Nail Polish Comparison | Chanel vs Sinful Colors | A Tale of Two Charcoal Grays

nail polish comparison, Chanel vs Sinful Colors

A few months ago I picked up this charcoal gray nail polish color by Sinful Colors at the drugstore, actually named “Ardoise {Night Magic} 1037″ and then a few weeks later as part of a Chanel gift set, received the Chanel nail lacquer, ironically named “Vertigo”. And when I looked at them separately I thought they were exactly the same shade of charcoal gray. But when I held them next to each other I realized the Sinful Color gray had more blue tones in it and the Chanel polish had more of a reddish hue, making it appear sort of taupey when held next to the bluer shade.

So considering the vast price difference between the two, the Chanel $27 and the Sinful Colors $1.99, I thought I’d test them out and do a full nail polish comparison.

nail polish comparison, Chanel vs Sinful Colors

I painted every other nail in one color or the other. My thumb, middle, & pinky fingers were painted with the Sinful Color. My first and ring fingers got the Chanel.

I applied two coats of each color and NO top coat. When I showed my husband, he couldn’t tell that I was wearing two different colors until I pointed out the difference. As you can see, some of the photos highlight the color differences, and others not so much.

In person, you wouldn’t notice at all that I was wearing two different colors.

nail polish comparison, Chanel vs Sinful Colors

If I had applied a top coat, they would have had a much nicer gloss to them, but I really wanted to test them both out without the extra help of a top coat.

These photos are from Day 1.

nail polish comparison, Chanel vs Sinful Colors

Three days later, and remember, with no top coat, I began seeing chips in the Chanel lacquered fingers first.

nail polish comparison, Chanel vs Sinful Colors

I’m still wearing it today, about 5 days later, and while every one of my Chanel coated nails are chipped to the point of removal, the nails painted with the Sinful Colors polish are just barely showing the tips of my natural nails at the edges, which is barely noticeable.

So while I am A HUGE FAN OF ALL THINGS CHANEL, in this challenge, I’d say the Sinful Colors polish for $1.99 beat the Chanel lacquer $27 BY A LANDSLIDE.

nail polish comparison, Chanel vs Sinful Colors

What do you think?

Fork over the $27 for the Chanel or save $25 and opt for the Sinful Colors polish?

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9 Comments

  • Budget Splurge Beauty

    July 26, 2013 | Reply

    Love this side by side comparison! Especially the fact that you addressed not only the color but the wear & tear!

  • Lorena

    July 26, 2013 | Reply

    Wow – i guess this only confirms what we already know… a good name brand does guarantee better quality.

  • kelly thompson

    July 26, 2013 | Reply

    wow- very interesting- I would never spend that much anyway on a polish but now I feel like i am not missing out on anything

  • Anonymous

    July 26, 2013 | Reply

    I’m off to the drugstore to buy the Sinful! Thanks for the alert!

  • Life's a shoe

    July 27, 2013 | Reply

    whoaaaa…cant believe this, ofcourse i would rather save the 25 dollars! loving this charcoal gray color!

  • Bree

    July 27, 2013 | Reply

    This is why I never feel the pressure to buy the expensive stuff! I actually love Forever 21 brand $3.80 a bottle and NYC for $1.99 a bottle. They both can stay on so long without chipping!

  • ma

    July 27, 2013 | Reply

    Great comparison! I will certainly pass this on to my nail polish loving GF’s. I still love the OPI nail polish colors and will probably stick with those.

  • Anonymous

    July 27, 2013 | Reply

    I owned a few Chanel polishes and they all landed on ebay. Every 3 euro drugstore nailpolish in any country is better than Chanel. Beautifoul, unique colours, but they chipped immedately after drying. I also own lot of Dior polishes and one YSL- quality of those is very good. Price-performance ratio of Chanel polishes is ashamed.
    Greets from Germany :)

  • Sonya Ali

    July 29, 2013 | Reply

    Lovely post! The colors are absolutely lovely!

    xx

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