Monday, May 13, 2013

Neon Pink Comparison Essie, China Glaze, LA Colors

Hello, Happy Monday!  I hope had a great weekend.  I had such a nice day yesterday (Mother's Day) with my family.  They surprised me with a big breakfast and then we went hiking in some woods/by a lake at a big college nearby.  I loved spending some quality time with my husband and daughters.

This is a post that I have been meaning to do for quite a while.  In addition to being addicted to nail polish/blogs and reality tv, I am also subscribed to a couple hundred "beauty gurus" on Youtube.  I usually lug the laptop around the house with me while doing chores (cooking supper, folding laundry, getting ready in the morning, etc) and have various Youtubers telling me what cosmetics to buy and sharing their life with me through their day-in-the-life vlogs.  One of my favorite Youtubers is Michele1218.  She has raved about Essie Pink Parka for quite some time and since it was limited edition in 2009, it's nearly impossible to find.  I just Googled it and there is one listing on Amazon for $125!  Michele has been on the lookout for a dupe, and so have I (because I happen to have Pink Parka too and love it).  We have been talking about it on Twitter and through the comments on Youtube and we both decided to do a comparison - mine through my blog and she will be posting a video on her channel here.  It sounds like she may have a pretty close dupe...I don't, so I am calling this a "Neon Pink Comparison Post."
essie pink parka china glaze shocking pink china glaze flip flop fantasy neon pink
I think I have been dreading this post because neons are soooo hard to capture in photographs.  I had a heck of a time capturing the difference in the shades while showing the neon...ness.  Imagine the below shades...but in highlighter form:)  WAY brighter in real life.
essie pink parka china glaze shocking pink china glaze flip flop fantasy neon pink
As you can see, Pink Parka is more of a rich pink neon.  It is darker...if a neon can be called "dark".   I knew Flip Flop Fantasy was more of a coral, but I thought I would show them side-by-side in case you are in the market for a neon and wanted to see the differences.
essie pink parka china glaze shocking pink china glaze flip flop fantasy neon pink
I was pleasantly surprised to find a China Glaze Shocking Pink dupe during this process.  LA Colors Pink Bubbles is pretty much an exact dupe in real life.  I received it in a neon pack of L.A. Colors through a giveaway at Not Too Polished.  I checked online and it looks like you can get LA Colors polishes at a variety of drugstores.  And I imagine they aren't too expensive.  Here is a link to their site listing the retail locations.

Each of these polishes needed 2 to 3 coats for maximum opacity.  I have read that layering neons over a white polish helps them pop...I plan to try that next time.

So the Pink Parka dupe hunt continues.  Be sure to subscribe to Michele1218's Youtube Channel to see her comparison video.  Good luck Michele, with Baby #1!

41 comments:

  1. Great post! I love comparison posts. I'm not a huge pink fan unless they're neons. Somehow making pink neon makes it all better for me. I'll have to hunt down the CG. I like Shocking Pink a lot.

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  2. Glad you had such a nice Mother's Day! I love hikes ( well can't do them right now but ya know ;-) ) Go figure, Pink Parka is my favorite of the bunch that you compared, can't wait to see if you two come up with a dupe!!!!

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    1. I hope I can come up with a dupe too. You'll be able to hike soon enough! :)

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  3. Yay to a great mother's day! Also I'm glad I'm not the only one who lugs her laptop around watching beauty gurus endlessly while doing house work.

    LOVE this comparison. The Essie and the China Glaze are my faves totally. I've never really layered my neons over white. I keep meaning too...I think I need to now. Thanks for the great post!

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  4. There all such pretty neon pinks! Love them :)

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  5. Pink is my favorite color to wear! Awesome idea about the white nail polish, I can't believe I never thought about that! Great post!

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  6. Great post...you do a super job with comparisons. :)

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    1. My thoughts exactly!!!!! Comparison posts are always nice...they're so helpful - I love that. (see what I did there - 'lil parody of a line from The Princess Bride :-P ) lol, anyhoo, I wonder if by some crazy chance, Kleancolor's neon pink could be a good dupe of Pink Parka? I have it, and it is a nice neon pink, "darker," like you said. I'll try to capture it as true to real life as possible and send you the pics by email. The awesome thing about Kleancolor? They're only $1.75/bottle! And TONS of colors and finishes to choose from. I know, your bank account hates me again. But only a little. ;-)
      http://www.beautyjoint.com/kleancolor-nail-lacquer

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  7. Flip Flop Fantasy always catches my eye but I've just not gotten it, yet... I love how warm and peachy it is in comparison to the other pinks.

    Your Mother's Day sounds perfect :) I'm excited (and jealous, lol) for you that you got a hike in :)

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    1. You guys will be hiking soon and then I will be jealous:)

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  8. Wow, now I understand why you two looked for a dupe for that Essie. It's absolutely great and stands out among the other ones. Definitely my favourite here!

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  9. Love this post! Flip Flop Fantasy is one of my new faves :D

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    1. Thanks! Yes, Flip Flop Fantasy is really pretty.

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  10. I love pink parka. I have it in my collection and it's my favourite neon pink :)

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  11. Great post! I have flip flop fantasy. It's so pretty but a streaky mess. Lol. I'm thinking of getting Shocking Pink. It reminds me of Sinful Colors 24/7, which I owned but really hated the way it applied. Good to hear that you had a great Mother's Day. :)

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    1. Maybe try a white base and see what happens. Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Yaay for the wonderful weekend and breakfast surprise! Great swatches of pinks! So neonish!! I've been in love with CG flip flop fantasy, but too bad it goes so badly with my skintone :(

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    1. I agree, I think Flip Flop Fantasy is a little hard to wear. I have only worn it once on all of my nails and I couldn't decide if it looked good on me or not. It's pretty though:)

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  13. I love them all but there is something special with Pink Parka even though the formula and brush is awful :)

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    1. I know, it also doesn't help that you can't get it. It seems like we all want what we can't get:)

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  14. Your Mother's Day sounds wonderful! I'm glad you had a chance to spend it with your family. :-) Thanks for the comparisons! I'm such a fan of neon pinks. :D

    ~ Yun

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    1. Yes, it was a nice weekend:) Thanks for stopping by Yun!

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  15. Love flip flop fantasy, not too pink which is nice :)

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  16. That's a great comparison - Pink Parka is my favorite!

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  17. Hi Essie, what a great comparison - those posts are immensly helpful. And despite you claiming the colors pop more IRL your pictures are a wonderful guide to me as my office lightning seems to match your photo lights - I can always rely on your pictures!!! And theeeeen I think I have a dupe for your Essie but my lips are sealed and my fingers taped (to prevent typing) - unfortunately this polish is out of stock right now but I will ship it your way as soon as it becomes available again. Love xxx

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    1. Really? People would be pretty excited if you find a dupe! Thanks for your compliment on my photos, it means a lot. Take care!

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  18. I know this is going to be a weird question, but what is the name of the font you used to write in the name of each nail polish?

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    1. I use Picmonkey.com to do it and the font is called "Shadows Into Light Two". Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. Great post! I love comparison posts. I'm not a huge pink fan unless they're neons. Somehow making pink neon makes it all better for me. I'll have to hunt down the CG. I like Shocking Pink a lot.

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