Sunday, July 24, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe Dupe?

I was at Icing the other day looking for some of the awesome holos they had debuted with their Charlie Sheen theme (I found one leaky bottle) when something caught my eye:

Now I absolutely love Deborah Lippmann so I kinda feel like a traitor posting dupes of their fabulous nail polishes, but sometimes a girl needs to save some money to buy herself a Clarisonic Mia to shrink her large pores!

Force of Love is part of their Duality nail polish duos. It has a navy blue sheer jelly base with aqua and green hexagonal glitter and silver micro glitter. I don't have Across the Universe to do a complete comparison but from what I've seen online, Force of Love has more micro glitter than Across the Universe.

This formula was not my favorite. It was very chunky and gloopy. My bottle definately needed some thinning. I also needed about four coats to reach opacity. And because I needed so many coats and the bottle is mini, my bottle is now half empty. You can layer this over a navy or black cream but unless you have more than one coat, you will lose a the depthness that mulitple coats gives you. Case in Point:

Here is Force of Love layered over Sally Hansen Navy Baby on the Left and the other polish included in the duo Magnetic Attraction layered over Color Club Black. I was able to get rid of the chunkyness here by adding a coat of Gelous and then topping that off with a coat of Seche Vite. Even though you lose the depthness of Force of Love when layered over a cream, it's still really pretty. I even prefer it this way.

Now as for Magnectic Attraction...I simply love this lacquer. LOOK AT ALL THOSE COLORS!!  It has a sheer grey base with micro holo glitter and larger hexagonal holo glitter. The base is simply to sheer to be worn alone (but I have to admit, I haven't tried). As you can see from the swatch above, it has so many layers to it! It looks like the galaxy on my nails without even trying.

All in all, I don't feel comfortable calling Forces of Love a dupe of Across the Universe but it is pretty gosh darn close. And it has satisfied my lemming of Across the Universe for the time being. Maybe I'll ask for it when my birthday rolls around.

1 comment:

  1. Oh it's so much fun finding cheap dupes, so I don't blame you. ;)