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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

L'Oreal Passport to Paradise Summer 2010

L'oreal Passport to Paradise

Product: L'oreal Summer 2010 Nail Collection, Nail Lacquer .4 oz
Price: $4.99/ea
Steph's Rating: 3.8 Kisses
Buy it: Meijer, Walgreens, CVS
Big 3 Free: Yes!

Last week I tweeted about the uncanny resemblance between Essie's North Fork Collection and Loreal's most recent one, Passport to Paradise for summer 2010. After swatching both brands, I was completely convinced that these were indeed the same colors.  Women's Wear Daily sealed the deal this afternoon by announcing L'oreal's big acquisition of Essie Cosmetics. Mystery solved!

Even though we have dupes here, the formula wasn't up to par like Essie's. I found each color to be a little on the thick side, specifically Waters Edge. You can always add a few drops of nail polish thinner to help with the application.

I cannot stress this enough, please DO NOT use nail polish remover as thinner. It can and will destroy your favorite shade.  A few brands I recommend: Seche Restore, Zoya Renew and Beauty Secrets (Sally Beauty). It's frightening to see all the misleading information on the web.

Check out the swatches! 

Loreal Waters Edge Nail Polish

L'oreal Summer Collection

Waters Edge, the problem child of the bunch, a creamy, medium aquamarine. It leans more towards a teal/green. This one was thick, very thick and almost gooey. Now, where did I put that dang polish thinner (not remover)?!   

L'oreal High Tide Nail Polish

Loreal Summer 2010 Collection

High Tide - is a grayed out powder blue with shimmer, very subtle.  

L'oreal Ocean Breeze Nail Polish

Loreal Summer 10 Collection

Ocean Breeze - is a bright sky blue. The formula is thin and a bit jelly-like.

The comparisons pretty much speak for themselves. Check them out!

Essie and Loreal Nail Polish Comparisons

(L-R) Loreal Waters Edge, Essie Greenport and Loreal Ocean Breeze, Essie Shelter Island. 

Loreal and Essie Nail Polish Comparisons

(L-R) Loreal High Tide and Essie Sag Harbor.

Overall, Great Collection. If you missed out on the popular and sold-out North Fork Collection, this is a great opportunity to get your hands on exact dupes. Formula is a little finicky, but not too bad.

Passport to Paradise is now available in stores. What do you guys think? Have you seen the new Loreal's in your area?

(20) Comments

mirta said on Apr 22nd, 2010 2:30 am
this screams the name of the essie north fork collection lol, can't be mistaken about that :)

nihrida said on Apr 22nd, 2010 5:46 am
Gorgeous! All of them!

christy said on Apr 22nd, 2010 6:08 am
those are gorgeous. water's edge is what i wanted hard candy's 'frenzy' to be. i emailed my fred meyers to see when it would be in stock and she said it would be a couple of weeks. i'm psyched about these colors! and i'm really interested to see what colors loreal comes out with after taking over essie! did you get either one of the glosses? this is just beautiful for summer.

aerin34 said on Apr 22nd, 2010 8:01 am
Wow, I had *no* idea they were that close, glad I picked them up at my Rite Aid! Thanks for the tip on the thinner for Water's Edge!

Recessionista said on Apr 22nd, 2010 10:20 am
Yay! I just updated my post to link to this. WOW. They are all exact dupes. How crazy is that? Thank you so much for posting this! PS: Would you say that Waters Edge is a close dupe for For Audrey? I have yet to purchase For Audrey but I'm hoping now that I really don't need to. :)

Steph said on Apr 22nd, 2010 12:51 pm
Hi Recessionista,
Thanks so much for the link doll!! I would say For Audrey is much different. It's more pastel-y (has that milkiness) and bluer. Waters Edge is more of a ocean green/teal. Both colors are really fab, so that's a toughie!

If you don't own any Tiffany Blue polishes (Diamond Cosmetics In a Tiff, Orly Gum Drop, Chanel Nouvelle Vague, Ginger + Liz Boy Toy) it's worth picking up China Glaze For Audrey. It's one of my top faves :)

Suji said on Apr 22nd, 2010 10:49 am
I missed out on the essie collection so I hope I can find these - I really like them! I just hope my local drugstores get it in stock soon.. I'm on the east coast and it seems we are always behind the west when it comes to stocking new seasonal displays!

Steph said on Apr 22nd, 2010 8:31 pm
Hi Suji,
I'm on the east coast too, Cincinnati area, so hopefully your area will stock them soon!!

Jackie S. said on Apr 22nd, 2010 11:35 am
Well the cat's out of the bag now! Now that L'Oreal has bought Essie, I wonder how much they formula will change?

Steph said on Apr 22nd, 2010 8:47 pm
Hi Jackie,
Hopefully not by much..! To my knowledge, Essie Weingarten is on board with L'oreal for years to come!

Sandy said on Apr 22nd, 2010 12:27 pm
After seeing all your swatches, I'll have to go back and pick up Ocean Breeze. Stef - your thoughts - with Loreal taking over Essie, do you think Essie's great formula will change? Some of their reds are one coaters and highly glossed. Thank you.

Steph said on Apr 22nd, 2010 8:40 pm
Ocean Breeze is really pretty, it's a little thin and jelly-ish formula wise - but a great color! Hopefully Essie's formula stays the same and L'oreal gets a better brush! It would be awesome to see some old HTF Essie colors (Dominica Green, Starry Starry Night, Ruby Slippers) from L'oreal in the future.

Polish Earthgirl said on Apr 22nd, 2010 6:54 pm
This collection looks so much like the north fork collection it's crazy! I even noticed it from the promo pics... funny thing :P

Steph said on Apr 22nd, 2010 8:33 pm
Hi Polish Earthgirl,
I know, right...? I thought the same thing too, but didn't expect dead on dupes :)

CJ said on Apr 22nd, 2010 11:20 pm
Wow, the colors are really pretty too. Can't wait to get the L'Oreal polishes :) This company is getting pretty big ...

Tessi said on Apr 24th, 2010 12:58 pm
High Tide is gorgeous! I love the shape of your nails, Steph.

Sanna said on Apr 26th, 2010 10:18 am
Oh my, I want those! Looks almost better than the Essies (yeah, I missed them, meaning didn't get them:/)

KattiePL said on Apr 27th, 2010 3:56 pm
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Stephie said on Apr 28th, 2010 11:53 pm
I love ocean breeze and waters edge! I have to find somewhere that carries them though... =/

Katie said on May 4th, 2010 10:43 am
I checked CVS, Kmart, Walmart, & ShopKo, but these aren\'t in anywhere! I\'m going to buy all 3, but hopefully they show up soon.

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