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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Put Up Your Dupes - Sally Hansen Silver Sweep vs Essie No Place Like Chrome


      About a month ago I did a post comparing how 4 silver nail polishes worked for stamping. While doing that post I discovered 2 sets of dupes. The first set I've already posted about: Zoya Trixie and Sally Hansen Celeb City. Now it's time to see if Sally Hansen Silver Sweep and Essie No Place like Chrome are true dupes too. 


     Looking at these two in the bottle they look very close but seem to have a slightly different finish. Silver Sweep seems to have more shimmer, but does that transfer over to the nail?

2 coats no top coat

     In fact it does! While both polishes are completely smooth to the touch No Place like Chrome has a smoother look to it. However the color itself is exactly the same. And these are so close that looking at them I thought they were 100% dupes. I only noticed the differences when editing my photos. 

     Both polishes are extremely opaque on the first coat and work great for stamping. No Place like Chrome did give me some slight dragging during application and having less shimmer shows more of those pesky brush strokes. Another downfall of the smooth finish in No Place like Chrome is that it is extremely unforgiving when it comes to imperfections on the nail. 

2 coats plus top coat

     The addition of top coat made the faint brush strokes in Silver Sweep pretty much disappear, while you can still see some in No Place like Chrome.  Just how close are these two if they aren't 100% dupes? Let's see if a macro shot can help us out...


     When we look this close the differences are impossible to miss. So sadly while these 2 are very similar they are not dupes. Do you need both? Probably not, but which one do you choose? 

     I would have to say that Silver Sweep just edges out No Place like Chrome for me. I tend to suffer from ridges in my nails and I like that Silver Sweep disguises them more than No Place like Chrome. And then of course we have those brush strokes, Silver Sweep wins in that category for me as well. I do like both colors though and to be honest, glad to have them both in my collection. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!





43 comments :

  1. Nice to see them cpmared against each other!

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  2. I think I have the Essie one, but I feel like I need the Sally Hansen one now. I love your comparisons!

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  3. Silver Sweep takes the win for me. The cost puts it far ahead.

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  4. I don't have either of these, but if I were picking one of them up, I'd get Silver Sweep!

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  5. ValiantlyVarnishedJuly 15, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    I love the Essie metallics! They stamp really well too!

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  6. I have ridges too so chromes are always a difficult formula for me.

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  7. Thanks for the comparison - these are really helpful!

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  8. I love these comparison posts! I really need to pick up a new silver polish like this, because my only one is buried somewhere in a pile of polish that I can't get to at the moment. So, great timing haha! I'd probably pick up Silver Sweep, because it looks less brush-strokey.

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  9. These 2 both look great, I'd follow your recommendation and go for Silver Sweep :) They look so great for stamping!

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  10. Yay comparison posts! I think i like the essie one more

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  11. Naked Without PolishJuly 16, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    I'm digging Silver Sweep! It has that little something extra.

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  12. Though both shades are similar, i would wanna pick up Sally Hansen over Essie. Because i like their formula.

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  13. I'd say it's a metallic vs a mirror, the Essie being smoother if that makes sense. I kinda hate metallics overall but I do love mirrors for stamping so my choice is Essie which in fact I do own!

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  14. Very informative :) My pick would be the Essie, despite its nuisances, it's just so pretty <3

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  15. PhD in Nail PolishJuly 16, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Ooh, that macro really does show their differences! Did you find either was better for stamping?

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  16. These are super close! I honestly doubt most people would look so closely to see the differences.

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  17. They look close, but you can definitely tell a difference. I would prefer the Essie because the smoother they are, the better they stamp in my experience (and that's what I use chromes for mostly). Great comparison!

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  18. Ouu that macro really shows the difference! Wow. Great post. :)

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  19. I'm 99% Sally and 1% Essie. Sometimes I'm just in the mood for the smoother finish.

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  20. I had to worst time trying to hide the ridges and then I discovered Simply Smooth base coat. It's a life saver when it come to chrome and matte finishes.

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  21. Thank you! That means a lot coming from a blogger that I highly respect.

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  22. I was convinced they were dupes until I looked at my photos.

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  23. Oh I never mentioned the cost, but your right. Sally Hansen is typically a more budget friendly brand.

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  24. I went through a silver polish phase and ended up with quite a few in my collection. In fact I may have found an actual dupe for silver sweep after completing this post. I just have to test it out to make sure.

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  25. I have the entire collection but have only used 3 to stamp with but I love they way they work for it.

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  26. I was the same way until I discovered Simply Smooth base coat. It's a miracle worker for ridges and only $5 a bottle.

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  27. I love it when I have great timing!

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  28. They both were great when it came to stamping.

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  29. I love comparison posts! Even though I feel slightly jyped when I find a dupe in my collection.

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  30. that little bit of shimmer sure made a big difference.

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  31. Essie's for me seem to be hit and miss with the formula. I dont think I've run into a bad formula yet from Sally.

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  32. I would agree with that statement, especially with how different they look in my photos. I didn't notice quite the amount of difference just looking at my nails. Which was kind of funny when I went to edit the photos. I was like woah these are way different than I originally thought. I even had to go back and change my notes. Metallics are hit and miss with me. It all depends on the formula.

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  33. Thanks. I actually love both these polishes.

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  34. They both actually stamped equally well. I actually discovered the possible dupe when I did my silver polish stamping comparison. There is a link to it at the top of this post if you want to check it out. =)

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  35. I honestly didn't notice the differences when looking at them on the nail they are so close. I was convinced they were dupes until I started editing my photos.

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  36. Thank you. Both of these actually worked great for stamping, but you're right the smoother the polish the better it stamps.

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  37. It is! I would wear it more if my nails were smoother.

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