Wednesday, May 15, 2013

SinfulShine Dupes!

SinfulColors recently came out with a new line of polish, available exclusively at Walgreens, called SinfulShine with Gel Tech and which they claim is five times more glossy than a patent leather shoe! (I love how on their web site, in the tiniest type possible, that claim is qualified with the line "Global Value Brands 2012 Glossmeter study" so you know it's been tested.) I had to drive around to all the Walgreens on the East Coast practically to find one that had them! Good thing I had the Walgreens app on my iPhone that gave me all the locations. After all that, of course, the one near my house finally has them so I went and got a few more, and now I have nearly half of the 32 colors.

Because I'm always drawn to the same colors, naturally there's some overlap with the polishes I already have and I wanted to see just how close the new line was to colors in the regular SinfulColors line, both in color and shininess. It was kind of shocking, actually, how close many of them were. I'm going to break up my review of the SinfulShine line because there are so many, and in this one I'm only showing the ones that are dupes for other SinfulColors polishes, either in their core line or recent LE colors. Surprisingly, a few are exact matches for colors in another brand! Three of those are dupes for Revlon colors, so maybe not so surprising since Revlon now owns SinfulColors.

SinfulShine Tan Lines vs SinfulColors Vacation Time — the difference in color was so slight as to be within allowable differences between batches and both were equally shiny. Total dupes.
Two coats each, no top coat
SinfulShine Royal Flush vs SinfulColors Outrages — again, total dupes and both were single coaters!
One coat each, no top coat
SinfulShine Steel Reserve vs SinfulColors Ardoise — Ardoise is slightly bluer and darker.
Two coats each, no top coat
SinfulShine Bottoms Up vs SinfulColors Rain StormRain Storm is the slightest bit darker. If you are still looking for a less expensive version of Chanel Blue Boy, Bottoms Up would be a great choice!
Two coats each, no top coat
SinfulShine Pragmatic vs SinfulColors TempestTempest is a bit bluer while Pragmatic has subtle shimmers and needed an extra coat to cover, but something gives Pragmatic the edge for me.
Three coats Pragmatic, two coats Tempest, no top coat
SinfulShine Spitfire vs SinfulColors Beverly HillsBeverly Hills is the tiniest bit bluer but it's close enough to call them dupes, in my opinion.
Two coats each, no top coat
SinfulShine At Sea vs SinfulColors Sweet Nothing — in person, Sweet Nothing is just the tiniest bit darker, but it's barely perceptible. Total dupes! (This was added on 5/19/2013 because Sweet Nothing wasn't in with my other blues!)
Two coats each, no top coat
Now we get to the colors that are dupes of another brand!

SinfulShine Blue Suede Shoes vs Revlon Chic — absolutely exact match! You could paint half your nail with each polish and not be able to tell the difference. I prefer the brush and bottle on the SinfulShine and it's half the price, so Blue Suede Shoes is the winner here!
Two coats each, no top coat
SinfulShine Amazonian vs Revlon Rain ForestAmazonian seems to have smaller glitters in it so the finished effect is finer, but Rain Forest seems more colorful because of the larger glitters. I did like the brush better on Rain Forest but I prefer the overall look of Amazonian.
Two coats each, no top coat
SinfulShine Break Away vs Revlon First Class — total dupes and both one coaters!
One coat each, no top coat
I can understand the Revlon matches but I was really surprised by this next one — SinfulShine In The Limelight vs Zoya Josie! Josie was a little bit creamier and In The Limelight a little bit brighter. Hard to decide but I think I preferred In The Limelight.
Two coats each, no top coat
The SinfulShine polishes sell for $2.99 versus the $1.99 price of the regular line. Are they worth the extra dollar? For the most part, the "patent leather" shininess was only barely shinier than the regular line, sort of like the kind of syrupy shine you get with jellies. However, if you use a quick dry top coat, as I always do, this extra shine is no great advantage. Who has time to wait hours for it to dry completely? I will most likely keep the SinfulShine colors when I weed out the dupes but that's probably because I paid more for them. Quality-wise, I see no difference so if you don't have a Walgreens in your area, or your Walgreens hasn't gotten in this new line, I wouldn't wring my hands over not being able to get them.

In another post I will show the others I got and compare them to polishes that were similar, but not as exact matches. A couple of them had no matches at all!

8 comments :

  1. this is so funny! i was looking at all the "sinfulshine" and noticed they looked a lot like colors they already have! and i just did a mani using vacation time and Ardoise! thanks for the post on sinful. big fan!

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    1. I'm glad that at least SOME of the colors are unique!

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  2. Thanks for this post!! Good to know!

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  3. did you happen to pick up Rendezvous? I'm wondering how it compares to Be Happy or Open Seas!

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    1. Yes, I got Rendezvous and I will be comparing it to Open Seas. (I don't think I have Be Happy.) Open Seas is noticeably greener.

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    2. Yay! I can't wait to see! I don't have Be Happy but I do have Open Seas

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    3. This is an old post, but Be Happy and Rendezvous are dupes

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