A few weeks ago a blog post took the nail polish by storm as someone had found a bottle of nail polish in Claire's that looked like a dupe of Deborah Lippmann's Candy Shop... also called Candy Shop. Since I own the Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop a dupe comparison was in order!
First up the bottles,
You can see right away that the Claire's polish has a hot pink base, where the DL is more of a milky pink.
Labels turned away,
Again it is pretty clear that the two pink's are not identical in this shot. It also looks like DL has more small round glitter while Claire's focuses on larger glitter pieces.
I applied two thickish coats on all fingers, DL Candy Shop on my index and ring fingers and Claire's Candy Shop on my middle and pinky fingers.
To many they may look exactly the same on the nail, but I still see the differences. It is really evident that the Claire's polish has a hot pink base, which is more opaque than the DL. Since it is more opaque some of the glitter is hidden underneath the pigment, while DL's the base is more jelly like so the glitter can really show through and take centre stage instead of the pink base.
Application wise, the DL goes on much smoother and all the glitter lays flat on the nail. It is pretty evident on my pinky nail that the glitter is not laying flat in the Claire's polish.
There are NOT exact dupes of each other, but are probably close enough that you don't need both in your collection. I prefer the Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop, because I like that the glitter lays flat and it much easier to apply.
Which one do you like better? Can you see the difference?