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April 08, 2010

Nails Story: Pink & Lilac Dupes (OPI, Essie, China Glaze)


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.  :)

May 20, 2009

NOTD: Purple and Teal


Just to share a 'nail look' which I painted on my sister's hands.

OPI Do you Lilac It?   China Glaze For Audrey

I painted the purple on all fingers except for the ring finger, which is the teal colour.  Just an idea suggested by the lovely fiend -- Thanks babe!!  I always like this combination of colours, and am even more inspired when I saw this (colour) picture in the Zara store featuring the very unique and/but (?) pretty Lara Stone.

That's all, and thanks for reading!!

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About Me

My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

About this Blog

I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

Currently The Makeup Blogette receives 39,000 unique views monthly or 2,238,932 views and counting.

My Makeup Style

I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

What Cameras do I use?

Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

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I have no official Facebook fan page, and currently have no intention to start one at all.  The Makeup Blogette remains my personal hobby and property, so as such, I don't believe in having a Facebook fanpage for it.

Final Disclaimer

I bought/ paid for all of the products mentioned in this blog. I am not affliated to any company. If certain products are sent to me for review purposes, I will say so and express my honest opinions about them. In any case, I will only review and showcase the products which I have personally tried and tested, and enjoy using. I do not get paid to review anything.

No ads, no paid links etc please.  I am in charge of all content and pictures here.

I am not a makeup artist, nor do I have any professional training in makeup.




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