Thursday, 3 October 2013

Essie Dupe!

If there was ever a product that bloggers made me buy, this is it. The infamous Essie 'Fiji' polish, described as a creamy, pale pink that everyone and their mum seems to own!

As soon as I spotted the Sally Hansen polish in 'Shell we dance' I knew it would be a great dupe. 

As you can see from the pictures they are pretty similar both are a very pale, soft, milky pink with white undertones. The only difference I find is 'Fiji' once built up has a stronger white undertone and is more opaque than 'Shell we dance.' Both polishes apply very sheer and take at least three coats to build up an opaque colour so if you are in a hurry these aren't the ones to be reaching for! I've gotta admit I find them difficult to apply, they tend to end up streaky until you build them up and take a lot of time. They need three thin coats and each coat needs to be completely dry before applying the next or it'll just go gloppy and smudge, trust me this happened many times! This being said if you've got the time it's worth it! Once applied they both have a gorgeous, creamy finish that looks glossy without a top coat and makes the perfect everyday shade. It goes with everything and is great for work or interviews. 

This was the first time I've tried the Sally Hansen polishes and I've gotta say they are giving Essie a run for their money in my books! They've recently launched in Boots so much more readily available in the Uk, are a pound cheaper at £6.99 compared to the Essie polishes at £7.99 and I think I prefer the brush. The Sally Hansen polishes have a thicker, larger brush that I personally find easier and quicker to use.

I want to try more of the Sally Hansen polishes and see how they compare to other Essie polishes before I can choose a favourite! Do you have any colour recommendations I should try?


  1. I didn't know Sally Hensen did nail colours, I thought they only did nail treatment stuff! This looks like a fab dupe, they're both lovely colours xxx

  2. Great post, this is a really close dupe and a very pretty shade.

    I'm a new follower on your blog and look forward to reading more of your posts :)

    Kimberley x

  3. Great post! Thanks for sharing!:)

    Lovely blog, i'm a new follower!:)
    Please visit my blog too..

    Hugs, Brittany, xx

  4. Very close dupe and also slightly cheaper, thanks for sharing x

  5. I actually like the Sally Hansen one better! Great post! xx

    -Trina ♥

  6. I love this pale pinky colour but I think I prefer the opaqueness of the Essie one, I might have to get one!

  7. So so pretty, poundland sell Sally Hansen nail varnishes so will keep my eyes peeled!
    Lots of love,
    Laura x

  8. I love Fiji, it's one of my favorites from Essie :-)

    Love, Christine♥

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  10. I wish you show picture of this polish on nails.
    ONLY THEN we can see the real color and comparison. Color in the bottle is waaaay different than on nails, because glass of this bottles is different and light can trick our eyes a lot. Would be great if you make some additional pictures of these colors on your nails :)