Monday, July 13, 2015

Do You Need Both? - Metal Flakie Polish Dupes

It's been a long time since I've done a comparison post. A looooong time. I wore KBShimmer Foiled the other day and someone asked how it compared to Cirque Colors Mirror Mirror. I pulled them both out to compare and I pulled out a few other silver flake polishes that are similar as well. Today's line up includes the two already mentioned and F.U.N. Lacquer Pay Day (H), Literary Lacquer Felix Felicis, and F.U.N. Lacquer Pay Day.  Please be aware that this is a picture heavy post, so there is a lot to get through, as I was pretty thorough. All polishes have been shown with three coats applied and topped with top coat. 



Up first is KBShimmer Foiled vs. Literary Lacquer Felix Felicis. Foiled is the finest of the silver flake polishes. You get full coverage with this one in 2-3 coats and it is a beautiful silver color. Compared with Felix Felicis, you can see the FF is more gold toned with similar flake size but there are also bigger gold glass fleck flakes mixed in as well. These are most definitely not dupes.


Next we have F.U.N. Lacquer Pay Day vs. Cirque Colors Mirror Mirror. I totally thought these two would be dupes and they are in fact the closest out of all of them. My bottle of Pay Day is quite old, like original branding/bottle old,  so I don't know if there was color bleed, but it is a silver flake polish in a slightly gold base for me. On the website, her pictures show it as a champagne. Mirror Mirror is large silver flakes in a clear base. The flake sizes here are spot on but the colors are slightly off. I'm guessing if I had a newer bottle of Pay Day, they'd be dupes. Which is good news as you can still purchase Pay Day. 


Next we have the two Pay Days against each other. Pay Day (H) has the same flake size in a holographic base. Out of all the polishes this one reads the most silver. Pay Day reads gold in the tinted base.


KBShimmer Foiled vs. Cirque Colors Mirror Mirror.  These two are similar in tone and finish, but as you can tell Foiled has much finer flakes that Mirror Mirror. Foiled is like Mirror Mirror's little sister.


F.U.N. Lacquer Pay Day (H) vs.  Literary Lacquer Felix Felicis. These two aren't even close. The only similarity they have is that they both have other elements along with the metallic flakes.


KBShimmer Foiled vs. F.U.N. Lacquer Pay Day (H). These two are the most silver of the bunch. They have similar tone, but different flake sizes, not to mention Pay Day (H) has the holographic base.


KBShimmer Foiled vs. F.U.N. Lacquer Pay Day. These two aren't similar, you can tell they have a similar background, but that is as far as it goes.


F.U.N. Lacquer Pay Day (H) vs. Cirque Colors Mirror Mirror. These two have similar flake size but the bases are different. Pay Day (H)'s holographic base makes it read more silver while on Mirror Mirror the flakes in a clear base leans more platinum.


Literary Lacquer Felix Felicis vs. F.U.N. Lacquer Pay Day.  I think these two are the most similar in color, as they are both the most gold out of the 5, but there are fundamental differences. Obviously Felix Felicis uses a much smaller flake size and the addition of the glass fleck takes it further away.


Finally we have Literary Lacquer Felix Felicis vs. Cirque Colors Mirror Mirror. Mirror Mirror has bigger flakes and reads more platinum, while Felix Felicis is much smaller flakes, gold, and has additional glass flecks.


So there you have it! Do you need all of them, probably not. The good news is that all of these, with the exception of Mirror Mirror are still available. If you missed out on Mirror Mirror's limited run, Pay Day is a good substitute. Other than that, I'm calling them all quite different. I'll leave all links to the polishes below.


Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*self purchased

30 comments:

  1. I love comparison posts. It's amazing how polishes can look so similar in bottles and change once painted. Love all of these, great post ♡

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    1. I totally agree and it's helpful to see them in this type of situation. I need to do these more.

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  2. Great comparisons! I think I like FUN Lacquer Payday (H) the best out of all of them.

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    1. It's stunning and very unique in this line up!

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  3. I have FF but definitely need the others! I know some people use comparison posts to whittle down their wishlist, I'm the exact opposite lol!

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    1. Obviously I'm the same as I have 5 of these polishes!

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  4. Great comparisons!! Love these types of posts

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  5. I was expecting these would all look the same, but the variety is so interesting! Thanks for the comparison.

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  6. Great comparison post! Maybe not straight out dupes...but "do I really need both" kind of situation :)

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  7. Wahaha...then I saw the post title *facepalm*

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  8. Great post, they're all beautiful!

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  9. I think the answer is that you do NEED them all. Hahaha. Great post!

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  10. This is my favorite finish and color, I just love them all! But I have F.U.N Lacquer and I love it!

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    1. The F.U.N.s are awesome. Love them!

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  11. These are gorgeous, thank you for the comparison!

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  12. wonderful post!! of these, I own FUN Lacquer Pay Day and absolutely love it. I also have the original (mini) bottle so mine is a little old, but since day 1 the base was gold/yellow tinted. I remember after one coat thinking "damn my nails are yellow!!" only to realize it was the tinted base. lol, duh! I love that about it since I prefer gold over silver.

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one. I couldn't remember if it was that gold originally. Thanks for confirming.

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  13. Great comparison post. I loved Fun lacquer Pay day most, as it stands out among all.

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  14. I don't think I've ever seen you do a comparison post, but HOT DAMN, you were thorough. I just kept thinking about how much effort you put into this while I was reading! - Bubbie

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    1. Just wait the epic one is coming!

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