Blues Smackdown

With all the gorgeous blues that have come out lately, the questions about possible dupes is inevitable. As a blue polish lover–and hoarder–I knew that I would cringe when I finally sat down to evaluate all the possible bright blue polish dupes. Today I chose two older and two newer blue polishes to compare. For my blues smackdown, I have the following four polishes:


Color Club Bright Night – Essie Butler Please – Kiko Electric Blue – Nails Inc. Baker Street





While all of these colors are fairly similar, I think that Color Club Bright Night and Kiko Electric Blue are dupes while Essie Butler Please and Nails Inc. Baker Street are dupes. All of these polishes have a glossy creme finish except for Color Club Bright Night which dries to a satin finish.

These are 3 other polishes that I thought might be close to these as well:

from dusk till dawn

Nubar Dusk Till Dawn (I suspect it’s pretty close to Nubar Blueberry too!)


Cacee BFF Sky


And lastly, this is Essie Avenue Maintain which is NOT a dupe for any of those blues. People had asked me how close this is to Essie Butler Please, and it’s obviously not close at all.

I hope this helps some of you decide if you REALLY need certain blue polishes, but I have a sneaking suspicions that the true polish addicts won’t care.  And just for the heck of it, here is my polish haul for this week. I had commented that I basically blew through my polish budget for the next few months…if I had a polish budget.


I picked up 3 of the 4 new Essie Resort Collection polishes and also got an extra set for a giveaway so be on the lookout for that. Thanks for stopping by today!

28 thoughts on “Blues Smackdown

  1. What holographics are those? Color club and china glaze, but are they halo hues from 2013 and hologlams?

  2. Of all of these, Color Club is my fav. Only because it would be the only one that I could get in SA! Although I’ve been looking for a blue like this in SA brands (Essence, Tip Top, Sinful), no luck YET… But you wait… A few months maybe lol 😉

    1. I’m glad you found it helpful. I tend to grab colors that I like without thinking of how many similar I probably already have. I think I need to be a little better about this.
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    1. I think that my favorite was from Color Club just because it was so pigmented. Color Club and Kiko are pretty even. I applied 2 thickish coats of each to get them all looking good. I don’t really have any complaints about formula on these polishes.
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  3. Thank you so much for this post ! I’m always looking for this kind of very useful comparison when I’m looking for a new color. I guess I’m not truly addicted yet !

  4. These are fantastic blues! I’ve been lusting after Baker Street, so it’s. Although half the reason I wanted it was the name 😉
    Though I must admit from the pictures I’d have seen Kiko as more of a Baker Street dupe, Essie seems a bit lighter, so it’s good to hear what actually looks dupier in reality.
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  5. Blues make up the largest part of my collection tied with greens, and a good amount of blue-greens, teals, and aquas in between!

    Glad to know I can pass on those other blues knowing I’m not missing anything. I’m gonna have to get Essie Avenue Maintain though…

  6. Thank you sooo much for this post! I’ve been wanting a nice blue for ages, but I can’t decide… Now I’m between Baker Street and Bright Night. But I guess it’s going to win Color Club because I can’t find a website that ships Nails Inc. internationally :/

  7. The new Essie is definitely not a dupe, I could pretty much tell that from bottle shots. I absolutely love the nails inc one so I’m excited that you say it’s a dupe of Essie which I can get easily. It’s funny cuz in different light angles they all look different and they all look the same! Trickyyyy. They’re all super pretty though, I think we can all agree on that!

  8. I agree that the Kiko and Color Club are dupes. I feel like I see a *little* difference between the Nails Inc. and the Essie, but maybe that’s because the Nails Inc. is my #1 lemming and I just want it to look different because I want it. I think I have to go by the mall this week, and if I do, I may just go get it *bwahaha*.
    Funny how I like the Color Club because I feel like it’s the most IN YO FACE, but I have a hard time finding the brand. I know I could probably find the Sinful, but I’m just hung up on the Nails Inc. I’m being a snob about that one, I guess.
    As I mentioned on Twitter, I feel a major polish binge coming on myself. I realized during Lent how ridiculous it is that I have so many untrieds and I shouldn’t buy any more, buuuutttt…enter two stressful work days and PMS and I am caving! I thought I had “held off” a significant amount of time since Easter ended…aaannnddd it’s been 3 days. LOL! This indicates a serious addiction problem, fo realz.
    I am getting better about buying stuff that is more unique to my stash because I also kick myself when I see how many dupes I have. If I could just make a dent in the untried thing (which I felt I did when I wasn’t buying polish over Lent, but now feel guilt about basically replacing my progress with new buys), I think I’d be somewhat balanced within my addiction. 😉

  9. (Just read the greens smackdown and realized I never actually commented on the original blues smackdown, which influenced my shopping list!)

    Thanks for these! They are super helpful. 🙂 I love Butler Please, and was relieved to find out I don’t have to spend more money for Baker Street. Woot!

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