Greens Smackdown




Guess what, chillens? I’m done with work for the weekend so that definitely deserves a little bit of a celebration…which means that I bought some polish.  I bought a few colors at my local beauty supply and I also ordered some minis from Lush Lacquer. I’ve never tried that brand before so I’m super excited because their new collection of bright polishes is right UP MY ALLEY.  I wasn’t super happy with how long it will take to get my polishes, but I don’t have to be an impatient asshole…I can definitely wait since I have plenty of stuff to play with and swatch in the meantime. For those of you who read about my head banging episode yesterday, I am glad to say I feel a lot better. My head is still a little sore where I hit it but I don’t feel sleepy or nauseated any longer…well, no more than usual after having to be at work on a Saturday at 6 am.  Thank you for all  sweet messages on here and on twitter.

So for today, I have a fun post. My Blues Smackdown post got a lot of hits last time so I know that people are always looking for dupes. Being that emerald is the Pantone Color Of The Year, I decided to do a comparison post for some gorgeous greens. I hope you enjoy this and that it can save you a few bucks if you’re wondering if you have a dupe or not. Let’s get ready for my Greens Smackdown!



Color Club Abyss – Illamasqua Venous – OCC Chlorophyll – YSL Vert d’Orient







I don’t think that any of these polishes are 100% exact dupes, but OCC Chlorophyll and Illamasqua Venous are pretty darn close. They are the exact same size (.5 oz) but Illamasqua retails for $17 while OCC retails for $10. In terms of formula, I think that OCC Chlorophyll is just a tiny bit thinner, but it’s not a huge difference.  The priciest one is YSL Vert d’Orient and it is also the darkest one of the bunch. I reviewed it here yesterday. Now, is it really worth $25? That’s up to you to decided. Color Club Abyss is the brightest one here and at $8-it’s a steal!

Here is another comparison of 4 more gorgeous greens:


Color Club Wild Cactus – Nubar Into The Wild – Sation RV There Yet?  – Sinful Colors Rise And Shine






What do you think about these? I feel pretty confident in saying that Sation RV There Yet? and Color Club Wild Cactus are 100% dupes in terms of color. The Sation ($5.00) has a super sheer jelly formula that takes a lot of coats–4 here–to build up while the Color Club ($8.00) only took two. They are both gorgeous! The base color of the Nubar ($8.00) and the Sinful Colors ($1.99) is very similar but the Sinful Colors has a lovely shimmer throughout. I also found the Sinful Colors formula to be very thin but it was very buildable.

I hope that this post was helpful. I kind of dread doing these comparison posts because I realize how many dupes I probably have and don’t even realize it. However, I know that these posts are good in helping you decide if you really need a particular polish. Let me know what you think in the comments! Do you end up purchasing a lot of dupes? Do you regret getting them? Let me know if you have any other polishes that you think might be good dupes for these.

Have a wonderful weekend, and I will talk to you soon!

19 thoughts on “Greens Smackdown

  1. 22 June, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Ooooh! I love this post lady! I don’t think I own any of those, wtf is wrong with me? Wild Cactus and Rise and Shine are my faves 🙂
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    1. 23 June, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Those two are great. I am kicking myself for not using Rise and Shine sooner.

  2. Cindi
    22 June, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    This post I definitely need. I have a bad habit of buying dupes and I suppose that means I really like a color. Once I ended up with 3 bottles of Essie’s Pink-a-Boo, that shimmer drew me in every time and then I get home and find that I have not 1 but 2 already and now 3! So 2 went back to the store. That is when I started keeping a list of what I owned. I have a lot of Sinful Colors that are dupes for higher end products. Innocent is a dupe for OPI’s Nikki Minaj collection Did It On ‘Em. Thanks for the comparison posts and please do more! These are sooo helpful.

    1. 23 June, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      LOL!!!! Omg, I did the same exact thing with a yellow polish. I forget the name now, but it was a CG polish and I bought it like 3 times and then I realized what I had done when I was trying to clean out my stash. I plan to continue to do these comparison posts when I see more of those same colors coming up in newer releases.

  3. Heather F.
    22 June, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I find these totally helpful–both to steer me away from accidentally buying dupes for polishes I own, and for showcasing cheaper dupes for fancy brands that I don’t have. 🙂 I also like that it makes me feel a little better about my own dupes (I tend to buy up bright reds and dusty lilacs, only to discover I already have ten others that are 99% similar).

    1. 23 June, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      I think we all have those colors that we gravitate towards. I once bought the same color (same exact brand and color) 3 separate times because I kept forgetting I had it. lol

  4. 22 June, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Omg! I LOVE this! I definitely want every single nail polish in this post. No shame.

    1. 23 June, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      LOL…spoken like a true polish hoarder. 😉

  5. 22 June, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Awesome comparison of greens! I think there all pretty 🙂
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    1. 23 June, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      I wish I could say I regret getting them all, but the hoarder in me is very happy with them. lol

  6. 23 June, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Great post! They’re all pretty shades!
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    1. 23 June, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Thank you! Yes, they are all gorgeous.

  7. 23 June, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Rise & Shine is amazing. I have and lurve it!! 😀 Thanks so much for this post!
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    1. 23 June, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Believe it or not, I had never used it but I’ve had it for a while now. It is a great color!!

  8. 23 June, 2013 at 11:41 am

    i think polishaholics like us find comfort under the empty words of this is not 100% a dupe, so, let’s keep both.. LOL
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    1. 23 June, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      LOL…you are so right. I think that even when I suspect something is a dupe, I get it anyway just to “confirm” haha

  9. 24 June, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I love dupe posts. 🙂 It is kinda sad when you realize you have like 8 colors that “normal” people wouldn’t even know we’re different but hey- as non paid, recreational bloggers w regular jobs to do, we have an obligation to share this info w the public. ;p That being said I’m not very good at that cuz I do try to pay close attention to dupes, but I have to say that teal ish colors are my weakness. 🙂
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    1. 24 June, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Would it be fair to say that all colors are my weakness? lol I make myself sick sometimes. Right now I am battling my inner polish demon because my friend has a 20% off code for YSL on orders of $75 or more. I want 3 polishes…$25 each and then $20 each with the discount. I’m dying….must be strong.

  10. Lesley
    12 August, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Your blue post was super-helpful for me because you helped me pick which in yo’ face blue I wanted…and then actually, literally, provided it to me, hahaha.
    I am slightly less invested in this one because I have OCC Chlorophyll and love it in every way, but it was still interesting to see, especially since this is a color family that I like.
    I guess these posts help your readers out, but maybe make you cringe a bit, hahaha? I KNOW I have SO MANY dupe or near-dupes, but I just choose to ignore that fact. Lalalalala!!!

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