Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Dupe Alert! Essie Chinchilly and LOreal Eiffel For You

Essie Nail Polish
Essie Chinchilly has always been one of my favorite nail polishes.  I LOVE the color.  I am a big fan of Essie polishes because I love the shade selection.  The formula is hit and miss - many of them are sheer and need quite a few coats to achieve an opaque look.  I have always just accepted this issue because I love the end result.  I wasn't even looking for a dupe, but picked up Eiffel For You on a whim because I love taupe/grey polish and this looked like it was right up my alley.  It dawned on me when I got home that this may be close to Chinchilly.  And yes, it is.  I found that I needed 3 coats of Chinchilly for it to be as opaque as the L'Oreal in one or two coats (I used 2 above, but 1 would have been pretty opaque).  I wore this all day and studied it in many different lights.  Because I was analyzing it, I did notice that the L'Oreal polish is a tad lighter.  It may look lighter because I used 3 coats of Essie and only 2 of the L'Oreal.  After 2 coats of Essie, I could still see my nail.  In this picture, you can see the slight difference, but throughout the day, there were many times I couldn't see any difference.  If you have Chinchilly on your wish list, I would highly recommend picking up Eiffel For You; not only because it's cheaper, but because the consistency is quite a bit better.
See the post below for the comparison in the bottles.


  1. Oooh these look so pretty on you! I bought Chinchilly because I figured it was a good addition to my collection but haven't worn it yet. I'm also a big Essie fan and love all their colors. They may not be flashy but they sure are pretty :)

    1. Well you better dig that out and wear it! I'm still a big Essie fan so if you have Chinchilly, I suggest you put it on:)

  2. Great color on you! Thanks for the comparison. I'm kind of on the fence about Essie, myself, but I do like those L'Oreals.

  3. I'm an Essie nail polish fan but I do hate pay 8 buck's for a nail polish that needs 3 coats or more. Totally not woth it, so ill search for Eiffel for you. thnx'

  4. I love Eiffel, although it is sometimes hard to find. I'm thinking about buying it online.


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