It's time for another edition of Dupes Up! Today's contenders:
Barry M Copper
Retail Cost: £2.99 (approximately $4.75)
OPI: Warm & Fozzie
Retail Cost: $8.50
Another of the new Barry M collection and yet another discontinued OPI! Coincidence? Well...OK probably...maybe...it's likely! I couldn't help but notice how similar Barry M Copper was to my already acquired Warm & Fozzie when I got it in the mail recently. It looks a BIT more sparkly and seems to have a more overall copper tone in the bottle, but as I learned with the previous Barry M vs. OPI dupe...it's mostly down to the bottle shape. Here's a close up of the two:
You should be able to see more what I'm talking about here. the OPI has an overall more deep goldish green look in the bottle while the Barry M has more of an overall copper tone. BUT, see that coppery streak down the middle of the OPI bottle? You'll also notice the green-gold halo around the edge of the Barry M bottle. It's the same tones just displayed in different ways. Simply the way the light reflects off the bottle. On the nails? Different story:
See? If you can tell the difference between these than kudos to you. This is taken in natural light. The shift on the nails is the same. They're both sort of a warm mahogany jelly, jam packed with tiny flakes of green, copper, and gold. The Barry M is on the index and ring finger, while the OPI is on the middle and pinky. There is literally no difference in the formula on these either. I didn't notice any additional wear on one versus the other and both require a minimum of three coats for full opacity. Here's another comparison for good measure:
This is the same lighting but a different angle. In the other picture the OPI looked a hair darker but here you can see they're the same. I will say the Barry M had a slightly better finish. It seemed more sparkly when it dried and more shiny. A quick top coat of Seche Vite evened them out but it seems strange that the OPI finish would be sub-par. Personally, even though Barry M is a drugstore brand, I prefer it to a lot of salon brands because I think it has a great formula! These new colors are really making me love them even more!!
Verdict: Dupes. These are definitely the same in my book. Same color, same formula, slightly different on the finish but with a topcoat they are indistinguishable.
Availability: Barry M Copper is available at Boots, Superdrug, and BarryM.com. OPI Warm & Fozzie is no longer available in stores but can be had for a reasonable price at many e-tailers including Amazon.com.