Put your dupes up! First Edition: Bluey vs. Halleys Comet vs. Teal of Fortune3:52 PM
I've been going through my polish collection lately trying to catalogue everything and also get everything swatched so it's easier to find and get to. Going through I've realized that I have quite a few possible dupes, so I thought I'd take some time and swatch them together and see what really is and isn't the same! My camera skills are not great yet (though I'm working on it!) so I'll try to provide links of swatches other, more talented swatchers have done! But I think you'll get the idea!
butterLONDON Bluey from the Fall/Winter 2011 collection
Orly Halley's Comet from the Cosmic FX Collection
Retail cost: $10
Retail cost: $1.99
Round 1: Bottle Color
It's pretty obvious from this picture that Teal of Fortune and Halley's Comet are very similar in color. Though they look the same at a distance, Bluey looks much darker and the glitter much smaller when you put them up next to one another. The Halley's Comet seems to have a more concentrated gold glitter than the Teal of Fortune, but still the two are very similar.
Round 2: Application and Nail Color
As I expected, the Bluey had the nicest formula. It was streak free, opaque in two coats and had a wonderful smooth, shiny finish. I fully expected the Halley's Comet to be the next in line at application but I was surprised at the sheerness of the first coat. It was three coats (four probably would have been better) to opacity and the color still could have been more intense. The Wet & Wild was pleasantly surprising with a nice opacity in two coats and a fairly smooth formula. (I didn't wear these to test longevity).
Round 3: The verdict
Bluey was out of the running for dupes quite quickly. It's darker and the shimmer more compact than the other two. However, the Teal of Fortune and the Halley's Comet are strikingly similar. These pictures don't show it as well as in person, but there IS a difference in color. The Halley's Comet has a more intense gold glitter, almost like a foil while the Teal of Fortune is more of a glitter than a foil and doesn't have the same gold flash. That said, they're similar enough that you could certainly save yourself the $8 by purchasing the Teal of Fortune and no one but the most trained eye would ever know the difference. What do you think?
|Left to right: Halleys Comet, Teal of Fortune. Picture taken in sunlight.|
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