Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Nailed: Glimmery Zoya dupes(ish): Sienna, Meiko, Dannii, Charla

You can find dupes (i.e. duplicates) for expensive and popular nail polish colors all over the internet. Lots of bloggers will post comparison photos to determine if two polishes are really exactly the same or not. I’m not going to do that, because for the most part, I don’t buy expensive nail polish. I have an obscenely large collection (or at least verging on obscene), but it’s almost all drugstore stuff. The exceptions are a few bottles I got when Zoya and Butter London had their huge sales, or ones I got as gifts (I refuse to say “gifted to me”).

I had to stop looking at nail polish blogs every day, because doing so forced me (FORCED ME!) to make a list of polishes I want to buy, and it was getting really long. It was making me covet, basically. And I mostly can’t justify paying $8+ for a bottle of nail polish when I don’t have to. I’ve been able to cross four of the amazing glitter/shimmer (glimmer!) Zoya polishes off my list by buying cheap drugstore versions. That’s what I have for you today.

Note: I’m not too particular about whether or not these are exact dupes. To me, they are close enough, but they might be slightly lighter, darker, redder, bluer, etc. than the Zoyas. I’m posting pictures from reputable nail bloggers, so you can compare them yourself. What they all are is CHEAP. And BLINDINGLY SHINY.

Here are swatches of all four cheap polishes (3 coats each). From left to right: Wet ‘n’ Wild FastDry, dupe of Zoya Sienna (photo at The PolishAholic); Spoiled Shrimp on the Barbie, near dupe of Zoya Meiko (photo at Also Known As); Spoiled Are Mermaids Real?, dupe of Zoya Dannii (photo at Scrangie); and Essence Choose Me!, dupe of Zoya Charla (photo at Scrangie). ETA: Essence Choose Me! is no longer available. See here instead! The first 3 I bought at CVS for 99 cents - $1.99 each, and the Essence one from Ulta in a mini bottle for 99 cents.

Direct sunlight:


Warning: The Spoiled polishes have pretty shitty brushes. They’re really big, thick, and get absolutely loaded with polish. I have a really hard time painting my toenails with them, but they’re fine for my fingers. I’d just strongly suggest that before you buy one, you open up the bottle and check the brush, because some of them have random bristles that are too long, or sticking out at a weird angle.

If you'd rather have the Zoyas, and you've never ordered from Zoya's website, you can use my link to create an account and get a free bottle. You'll have to pay shipping, unless you add two more bottles (at full price) - then shipping is free. So that would be like getting 3 bottles for $5.33 each, if my math is right.

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