It's time for another edition of Dupes Up! This weeks contenders:
Barry M Silvery Lilac
Retail Cost: £2.99 (approximately $4.75)
OPI: Not Like the Movies
Retail Cost: $8.50
I just recently got this Barry M and a lot of people online have compared it to butterLONDON's Knackered which I have yet to snag. When I got it though, I was more drawn to a different polish in my collection: Not Like the Movies. Now, I'll start by saying there are TWO versions of the OPI color Not Like the Movies. One is a duo chrome which was released with the original Katy Perry Collection. The other is a silver version which came a bit later. I have the duo chrome version and that's the one I'm comparing today.
Here is a close-up of the bottles. Both have a silver base with a lilac/green duo chrome. The OPI looks like it has MUCH more of a color change in this shot. You can clearly make out the purple as it shifts from green to silver. The Barry M looks more of a silver/lilac without much change in between the two. They both also have silver micro glitter throughout.
So here's the lowdown: First of all, the Barry M had a much better formula, which is surprising given it's a drugstore brand vs. a salon brand. I only needed two coats of the Barry M for coverage and I needed three of the OPI. Both were still a smidgen sheer but I think that's just the way this polish is meant to be. This photo was taken in natural light. Both have a silver to lilac shift, shimmery silver flecks, and a slight greenish tinge at the edges. I showed them to numerous people and none could tell a difference, not even my husband who is well trained in the art of differentiating polishes from one another! The Barry M is on the index and ring finger, while the OPI is on the other two. The OPI looks a BIT darker in this photo but it's not really. If you blow this up (just click it!) you can see that they're the same. You'll also notice the OPI is a bit streaky though it's not noticeable in person. There is also a VERY slight shift more towards green on the OPI where the Barry M is more lilac than greenish. But for all reasonable intents...these are the same in my book.
Verdict: Dupes. Yes there are some VERY SLIGHT differences (the streaks in the OPI, the TINY shift more towards green.) but honestly, on the nails the differences are not noticeable at all. So I feel comfortable labeling these dupes.
Availability: Barry M Silvery Lilac is available at Boots, Superdrug, and BarryM.com. OPI Not Like the Movies was part of the now defunct Katy Perry Collection and can no longer be purchased in stores. It has limited availability online but there are TWO versions.
Wondering how these stack up against another silvery lilac duo chrome, Zoya Ki? Debbie has you covered over at The Crumpet!