Let’s take a look at bottles first. At first glance we’re looking at two completely different shades. But the difference gets a lot smaller after we apply the polishes.
I used 2 layers + top coat.
I didn’t particularly like any of the shades in the sun. The brownish color in the base becomes more visible and I simply do not like the combination of brownish base and violet shimmer. But you can see that polishes look more alike than they do in the bottle.
First thing I noticed when I looked at the manicure in the sunshine was that Hypnotic has more visible shimmer.
Polishes look similar under the artificial light too. The biggest difference is in the undertone – Dusky Mauve has warm and Hypnotic cool one. And if shimmer is more visible in Hypnotic in the sun, in lightbox violet tone is more defined in Dusky Mauve.
Conclusion: polishes do look a lot alike, but they’re not dupes. Shimmer undertone is completely opposite so Hypnotic is more appropriate for those that wish to have cooler shade and Dusky Mauve for those with warm shimmer preference.
Difference in price is also substantially: Dusky Mauve costs 4,5 EUR (10ml) while you’ll have to pay 10 EUR (10ml) for Hypnotic.
Which one would you choose?
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