Illamasqua Hemlock Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Hemlock Nail Varnish (£13.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale opal green iridescent.” It’s a pale pink-red at one angle, then it turns into a pale, yellowed green shimmer at another angle, while the base color is a pale beige with a hint of pink overall. It’s definitely duochrome, and it is a strong one at that. There are a few green duochromes on the market, but I don’t have one that shifts pink-green (or such a yellowy green at all).

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Illamasqua Hemlock Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Hemlock Nail Varnish

A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
96%

Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie

Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie ($19.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy mauve pink.” It’s a very rosy pink when swatched, but it turns a little more strawberry pink with a hint of mauve/plum on the lips. MAC Curvaceous is less pink, plummier. Illamasqua Move is cooler-toned, brighter. Neither of those shades is all that similar, so I don’t think I have a dupe for this shade.

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Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie
Urban Decay Lip Junkie Flushed
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
91%

Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer

Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer ($22.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is–to me–one of the big deal lacquers in indie polish history. It contains a mix of black and white glitter an assortment of sizes that range from small, medium, large, and shapes that range from bar, circular, hexagonal, and square. This was the shade that made me sit up and take notice of niche polish, and it was as impressive in person as it was in photos after I received it. But I remember how in demand it was; how hard it was to get it; and it’s amazing to think how far indie nail polish has come since then.

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Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer

Lynnderella Connect the Dots Nail Lacquer

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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
94%

China Glaze Tranzitions Nail Lacquers

China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer ($8.00 MSRP for 0.50 fl. oz.) includes six shades of color-changing shades.  I’m not aware of any other polishes that change color with the addition of a top coat, so none of these have dupes.

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China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Tranzitions Nail Lacquers

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Product
5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
8.5
Application
3
Total
72%

Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette ($4.99 for 0.40 oz.) is a mix of medium peach and orange-brown. Together, they create a coppery, orange-brown with a frosted, metallic sheen. NARS Luster is less brown, more orange. MAC Alpine Bronze is more subdued, less shimmery. MAC Glorify is browner. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is browner, darker.

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Wet 'n' Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette

B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
89%

Too Faced Cinnamon Kiss La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Cinnamon Kiss La Creme Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “spiced brown.” It’s a subdued, rosy pink with a natural sheen. There’s none of the brown that you’d expect to see in “spiced brown,” but I would say that there’s a neutral element, like a beige or brown, that darkens and mutes the rosy color overall. Guerlain Ballade is redder, less pink, shimmery. Revlon Pink Truffle is less pink and more translucent. Bobbi Brown Nude Rose is lighter. MAC Glamourdaze is redder. MAC Offshoot is less pink, darker.

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Too Faced Cinnamon Kiss La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Cinnamon Kiss La Creme Lipstick

A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%