Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sample Month Day 21: Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me

As promised, here's the dead-on dupe for Deborah Lippmann's Cleopatra In New York.


Lay down a base of any black nail polish. The one I happen to have is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out, which goes for about CAD$2-5 at drugstores. Then layer a glittery gold top coat such as Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me (CAD$12). The glitters are different sizes, just like Cleopatra, so the effect will be completely the same by the end. Forgive the lack of pictures as I'm experiencing some technical difficulties tonight. Once that's sorted, I'll update the post with more pictures to prove this claim.

[Edited to add this link to an ancient post from this blog displaying the effects of Only Gold For Me layered over a dark burgundy shade.]

[Edited to add photo]


I actually prefer using a black polish + Only Gold For Me over Cleopatra because you end up having to lay down a base of black polish before applying Cleopatra for opacity anyway. And of course, the money-saving factor only works if you have a black polish and gold coat to begin with... which I totally did and now makes Cleopatra merely a pretty vanity piece to stand among my Lippmann collection.

All products were purchased by me.

19 comments:

  1. I need more glitter nail polishes in my life... MOAR, I say!

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  2. I actually kind of like the fact that Cleopatra is all in one bottle...also, looking at your photos of Cleopatra, it gives kind of a jelly finish on its own - the glitters overlap with the black base in several coats - that I really sort of like.

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    1. I don't like the jelly finish on black. Black needs to be BLACK for me. I agree about the layers of glitter comment though. There's something flat about one coat of glitter on top.

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  3. I like your version better! I'm like you-black should be black. Plus it's not so glittery too, which this old chick likes! ;)

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    1. Lol, but I think you can rock glitter like nobody's business, Snow Queen!

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  4. Hey Liz -- I'm looking for a good solid black. A one-coater. Is the Sally Hansen Black Out something you'd repurchase?

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    1. No, definitely not. Black Out takes 2 very neat and thick coats or 3 regular coats. I hear the some good ones are: a-England Camelot, Cult Nails Black Out or Nails Inc. Black Taxi. I don't do black nails on its own, so the quality of my choice didn't really matter. It was just cheap and immediately available when I needed it!

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  5. Love the look of Only Gold For Me! I agree that it's prettier than Cleopatra, which has a more jelly look to it. I think buying Only Gold and a black polish separately are a still better value, because you can use Only Gold on top of other shades, and the black for nail art etc etc.

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    1. Good point! I want to put Gold on top of a royal blue/navy shade and see how that turns out. :)

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  6. Yay for dupes! Though I quite enjoy the jelly finish of Cleopatra, I like your combination too. Glitter nails just make me swoon no matter what, haha.

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    1. Gold glitter is especially pretty at this time of year. :) I'm lusting after the gold trio from Sephora x Pantone right now.

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  7. HI Liz, I have Only Gold for Me, and now I can wear it in this fashion and feel secretly happy that I'm wearing a Lippmann dupe :)! I do think that Cleopatra has the slight edge due to the smokiness created by the black jelly + gold combo. Also, I'd love to see your Lippmann collection someday; it would certainly be eye candy, as I don't own any!

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    1. Yay!!! Happy to be of service. :)

      I guess there are ways of being more artful with the polish, though I'm still not convinced that it's as pretty on the nail as it is in the bottle. As for the collection, your suggestion is duly noted for a future post!

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  8. Ummmm.....I still prefer the Lippmann, and I'll tell you why: first of all, there are beneficial ingredients found in the Lippmann that you will not get from either the Sally Hansen or the Sephora by OPI, secondly I actually prefer the look of 'Cleopatra in New York' -- it's WAY more unique than the other combo and has a certain sea-glass like translucency that is just ethereal & beautiful, whereas I find the other combo sort of "been-there-done-that"....but that's just me!

    And with that, your swatches have convinced me that I absolutely need 'Cleopatra in New York'!!!

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    1. I can't say that I really care much about nail polish ingredients very much, though you do make a great point for those who do. :) As to the appearance of the polish, it's a matter of opinion and I still prefer the clean appearance of the separate black + glitter. Still, it's so damn pretty in the bottle that I might be happy to simply stare at it on a glass display somewhere!

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  9. I think the jelly-ish quality of 'Cleopatra' is probably a selling feature to some, but I agree I like the other version better. But, Lippmann polishes are so damn pretty that it's not a complete loss to have it looking beautiful on your vanity, Liz!!

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    1. I gave mine to Denise, lol. It was tempting to keep it just for the pretty bottle, but ultimately, I think I'm going to have to cull my nail polish stash and try to rotate between some favourites like a sensible person. I have literally run out of storage space and am at my wit's end!!

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