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Friday, 23 August 2013

Essie Dupe: The Perfect Mint Nail


I rarely write 'nail' blog posts, but I've decided to write this after coming across this incredible nail varnish. I would hate for you to waste your money and that's why I needed to tell you about this £1.00 nail varnish that I recently discovered. I'll admit that yes, like most girls, I love expensive brands and yes, I do own an abundance of Nails Inc, Leighton Denny and Chanel nail varnishes. I'm not going to lie, they are very good and they do look beautiful in my bathroom but sometimes, you come across something just as good, for such a lower price, that you just have to shout about it and share the secret...

After seeing the gorgeous Michelle Keegan upload a photo of her mint nails onto instagram, I decided that I needed that colour in my life. It made her tan look incredible. Since, I have been searching for that perfect mint polish, unable to find it, I gave up the chase, until one day, it was right in front of my eyes. I love mint nail varnishes because they make your tan look incredible and particularly for Summer, pastel colours are just my all time favourite. I was recently invited to the launch event of 'Pastille Nail Bar' in Leeds and it made me even more obsessed with all things pastel coloured. The whole nail salon is decorated using pastels and it looks incredible, it's the most beautiful salon that I've ever been to. 

I tried a few different brands when trying to find my perfect mint nail polish,and for some reason, still couldn't find the perfect mint shade, no matter how hard I looked, it was either too light or too dark. Whilst shopping for some One Direction Make Up (awkward I know, but it's actually very good), I came across the MUA stand in Superdrug. For those of you that don't know, MUA do incredible and affordable products, most things are £1.00. I've never really used them much, because I do love my Benefit, MAC and Dior (I am a consumers dream), but I couldn't walk past the stand this time after laying my eyes on the mint colour that I'd been on the hunt for for so long. I actually mistook the MUA nail varnish bottles for Essie nail varnishes at first. They are complete dupes/copies whatever you want to call it, they look identical.


This is the colour after two coats. I wore it in Barcelona for over a week and they didn't even chip. This was without a top coat as well, so it just goes to show that MUA nail polishes are just as good as any other nail varnishes.  


I was so surprised when I bought this nail varnish because as mentioned, it is pretty much identical to the Essie varnishes, these bottles are just smaller. I know that this is a bit of a different and short blog post from me, but I felt that I had to show you all this diamond of a product. I do love Essie, but when MUA have produced the same gorgeous colours, practically identical packaging and the varnish inside, actually lasts just as long, if not longer, then I feel that every girl needs to know about these polishes. 

I'm ridiculously impressed with this colour, it's vibrant, fresh and not too shiny, just what I was looking for. I can't wait to have a look at the other colours in the collection. I've paid £8.00 for an Essie nail varnish and for the same price, you could buy 8 different shades from MUA, well I think I'll go and do just that, just so that I can show you all what other gorgeous colours they stock. For £1.00, you can afford to test out the colours and see if you really do like them on your nails, in fact, for £1.00, you can afford to buy a new nail varnish to wear with  every single outfit, imagine that hey? Thanks MUA for bringing us the Primark of nail varnishes.


Have you used Essie nail varnishes? Did you notice the same similarities between Essie and MUA? Have you used MUA products before? What are your favourite nail varnishes? Do you like the mint shades? What shades are you liking?
Lots of love, Em x

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52 comments:

  1. LOVE this colour! May have to get my hands on it now!

    BritishBeautyAddict

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    1. Aw thank you, let me know if you try it:) x

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  2. Wow looks super pretty and affordable! You have such long, nice nails, very jealous :)

    Sophierosehearts x

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    1. I know! nothing better than affordability too! A nice colour, which we can actually afford! Aw thank you so much! x

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  3. I bought this a while ago, it is really good, I think I had to do three coats to get it looking perfect, but it dries so fast that it wasn't really an issue! Excellent value for money from MUA yet again

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    1. Yeah sometimes three is better than two, I know I can't believe how quickly it dried! Yep, again, MUA you are amazing haha! x

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  4. Gorgeous color - I really like the MUA nail polishes and it's great that they come in smaller bottles so the consistency is always mint, because I don't know about everyone else but I have NEVER finished a nail polish in my life and after a while they tend to get a bit dried up.

    http://makeupbycandlelight.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I know, I prefer smaller bottles, mine allllways dry up, these are great to take on holiday with you too if you want to change your colour often! xx

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  5. such a gorgeous colour! I find that berry m. does one very similar colour too!
    x

    http://www.rougesramblings.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Oooo I need to scope out some Barry M nail varnishes, I used to love them so much! x

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  6. I have this! One of my favourites
    x

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    1. It's beaut isn't it :):):) glad you love it too!x

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    1. Aw yayyyy let me know what you think of it when you get it! x

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  8. I love the MUA nail polishes! so pretty, such a pretty colour. Mint always looks amazing with a tan.

    Jamie-Lee | Glitter Infatuation | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog!

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    1. So gorgeous aren't they, I love the bottles! Yes mint seems to make your tan stand out so incredibly! x

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  9. Mint is such an incredible color! I love it. :)

    classypeach.blogspot.com

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  10. This colour is gorgeous, i need to get my hands on it asap :D XO

    VINTAGE TEAPOT | FASHION, BEAUTY & LIFE RAMBLES

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    1. Yessss and for £1.00 you can't go wrong really can you haha! x

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  11. I really want to try some MUA polishes, they sound amazing for the price x

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    1. They are so good, I was so shocked! xx

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  12. thanks for stopping by on my blog pretty girl! love this colour! mint is my all time fave!


    http://thisgirlloveschic.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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    1. Aw any time gorgeous! x I love mint, my ultimate colour! x

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  13. this looks really good, amazing colour! xx

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE

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    1. It's gorg isnt it! eek so summery! x

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  14. MUA are just so good for makeup dupes! Even if they do seem to steal the bottle design too! I am using a Maybelline one at the moment which is another Essie dupe, just a bit paler than this MUA one. Only £4.99 too.

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. Ahh they are arent they!!! Ooo I will be sure to check that out thank you! xx

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  15. I have Essie Mint Candy Apple on right now! This looks pretty similar. The bottle looks almost the same as well!
    Mia ♡ Une Jolie Vie

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    1. It is soo similar isn't it! I've seen photos of it on pinterest! x

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  16. So pretty! I love this color! I hope you'll have a chance and stop by my blog. All about Beauty. Life. and DIY. If you ever have an OTD, LOTD, hair or nail tutorial, or a fun fashion DIY, I'd love for you to share it at "That's my Style" Link party TODAY. Don't have anything to share? Stop by anyway for beauty tutorial and fun DIY projects. Hope to see you there. :)

    Karla @ www.MySerendipitousLife.com

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    1. Aw thank you, me too, I'm a bit obsessed with it! x

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  17. Nexus Exhibitions Pvt Ltd is one of the PremierBeauty Shows Indian Exhibition Company which has successfully organized number of exhibitions/ shows in the B2C & B2B segment with portfolio comprising of fashion, lifestyle & beauty related events across India since 2006

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  18. wow, what a great dupe and such a lovely colour, I'm a sucker for mint greens! x

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    1. I know how amazing! Haha mint and pastels in general are pretty addictive at the moment! x

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  19. That looks so pretty!

    http://mintsunday.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Aw thank you, it really is! I love it! x

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  20. So pretty! I've been looking for a nice mint nail polish for ages! And it's always great when I can find one at a good price! :)

    Rachel Emma
    Daydream Frenzy

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    1. A nice mint is actually harder to come across than you think! Yeah I love finding well priced items! x

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  21. Such a lovely colour, I do love Essie but I might have to pick up one of the MUA polishes to test it :)
    Rosalie x
    RosalieJayne

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    1. It's gorgeous isn't it. Yeah I love Essie too, it's difficult when it's such a nice brand and then MUA copy them haha! x

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  22. I'm a Barry M nail varnish addict so I rarely venture to any other nail polish brand but I definitely need to invest in some Essie polishes, although this dupe looks amazing!

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  23. Why I used to like red, see you this color, I feel good like, I would like to try.
    www.frankc.com

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  24. Amazing colour!

    franleanne.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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  25. Love the color of this polish!

    Kendra

    www.beautybykendrac.com

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  26. The colour is really pretty and you've done it so well I suck at it especially using my lefty to do the right nail.

    xoxo
    Ivy
    http://www.purrpleivy.com/

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  27. wow! This nails are fantastic. I'm gonna try them out!

    ~Cindy
    gel nail polish

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