Monday, 8 April 2013

Essie 'Cute as a Button' and 'Mint Candy Apple' dupes for £1.79

So Spring is here (debatable) and all of the drugstore brands are hitting us with their selection of spring shades for the nails. Pastels aren't usually something that particularly excite me, but when I spot a dupe for something as popular as one of Essie's cult shades for such a low price, I think it's worth picking up so at the very least I can let others know about it.
I have a few of the NYC quick dry polishes already as I think they have a really nice shade range and when I was a student, the £1.79 price tag was perfect for a quick nail fix on a budget. I also much prefer these polishes to the drugstore nail ambassadors Barry M. I'm not a huge fan of the Barry M formula or lasting power, so at around half the price I'm happy there's another budget brand with decent quality nail polishes.

Without further ado, here are the two polishes which could be considered dupes for the notorious Essie 'mint candy apple' and 'cute as a button'.

 NYC quick dry nail polish: 320 Blue Sky, 300 Spring Tulip.

I don't actually own Essie's 'mint candy apple' myself but have seen enough pictures of it online for the colour to be permanently fixed in my imaginary colour palette. From what I can tell, NYC's '320 Blue Sky' is not an exact dupe for Mint candy apple, because as the name would suggest, it leans more blue than mint. If you are a fan of light blue/minty shades this is a really pretty one that you may enjoy.

NYC 'Spring Tulip' and Essie's 'Cute as a button' without flash
As for NYC's 'Spring Tulip' you can see for yourself what a close dupe it is for Essie's 'cute as a button'. The Essie polish is SLIGHTLY darker in the bottle but they look like the same colour on the nails. 

NYC 'spring tulip' and Essie's 'Cute as a button' with flash:

And as if the price of these polishes isn't low enough, they are currently on offer in Superdrug on 2 for £2.99.

Hopefully this post will be useful if you are looking for some pretty spring nail polishes on a budget.

Rachel x


  1. I really like NYC as a brand, and their polishes are really lovely :) xx

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  3. Never tried NYC polishes but love the look of the mint one

  4. I just found your blog through your videos :) I need to try NYC polishes, they seem perfect for spring and so affordable

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  5. Great dupes! I am a nail varnish addict!

  6. You can't tell if a polish is a dupe until you put it on your nails and see them side by side. There have been a lot of polishes that looked like dupes in the bottle but once they were swatched they didn't look anything alike. =/


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