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Sugarpill x Edward Scissorhands Nail Polishes

Sugarpill The Inventor Nail Polish
Sugarpill The Inventor Nail Polish

Sugarpill Ice Angel Nail Polish ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blend of snow white flecks in varying sizes.” It’s flecks of multi-sized white pieces suspended in a clear base, and it does look a lot like snow applied. It was designed to be layered over The Inventory or used alone, and it actually applied a lot better than I expected–the “snow” really disperses evenly across the nail without getting too many large pieces in one area or bald spots. A single coat is shown on my thumb nail, and the effect is noticeable, even, and pretty much true-to-description. I also tried it layered in various ways over the dark gray coordinating shade–kind of in the theme of a blizzard, a flurry, and a sprinkling of snow. It actually seemed smoother than the glitter in The Inventory and has a more noticeable shine (without a top coat). I don’t have any dupes to share with you, but I’m sure there are some out there! Sugarpill’s polish formula lasts seven days on me with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Sugarpill The Inventor Nail Polish ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pinch of silver glitter mixed in a dark steel gray base.” It’s a dark gray with subtle, cooler undertones and what looks like muted, gold micro-glitter and some silver glitter. It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and the consistency was a little thicker but didn’t pool along the edges so it was manageable. It had a moderate dry down time, and it dried down to a slight shine, but I would recommend a top coat for this one. I’d also say to opt for a thicker top coat, as the micro-glitter creates a sense of texture on the nail. Sugarpill’s polish formula lasts seven days on me with minor tip wear but no chipping. Zoya Yuna (P, $9.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Grey Friday (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, less glossy (85% similar). China Glaze Stone Cold (LE, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugarpill Nail Polish Ice Angel
Ice Angel
Ice Angel
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Sugarpill Nail Polish The Inventor
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Simply Swinging & Blog This Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Simply Swinging Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Simply Swinging Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Simply Swinging Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “grey lilac.” It’s a muted, light-medium lavender purple with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. The consistency was slightly thick, and it didn’t level out as much as it could have, so some areas looked thicker and more opaque than others. It had a really nice high-shine finish, though. After two coats, it had mostly opaque coverage. I typically get a week of wear out of MAC’s polish. Cult Nails Let's Get Dirty (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Essie Warm & Toasty Turtleneck (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Zoya Normani (P, $9.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Forgiveness (LE, $20.00) is cooler (85% similar). Formula X Perfection (P, $14.00) is darker (85% similar). Zoya Jana (P, $9.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Blog This Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep purple plum.” It’s a blackened purpled berry with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque coverage, but it tended to be quite streaky on the initial coat and was mostly covered by the second coat, though not entirely so it may require a third coat or good base coat. The consistency ran thin but didn’t pool along the edges. I typically get a week of wear out of MAC’s polish. Dior Smoky (990) (LE, $27.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Gadabout Girl (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). China Glaze Urban Night (LE, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer Simply Swinging
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer Blog This
Blog This
Blog This
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Chanel Fortissimo & Vibrato Le Vernis Nail Lacquers

Chanel Fortissimo Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Fortissimo Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Fortissimo Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deepened, midnight blue with fine pearl shimmer. It had mostly opaque coverage after two coats of polish, and after two coats, it had a smooth, even appearance, but one coat looks streaky. The texture was slightly thin but workable, and the polish lasted for eight days on me with minor tip wear. Wet 'n' Wild Mazel Tov Madness (LE, $3.99) is darker (95% similar). MAC Midnight Ocean (LE, $12.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Zoya Song (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Formula X Beacon (P, $12.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Vibrato Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a brightened cobalt blue with a cream consistency and more of a satin-like dry down. If this had dried down to a really glossy finish, I think the thinner consistency wouldn’t have been as noticeable. The formula runs thin, so it shows all the lines on my nails and really makes a base coat/ridge-filling base coat necessary for my nails (or perhaps a third coat, since this was only semi-opaque after two coats!). It lasted for seven days with minor tip wear. Illamasqua Force (P, $17.00) is darker, more pigmented, better quality (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pond (P, $10.00) is lighter, more muted, more pigmented (90% similar). Butter London Blagger (P, $15.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Breezy Blue (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Fortissimo
Fortissimo
Fortissimo
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Vibrato
Vibrato
Vibrato
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Chanel Ecorce Sanguine, Chataigne, Vert Obscur Nail Colours

Chanel Fall 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Fall 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Ecorce Sanguine (671) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, warm red with a cream finish. It was opaque in a single coat, though two coats isn’t fussy at all, so if you prefer the thickness of two, it applies like any good polish does–you just don’t need it for coverage. I tested this shade specifically for wear from the set of three, and it lasted for the typical seven days that Chanel’s formula does for me (without a base or top coat). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied evenly with ease. Zoya Tamsen (P, $9.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Shameless (LE, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Shock (762) (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Hell-Bent (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Chataigne (669) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a blackened burgundy with subtle, warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had a slightly thinner consistency, but it didn’t pool along the edges, so application wasn’t challenging. The first coat looks very streaky, but a second coat (and not a thick one at that) evens everything out and yields opaque coverage. Tom Ford Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $35.00) is cooler (95% similar). Zoya Anja (P, $9.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Other Side (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Color Club Fashion Moment (P) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Blueblood (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Wrecked (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cult Nails Lamestain (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Purple Majesty (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (95% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Accessoire (P, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). China Glaze Velvet Bow (LE, $7.50) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Vert Obscur (679) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a blackened bluish-teal with a jelly-cream finish (seems heavy for jelly, but it has some of that watery, translucency that you’d expect from a jelly formula). The consistency is thin and watery, and it can pool along the edges. I didn’t test this shade specifically for wear, but even after an hour of wear (about the time I wait for polish to dry before photographing), it did stain towards the base of my nail, so I’d highly recommend using a base coat under this one! MAC Deep Sea (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Cult Nails Awakening (LE, $12.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Essie Mind Your Mittens (P, $8.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) typically wears seven days on me with minor tip wear, which is about average to a little above average when it comes to polish. I rarely find formulas chip on me, even without base or top coats, so you may want to consider that when looking to me for a judge of longevity. Chanel’s formula tends to dry-down to a glossier shine without a top coat and retains shine a little better over the seven-day wear period. Shades vary from watery to thick, sheer to opaque.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Ecorce Sanguine (671)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Chataigne (669)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Vert Obscur (679)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Christian Louboutin Scarabee Nail Lacquers

Christian Louboutin Scarabee Nail Lacquer
Christian Louboutin Scarabee Nail Lacquer

For summer/fall, there are three new, limited edition duochrome shades of Christian Louboutin Nail Lacquer ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.). I was impressed by the strength of the duochrome; I felt like I could see it at all times, no matter the type of lighting or angle of my nails–sometimes I feel like you have to hunt for the duochrome because it is so subtle, but with these three, it was noticeable. I was, however, less impressed by the application on the first two, which had visible brush strokes due to the more metallic finish and II dried down to a satin finish (where is that “super-glossy” finish that mimics the “effect of 20 layers of traditional lacquer”?) with a little bubbling (which I don’t get often). All three shades were fairly opaque after two coats and dried down faster than average. I tested II for wear, and it lasted for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping, which is average for me.

I haven’t reviewed as much polish in recent years so I don’t have as many specific dupes for you myself, but I know that most major polish brands have covered duochrome territory and like with eyeshadow, a lot of brands release the same type of duochromes, like Sally Hansen, Essie, MAC, Nubar, and of course, if you go indie, you have even more options; when I looked, Nubar and Color Club were two that seemed to have their duochromes readily available (that I could tell).

Christian Louboutin Scarabee I Nail Lacquer ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a rosy copper that shifts to golden yellow gold. It was opaque after two coats, and the duochrome was strong and noticeable under most conditions–no squinting to find it. It had some visible brush strokes even after it dried down, and it dried down to a glossy finish and didn’t need a top coat for shine. Nubar Sun Gold (P, $8.00) is darker. I think Nubar Stardust is a likely dupe for this shade as well, while Nubar Sun Gold is going to be darker and much more orange-based. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Christian Louboutin Scarabee II Nail Lacquer ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a subdued, teal-ish blue that shifts to a cooler, bluish-violet with fine, pearly shimmer. This shade self-leveled for the most part and didn’t have noticeable brush strokes, but I had bubbling with this one, so I’d have to wear a base coat with it to help minimize that (I normally don’t get bubbling and don’t need to use a base coat for wear). It also dried to more of duller finish. MAC Submerged (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Bel-Argus (667) (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. China Glaze Deviantly Daring (LE, $7.50) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Christian Louboutin Scarabee III Nail Lacquer ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a brilliant, medium-dark gold with warm, copper-orange tones that shifts to a warmer, chartreuse-y green. It was fully opaque after two coats (and almost opaque after just one), and it has a few visible brush strokes but a lot of them disappeared as it dried down to a glossy finish. The duochrome effect is strong and noticeable in low light, bright light, and you can see the shift around the edges even staring at it straight on. MAC Neptune (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Rose Gold (LE, $8.49) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Ascension (LE, $16.00) is less pigmented, cooler. Chanel Peridot (LE, $27.00) is warmer. China Glaze Rare & Radiant (LE, $7.50) is darker, warmer. Color Club Editorial (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Christian Louboutin Beaute Nail Colour Scarabee I
Scarabee I
Scarabee I
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Christian Louboutin Beaute Nail Colour Scarabee II
Scarabee II
Scarabee II
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total
Christian Louboutin Beaute Nail Colour Scarabee III
Scarabee III
Scarabee III
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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Chanel Terrana, Mediterranee, Coquelicot, Lavanda Le Vernis Nail Colours

Chanel Mediterranee, Coquelicot, Lavanda, Terrana Le Vernis
Chanel Mediterranee, Coquelicot, Lavanda, Terrana Le Vernis

Chanel Terrana (697) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a smoky, taupe-brown with very fine, pearly shimmer in bronze and pink. It was mostly opaque after two coats, though I’d recommend a slightly thicker second coat to ensure full opacity (I went with two thin coats on my pinky nail, and there’s some visible nail line coming through). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed evenly across the nail without pooling along the edges. It lasted for seven with days with minor tip wear (no base or top coat), which is average for me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Mediterranee (707) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark blue with a hint of green that gives it a slightly “warm” undertone. There was a very, very faint hint of nail line coming through at times, but it was difficult to detect under most lighting conditions. The polish was slightly thick, but it didn’t pool along the edges and applied evenly and smoothly overall. This was the other shade I tested for wear specifically, and it lasted for seven days with minor tip wear, which is average for me and what my experience has been with Chanel’s formula over the years. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Coquelicot (717) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, orange-based red with warm undertones and a cream finish. It was intensely pigmented; a single coat was very nearly opaque (see pinky nail), but two coats gave it a much richer, lusher look as the texture seemed shinier and plusher. It wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied beautifully. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Lavanda (727) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deepened, royal purple with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. This one applied a bit unevenly for me, and it was more semi-opaque after two coats. When it dried down, the resulting finish wasn’t as glossy/shiny as the other three were. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Terrana (697)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Mediterranee (707)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Coquelicot (717)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Lavanda (727)
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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