Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Special Gift & Charla: Her Many Dupes

Morning everyone! I'm blogging from bed because I am still exhausted from last night. I hope everyone enjoyed their Monday night. :)
About a month ago, The lovely Holiday from Silence is Loud sent me a little package. I know, I've totally been a bad lady to just now be getting around to it.
And I swear, when I get my head on straight I will return the favor. :)
AHHH. JOE FRESH POLISHES! :) I've been wanting to get my hands on these for a while. I was so excited when I saw this! She also sent me a lovely CND lotion that smells heavenly.

Dupioni, Midas, and Imperial.

This is 4 coats of Dupioni.

Dupioni is a pearly white frost. I thought it would quickly be opaque but it took a while to get there. 

I want to try this layered over a pink.

Ahhh no clean up!

This is 3 coats of Midas.

Midas is a green-bronze shimmer polish. The color is very unique. 

It reminds me of one of the polishes from the China Glaze Holiday collection, Peace On Earth. But that polish was more green. 

Look at all the shimmer. :)

This is 2 coats of Imperial.

Imperial is a deep purple shimmer. I am drooling just looking at this. Nothing is better than a purple polish in my book. And this one is perfect!

It's like a burnt grape color. YUM.


I really do love these polishes. Now I want more Joe Fresh's! The names of these seem rather strange, none the less. 

I also wanted to do a comparison between Zoya Charla and her many dupes.
Zoya Charla, Essence Choose Me!, Wet N Wild Teal Of Fortune, and Jesse's Girl Glee.

This is 3 coats of Zoya Charla by herself. 

I love the Zoya brush; I didn't have any clean up to do.

I then used Essence Choose Me on my index and ring finger. I used 3 coats. Choose Me seems slightly lighter and greener. 

Choose Me, Charla, Choose Me, Charla. 
They're close enough to not need both but I wouldn't exactly call them dupes. Also, the brush on Choose Me was longer and harder to work with.

I used 3 coats of Wet N Wild Teal Of Fortune on my index and ring finger.

These to me, seemed like dupes. I couldn't tell the difference once they were on. The brush on Teal Of Fortune was a lot wider and messy.

This is 3 coats of Jesse's Girl Glee on my index and ring finger.

This one was also a dupe to me. The brush on Glee is shorter and little bit easier to work. 

In my mind, it doesn't matter which polish you have- they were all pretty much the same. I perfect Zoya Charla to work with because the brush is precise. I think the cheapest of these is the Wet N Wild Teal Of Fortune. I bought mine for 99 cents but it retails for 1.99. The brush on that one is crappier, but it's probably the best deal.
:) I hope that helped someone!

Also, I know my posts are usually quite large and contain a lot of pictures and polishes. I like showing a lot of stuff at once but would you guys prefer if I broke these down to smaller posts?
Let me know!


  1. The purple's pretty and I love Charla & her dupes... I love your long posts btw

  2. I'm jealous that you got Imperial. I'm from Canada and I couldn't find that darn polish!

  3. I feel better knowing I'm not the only one with all these Charla clones. Do you have Catch Me in Your Net & Halley's Comet, too? :)

    I like long posts and lots of pictures! I'd probably have split this particular post into two, so someone later searching for Charla would see it right away at the top of the post but whatever works for you is fine on your blog of course.

  4. I love your posts as is. Love the Charla comparisons!

  5. I love Charla and all her dupes.. I have the Orly version, Halley's Comet, and I adore it because the brush is so nice and easy to work with.

  6. oh do you want some Joe polishes i have a huge display and i could get you a few if you just ask!!

  7. Thank you for your informative posts, I love them too, and like Karen said above me, maybe you could have splitted this one in two : one post for the swatches and another one for the dupes, but this is only me :)
    I own the Essence Choose Me and it's a little treasure ;)

  8. niice comparison of the last two!! wow i really love the purple one!!

  9. Karen- haha No I don't! But maybe it's the blogger in me but when I see dupes of polishes I already have I just want to KNOW if they're the same :).
    Thanks! That's how I felt about this post. I usually have such long ones but I felt for this one- they really didn't go together.

    Mason K- :) Are you from Canada?

    Thanks Lolaa!

    Thanks ladies!

  10. Ya i have a superstore(sporters of joe) and they have a huge display and i got a matte top coat that i love :)

  11. We are in a hunt for a green with gold flakies from Joe Fresh that is coming out with their Spring collection. It is crazy!


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