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."
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.
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.
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!