Nail Battle! Round 2!
Nicole by OPI “Mer-Maid For Each Other” VS China Glaze “Unpredictable”
I have been anxiously awaiting the new China Glaze Bohemian Collection but it was KD who initially brought this comparison to my attention. While waiting to see the Bohemian Collection pop up locally, I saw a few swatches posted on other blogs. When the possible dupe was brought to my attention I compared what I was seeing in these swatches to what I was seeing in person and I was sure that, while super close, the Nicole was a little richer with a better duochrome.
A set finally turned up at Sallys (which after my recent trips I’ve decided I really need to head there first above other beauty stores. They always have what I’m looking for, are always on time and the girls always know exactly what I’m talking about! Sigh, Sally love.) and I grabbed a bottle of the China Glaze last night for today’s comparison.
How do these line up?? Click ahead to see what’s after the jump!!
How much fun would it be if we could do nail polish gambling, in real time. Everyone, put up your wagers for what is what, who is who and who will come out on top!! Gambling and nail polish. Those are definitely intertwined in my heaven.
Of course, now that I’m typing this out, right this moment, I realize I didn’t get any brush pictures. If you take my word for it, the Nicole brush is much wider than the China Glaze HOWEVER application was absolutely equal for me in both coverage and ease.
Ready to ante up?
I mean, on to the swatches-
Both polishes required three coats to achieve complete coverage and their full potential.
All swatches are of three coats with a basic Ultra Pro topcoat.
Just keep watching. I am tempted to do some digging and find out if China Glaze and OPI share the same parent company.
And while rare, sometimes I’ve been able to get this polish to flash total “mermaid” blue.
Too much flash, total wash-out but sooo shimmery and pretty (just imagine this darker for more color accuracy):
I looked at every aspect I could think of. Brush-strokes, color, duo-chrome, application; they all seemed the same. If anything I would say the CG has a runnier formula, but it was not sheerer nor was it runny once applied so I think it was my mind playing tricks on me.
If your money was on them being dupes, I think the house should pay you triple.
I declare these dupes and you definitely don’t need both in your collection. Unless you wanna.
Nicole by OPI “Mer-Maid For Each Other” is a Target exclusive retailing for $7.04. “MFEO” is part of the “Back to Cool” NOPI Collection.
China Glaze “Unpredictable” can be found at Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta, and many other various beauty retailers, priced at $8.99 at Ulta and $6.99 at Sally’s. “Unprdctble” (really, couldn’t I have just typed that out? Yes I could have. About 50 times by now.) is part of the “Bohemian Luster Chrome” Collection.
Both are limited edition, have August release dates, and are of equal fl oz.
SO TO ALL THOSE WHO MENTIONED THIS COMPARISON- THANK YOU, EAGLE EYES!