I love a good dupe. Nothing pleases me more than finding a lipstick, outfit or nail varnish that could pass for something twice the price. It’s nice to treat yo’ self, especially when it comes to beauty, but when the high street brings out some excellent dupes it’s not always necessary. Read on to see if I found a dupe for ‘mint candy apple’, the cult essie nail varnish.
Kiko Electric Blue 336 Review
*clears throat* Attention everyone! Call off the wedding! Sorry Aaron, but I have a new love and it is called ‘Electric Blue (336)’ – not the best name, I know.
And before anyone says anything, YES this is a blue polish and YES I love it. I KNOW, no one is more surprised than me. Down is up! Left is right! I love a blue nail polish!! In case you’re new to these parts, I don’t do blue nail varnish. I just don’t really get the appeal. Or should I say didn’t. Until now.
I have wanted this polish ever since I heard it was the perfect dupe for Nails Inc’s ‘Baker Street’. Even as a non-blue fan, I still cant resist a good dupe! It is a vibrant, cobalt blue that just seems to glow. This only needed 2 thin coats and was so shiny I almost didn’t top with Seche Vite (but obviously I did – it’s like a compulsion).
Is this polish the turning point in my relationship with blue polish? Would I love Baker Street even more? I am so confused!
You can buy this (and why wouldn’t you?!) HERE.
Seventeen Potion Nail Varnish
I actually bought this polish ages ago but I took so long to get round to swatching it that I forgot just how pretty it looked. I think I first picked it up hoping that it was a (much, much more affordable) Chanel ‘Peridot’ dupe.
Collection 2000 ‘Look At Me’
This is polish number 4 from my Collection 2000 competition win. And it is the one I was most excited about trying.
Max Factor Fantasy Fire
I bought this polish absolutely ages ago but haven’t had a chance to swatch it. And I wish I hadn’t waited so long!
This is a famous dupe for Clarins 230 and it is beautiful. It’s a super sheer indigo jelly polish with really fine multichrome glitter that catches the light. In different light it shimmers pink, gold, green, orange…GORGEOUS. This polish is so vibrant and bright, it’s even more beautiful than the swatches show. It actually reminds me of the glittery glaze that Krispy Kreme put on their doughnuts!
The only downside to this polish is the size: 4.5ml! Which is teeny tiny. And to get up to full coverage this took 4 coats. FOUR. So now ¼ of the polish is gone after one manicure…less than ideal. I think it’s designed to be a layering polish, but most people won’t know that unless they’ve read a review first which I think it a bit crap. If it’s designed for layering then it should be marketed as a top coat. I will definitely only be using it for layering from now on even though I LOVE the way this polish looks by itself.
(Feb ’16 EDIT: It looks like Max Factor has reissued ‘this’ polish. I say that with inverted commas as from the reviews I’ve heard it’s a very different shade. You can get it HERE)