Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Duping KOH Blue Universe

I have been obsessed with this polish ever since seeing it swatched over at Lacquerized (isn't her site gorgeous?) It's a polish from the Netherlands by a company called KOH and all I can say is that it's a good thing it wouldn't be an easy commute from New England because after seeing the entire shop over at Witoxicity I can tell I'd be in serious trouble if it were. So, instead, I decided to see if I could dupe it using polishes I already had in my stash. OK, I'll admit I didn't get the idea until I spotted Sail Away by Milani at CVS today so I had to buy that first.
Milani's Sail Away alone
First, a layer of Sail Away all by itself. This has enough micro glitter in it that with two coats and a topcoat for gloss it would be lovely as it is (although I don't know what it is with me and blue polish that makes me apply it as if I'm a two-year-old who can't stay in the lines.)
Adding NYC Starry Silver Glitter
I needed to add some silver micro glitter, so I used NYC's Starry Silver Glitter, although in retrospect I should have used Wet n Wild Kaleidoscope because here the glitter is a bit too dense, plus it has blue and purple hex glitter, which I didn't really want. Too late now...
Finger Paints Asylum
For the flakies, I used Finger Paints Asylum, from their Special Effect collection earlier this year. I debated using Flashy but decided I wanted the multicolors in Asylum. I used two coats to get in as many flakies as possible. Finally, I added a coat of Seche Vite; I should have leveled it out first with a coat of Gealous but by now my nails are about 1/4" thick and I fear they'd never completely dry if I added anything more.

Sadly, neither my manicure skills nor my photography skills are on a par with Michèle at Lacquerized, but it was an interesting experiment. The genuine KOH polish costs around €15 + S&H, which puts it roughly in the same bracket as Chanel and Dior. If I ever decide that I want to brave buying online in a foreign language (I have fears of ordering 92 bottles of totally the wrong items) I may splurge on it because it truly is amazingly beautiful, even my poor imitation, and it would be nice to wear without having so many layers I can barely lift my fingers.

UPDATE: I'd convinced myself that KOH Blue Universe was worth at least as much as Chanel, so I checked out the online store. True, the €15 may be in that range, but there is also an additional €15 S&H fee, bringing the total closer to US$40! That's way more of a splurge than I can justify, so I will have to continue trying to dupe it as best I can with what I have available. Zo'n schande.

UPDATE 3/24/12: I used two layers of the Finger Paints Asylum flakie over my dusty find of OPI DS Glamour and I think it came really close! Unfortunately, getting another bottle of DS Glamour is likely to cost as much as, if not more, than getting a bottle of the real thing, but I think I can be satisfied by layering Asylum over Sail Away. For now, anyway...
Finger Paints Asylum layered over OPI DS Glamour is amazingly close!

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  1. Gorgeous! I almost bought Sail Away today but then I put it back. Now I wish I had bought it!

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    1. Thanks! I was tempted to get a couple of the other colors in that collection but I had to restrain myself. You should definitely go get it!

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  3. Your polish obsession has lead to a beautiful layering experiment. It turned out great. I like the added blue and purple hex glitter!

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    1. I sort of liked the glitter colors, too, but they caught the light too much to be a real dupe. If they were flakes, it would be perfect!

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  4. I think that's SO close. If it was a bit more glossy I'm not sure how anyone would tell the difference.

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    1. I have a few more ideas that I think may get closer, so I'll either do an update or a Part II on it if they work out. Fingers crossed!

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  5. Extremely close, but I think I like yours better!

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