Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I Love A Good Dupe But An Original Is Just As Grand

So after seeing Polish Fixations post on Deborah Lippmann's I Know What Boys Like, I knew I had to have the color in my stash.  But, at $16 a bottle, it was hard to justify the purchase.  I managed to get a bottle of it on HSN.com using a coupon and free shipping and I am so glad I did, although as you'll see below, there are a few other shades that could easily be substituted for a fraction of the price.

Here's DL I Know What Boys Like:

 This shade is a deep dusty blue that leans purple, or a deep dusty blue that leans purple depending on your preference.  It's a beautiful alternative to wearing a straight blue or purple and its hard to find another shade that I could comfortably call a dupe.  But, of course, the thrill of the hunt is half the fun so here are some of the comparisons I found in my stash:

Index to Pinkie : I Know What Boys Like, NYX Girls True Navy, Finger Paints Grape Gumball, Zoya Caitlin
Index/Ring: DL I Know What Boys Like, Middle: OPI Dating A Royal, Pinkie: Sinful Colors Zeus

 There are similarities to a few of the polishes -- namely NYX Girls True Navy and Finger Paints Grape Gumball.  OPI Dating A Royal looks close in the photo but is more navy blue than the dusty deep blurple IKWBL is.  Grape Gumball is like a shimmery version of it and Caitlin is a lighter, greyed out shade of it.

True Navy comes the closest to being a dupe, with my husband being unable to tell the difference between the two in low lighting.  They're similar formula-wise with DL being slightly better two apply but both took 3 coats for full coverage.

All in all, this is a gorgeous color.  I don't regret buying it; especially on special.  HSN shipped fairly quickly and I received it within a few days of ordering it.  But, like I said, it is a pricier polish ($16) so if you're looking for a less expensive alternative, NYX Girls True Navy would probably do the trick at around $2 - $2.50 a bottle on Ebay, or I got mine in a Pink Zone store in one of my local shopping malls.