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Sunday, March 3, 2013
Revlon's Whimsical Manicure
Revlon's Whimsical Over Julep's Piper
Revlon's nail enamel called Whimsical is a duplicate for Deborah Lippmann's Glitter in the Air and is much less expensive! I bought it for only $3.49 at drugstore.com with a coupon they posted on Facebook, plus 8% cash back from Mr. Rebates. It retails for $4.99, while Deborah Lippmann's polish retails for $19.00! What a savings! I used one coat of Julep's Piper (light teal blue color) first, then four coats of Whimsical for the look above. Of course, I also used Manicure Keeper by Orly as a base and Seche Vite as a top coat to maintain the manicure for at least a week without chips. Whimsical is a blue jelly base with copper and blue circular glitter in two sizes: very small and medium. If I had to do it over I would use a more opaque blue base color such as Sephora by OPI's Betsey Johnson Cartwheels on the Catwalk. While Julep's Piper looked best on the faux nail swatch I did, on my own real nails the white tips were showing through Whimsical just a bit. If you don't use a base color other than Whimsical, it will be sheer and not as dark a blue color as it is in the bottle. The glitter was a bit challenging to make sure it covered the entire nail. If you notice my middle finger above needs more glitter near the cuticle. After four coats, that shouldn't have been an issue, but it was. The tiny glitter shows up mostly when you move the nail and it reflects the light. The glitter lays flat and feels smooth. I suggest letting the glitter stop moving which takes at least five minutes before you put your top coat over it. You need to let the blue base color float under the glitter, so the glitter can rise to the top. So there you have it, my latest manicure, do you like it? Do you know of any other inexpensive duplicates for expensive polishes? I have one other duplicate that I have featured on this blog: Chanel Peridot.