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Saturday, 16 November 2013

nail focus: not quite utopia

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Models Own Utopia
2 True Nail Polish in Shade 14*, Rimmel Mary Mary Quite Contray & Barry M MAtte Nail Polish in Vanilla

This definitely won't be the first or the last time I bang on about how much I love Models Own Utopia. It's my all time favourite nail polish, although I cant quite put my finger on why I love this pale just off white lilac so much. Utopia is great for layering with glitters as it's really pale and compliments lots of different ones. My personal favourite blend is when it's layered under OPI Rainbow Connection. When worn alone it looks sleek, sophisticated and chic. Due to it's neutral tone it goes with every outfit and is an all round flattering shade. I'm going to be talking about few shades of nail polishes in that purple/lilac/white spectrum. While Models Own isn't very expensive or hard to get hold of, I know what us beauty junkies are like and are constantly on the hunt for dupes and alternatives to buzzed about products.

2 True Nail Polish in Shade 14 is very similar in tone, but a little bit more purple than off white compared with Models Own Utopia. It's a little more peppy and brighter but still in the same shade range. The formula is fine, not the best or the worst polish I've ever had the pleasure of using. Considering it's small £1.99 price tag I shouldn't really complain! I've also pulled Rimmel 60 Second Nail polish in Mary Mary Quite Contrary, which I found to be the closest dupe from this edit. It's a little more purple toned than MO Utopia. I love formula, brush and drying time the 60 second nail polishes, and they are great for quick mani's on the go. Then I picked out Barry M Matte Nail Polish in Vanilla is a little murkier, browner and less white, more of a subtle grey lilac. As a little twist (as the name suggests) is has a matte formula. I think this gives the polish a real edge that makes the shade stand out from the crowd. I'd refer to this nail polish as a wintery version of Models Own Utopia.

While none of these Utopia Dupes are quite as perfect as the original, they are similar and have their own pro's and con's. All are beautiful in their own rights. I've repurchased Utopia so many times, but I'm always drawn to polishes that look similar to it. Call my crazy, but I just cant get enough of it!

Have you tried Models Own Utopia?

22 comments

  1. Such a lovely color of the models own one! A had a similar one from essie but it chipped all the time, and I stopped using it. Does this one stay on your nails for a long time?
    Thanks
    Alisa

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  2. The one by Barry M looks very nice ^^

    Greetings from Barcelona! | nerweenmakeupbag

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  3. The Barry m one is singing to me!
    Sophie
    X

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  4. you've got me hooked on utopia, don't know if i can wait until christmas to get it!

    love Katy @ THE RAWRDROBE

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  5. wow it's a beautiful colour now i know what I'm gonna get next! :)
    did you already try the scented nail polish from models own? if so what do you think about it? :)

    x Ann-Kathrin
    http://annxkathrin.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Wearing it right now, I hadn't touched it since buying months ago since I'm not a 'neutrals' kind of person at all, but I love it! It's definitely not your typical neutral and such a pretty not-beige/not-lilac wonderfully interesting kind of colour.

    http://beckyalyssasbeautybox.wordpress.com

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  7. Love the look of these, especially Mary Mary Quite Contrary.
    Rimmel 60 Seconds have been my favourite nail polishes since they first came out, and they're always the brand I go to when I'm looking for a new shade.

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  8. I bought the Rimmel one in the exact same color last year & I'm still a huge fan of it! So pretty with my ghostly bright skin :)

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  9. I've never tried a nails own polish but utopia does look so pretty I get why you like it so much Lily, I want to try vanilla as well now xx Emmi

    http://emmihearts.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. I really need to pick up Utopia! x

    http://moiraparton.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. I really love the Barry M matte polishes and this shade looks so pretty
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Love all of them!

    www.georginaclare.com
    .Georgina Clare.

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  13. all three are lovely colours! I love mauvey/lilac polishes x

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  14. Utopia was the first models own polish I bought and now the one I wear most often, it's gorgeous under northern lights too on an accent nail :)

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  15. The colours are gorgeous, I love pale nails!

    Holly xxx
    www.alongcamehollyblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Lovely colors! They all look so dreamy and soft to me :)

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  17. I love your blog! Have you written one about 8-free nail polish?

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  18. Utopia is one of my favourite polishes, although I might give the 2true one a go ...

    Naomi from NaomiGabriella

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  19. I love pale lilac nail polishes as well! They seem to be a lot more flattering on skin tones compared to pale mint nail polishes :<

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