Yesterday my friend and I took a little trip to Ulta and we noticed a brand new, completely full endcap of Essence Cosmetics. I was so excited at the prospect of nail polish I had never tried before, but I was trying to be good and just use my rewards thingy for a free salon nail polish (Essie Cute As A Button, by the way). Because Essence polishes are only ninety nine cents, I decided I could choose one. I picked a very "me" color, a peachy, pinky coral. It's called What Do U Think? (I hate it when makeup companies substitute letters for words like that. It's not cute). When I got home I told Ange-Marie what I had found. Our conversation basically went as follows:
Me: I got an Essence polish. I think it's called What Do U Think?
Ange-Marie: You know that's supposed to be a dupe of a Chanel, right?
Me: ...Orange Fizz?
Ange-Marie: *laughter ensues*
The thing is that I JUST BOUGHT Orange Fizz like two weeks ago. I had a Dillard's giftcard so I'm not really worried about spending the money, it's just annoying that there is a ninety nine cent dupe out there. But still, I was trying to be objective about it all, optimistic that the Essence wasn't truly a dupe.
So...which is which? You tell me. I'm not even going to bother telling you. I have Orange Fizz on two fingers and What Do U Think? on two fingers. At least my taste in polish is consistent. Right?
Here's one with flash, just so you know I'm not tricking you.
In real life I think that the Chanel is a touch pinker, but it's barely noticeable. Honestly. So, celebrate, people. If you've been lemming Orange Fizz, you could just buy four bottles of What Do U Think? for four dollars and be set. Or one tiny bottle. But it's pretty small.
The Essence is .16 fl oz, which is mini-er than a mini. Chanels are .4 fl oz.
I like the brush on the Essence polish. It's flat and kind of wide, at least for a mini. This was my first Chanel polish ever. I was amazed at how awesome the formula is. At least on Orange Fizz, the formula is comparable to my Rescue Beauty Lounge cremes; thick but not too thick. Application was a breeze. The formula on What Do U Think? was a touch thinner but still fine.
Here's a full manicure with Orange Fizz.
Oh, just to let you know every time I show you guys a creme I use a ridge-filling base coat. My preference is Nail Tek II. Anyway, this color is absolute perfection, at least for me at this moment, when I'm in a ridiculous coral/peach phase. I love it and I'm glad I have it. However, the Essence would be a suitable replacement since it's...*cringe*...a dupe.
The funny thing is that I actually read a post not too long ago on Little Music Boxes about how What Do U Think? is an Orange Fizz dupe. Not only did I read it, I also commented on it. Ange-Marie brought this to my attention last night. I am a moron. I didn't recognize the Essence polishes when I was staring right at them. Oh well. I'm taking my grandma to lunch today and she basically lives on top of Ulta, so I'm going back to haul more Essence. It's cheap. Really cheap. Want. If all their minis apply as well as the...*cringe*...dupe, then I want...a lot of them. Plus they're only a dollar. How much damage can I really do? :D
Alright, who has found Essence displays in the US? Does anyone have a favorite color that I should for sure check out? Or a favorite product? Let me know! I'm practically an Essence virgin!