, but they are slightly bluer than M. Break.  P. Purple is completely different from the rest with a dustier hue and thicker, more golden shimmer. As far as application goes, the Misa was probably my favorite.

Break Away is from Misa’s Fall 2012 Wanderlust Collection

Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI? is from OPI’s 2012 Spring/Summer Holland Collection

I don’t know Purple Reign‘s collection or release date, but I know it’s available at Wal-Mart

Witchy Wisteria is from Jessica’s Spring 2012 Heavy Petal Collection

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