One of my Google+ friends, Amoena, asked how similar some Essie taupes were to each other. If you follow me on Google+, you already saw the results, but not everyone is on all social media platforms, so I thought I'd post it here to. First, the bottles; left to right—Miss Fancy Pants, Glamour Purse, Don't Sweater It, Merino Cool.
Same order as above, on the nail:
Miss Fancy Pants is the lightest and the most grey. Glamour Purse is the brownest. Don't Sweater It and Merino Cool are the closest to being dupes, both being purple-y, but Merino Cool is noticeably more purple. They're not so different that you need one if you already have the other, though.
mrsrexy of Canadian Nail Fanatic asked in a comment if China Glaze Make a Spectacle was dupey to anything. I did not know, so over this past weekend, I grabbed a few things from my stash that looked somewhat similar in the bottle to se what I could see. Left to right: China Glaze Snow Globe, China Glaze Make a Spectacle, Hard Candy Break Up, Kiko 231.
On the nail in the same order, all two coats over Wet 'n' Wild Black Creme:
No dupes here. Snow Globe has more colors than Spectacle and is all glitter, no shimmer. Break Up is similar in feel to Spectacle, with gold to green shifting glitter and shimmer in the base, but the glitter is bigger, the shimmer more sparse and less colorful, and both are less dense than in Spectacle. Kiko 231 has things in common with all of these, but is a dupe for none.
Side view (Snow Globe on top):
At this point, I'm guessing some of you are thinking "that's nice, but I like a comparison posts with dupes in them". Well, you're in luck—take a gander at China Glaze Electrify and Sinful Pumpkin Spice:
Here are two coats of each over Orly Ignite; left to right, it's Electrify, Pumpkin Spice, Electrify, and Pumpkin Spice:
Side view, where you can see sometimes the gold really dominates in both of them depending on the viewing angle:
So if you regret not getting Electrify when the Hunger Games collection was around, look for the Sinful Bewitched display and grab Pumpkin Spice.
I am still working on the Halloween giveaway winner picking; look for those results in a couple days. Other coming attractions for this week: displays, Halloween polishes, and probably more Halloween polishes.