Just a quick entry on nail colors and dupes. I found a pair of really identical colors in my stash yesterday, I almost forgot that I have the China Glaze colors shown here! (Prolly too preoccupied with my greens lately.)
The colors are just perfect dupes in my opinion, so I guess I don't need to go into details of how diffferent or similar they are.
I will say though, there is a difference in HOW they apply.
Here, we have OPI Mod about You (one of my very all time fave). It applies very creamy and opaque, and less skilled hands would find this a very streaky thick color to apply, and I think manicurists would also find this a pain to apply. Think Saint Germaine lipstick which is an Amplified Cream lipstick from MAC.
The dupe color is China Glaze Something Sweet (from the Up collection). You need 3 even coats to get the true opaque color, whereas Mod about You is just 2 very thin coats. Think of it as Color Crafted lipstick(a Lustre?) from MAC.
The next pair of dupes, we have Essie's Lilacism, and China Glaze Light as Air. Again, the difference is in the application.
Light as Air applies thick and opaque like Mod about You. And the Essie Lilacism needs 3 thick coats to get a true opaque true color.
I just want to say that not all colors within the same brand of nail polish applies the same way. Some colors are just thicker, even when you just bought them, and some colors are rather 'diluted' in nature. So, it is not as though you got a 'bad' batch when things don't turn out to your expectations. It is just different. And over time, you should have your preferences, and you can tell by the bottle (hold it against the light) to see the consistency of the color. Usually I steer very clear of the sheer ones, I would much prefer the Mod about You types, which are super thick and opaque, and the color is just POW after 2 thin coats.
I might have a series of foundation/ NARS entries coming up today, if not over the weekend. Keep posted. :)