Saturday, 25 February 2012

Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air vs Revlon Whimsical - now THIS is a dupe!

While picking up Deborah Lippmann's Candy Shop, I could not resist grabbing Glitter in the Air to do a true dupe comparison with my bottle of Revlon Whimsical. I was convinced I'd be able to tell the difference between these two on the nails the same way I could with Candy Shop, but...

Yeah. I couldn't.

By the way, I'm giving away two bottles of Revlon Whimsical here :)

The bottles:

Close up:

They look pretty damned identical to me. The Lippmann looks a touch milkier, but not much.

Side note: this is the first time I've ever gotten a Lippmann bottle with a flawed brush - one of the strands was super long! You can see it poking through the polish here. I took a pair of scissors and cut it off.

The brushes:

The Lippmann brush is a bit shorter and wider than the Revlon brush.

This is four coats of each polish with no base coat.

Two coats over OPI Alpine Snow. The Lippmann had a bit more glitter, but that may have been a coincidence.

Two coats over Deborah Lippmann Shape of my Heart. Again the Lippmann appears to have a touch more glitter. Incidentally, this is my favourite way to wear this polish!

Two coats over Revlon Dreamer - another beautiful way to wear these lovely polishes. In this case, the Revlon had slightly more glitter than the Lippmann, confirming that it's more a random luck thing than a glitter concentration thing.

Unlike Candy Shop, in my mind Whimsical is a true dupe for Deborah Lippmann's Glitter in the Air.  If you have one, you don't need both! The only difference I saw was that GITA has more tiny pink glitter - the Revlon doesn't appear to have any, but it's so subtle it's barely noticeable. The application for both is similar - fairly easy, though you'll want to wait a minute between coats to prevent the glitter from moving around.

My bottle of Whimsical is already looking a bit low from the number of coats it takes to get a decent application, but I'm not too worried - I have a bottle of Glitter in the Air as a backup!


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    1. It's such a beautiful polish :) I hope you found a bottle!

  2. I've had my eye on the Deborah Lippmann one for a while now, definitely going to give it a try I think having seen your swatches! Thanks for posting about the two! :)

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    1. Glad I could help :) It's definitely a great polish!

      You might also like my candy shop dupe post if you liked this one :)

  3. i don't know if you did it already (i was searching and didn't find).. but you should do a comparison with DL's bad romance & the revlon dupe faucets of fushia.

  4. Thank you for the swatches!! Revlon's polishes are so much easier to find (not to mention cheaper) so I think I might just go for theirs, I've been lemming the DL for a while.

  5. Soooo pretty! I can't find the revlon one anywhere so think I'll have to get the deborah lipman one!!

  6. Beautiful! I don't love a lot of glitter but rather prefer scattered like this. I've go e through a bottle of Whimsical and have a couple of backups but always wanted to try the original Glitter in the Air. Eventually I found it on sale or as a GWP and I adore it. However, I think my bottle of Whimsical has a bit more glitter than GitA. Go figure. My favourite way to wear it is over a light to medium blue leaning grey like RGB Steel. Thanks for the comparison and not putting down one of my favorite brands because its kind-of pricey and almost always duped as soon as something new is released. And, Deborah Lippmann has the prettiest bottles in the business, IMO.