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Hey guys, if you’re into Asian nail polish here’s a fun post today! I happen to be pretty thrilled by the emerald trend hitting makeup and fashion this year. Coincidentally, a while back I fell in love with Majolica Majorca’s #GR222 “Sudden Impulse” (also seen in my New Year’s post), which is kind of a turquoise mixed with emerald green, and I wore it on my birthday (September 16).
 

Image is a photo of majolica majorca nail polish in shade gr222 sudden impulse worn on nails and also shown in the bottle. It is a bluish green, a turquoise and emerald mix.
 
Majolica Majorca #GR222 “Sudden Impulse”, a smooth translucent jelly polish.

 
 

So you can imagine my excitement when my new Skinfood Nail Vita BR514 came. It looked like the same color as my lovely birthday nails!! I had to try it out as soon as possible. They’re almost a true dupe, so I’ll be sure to talk about any differences I found.
 

First, the BIGGEST: Majolica Majorca GR222 is a JELLY polish. A splendid one, but indeed one coat will barely color you, and I think for this photo I had about 3 coats. Skinfood Nail Vita BR514 is a SUPER thick formula, one coat will do it. SO THICK it’s almost annoying, but for an inexpensive polish it’s not a bad deal. It settles and dries cleanly without any issues, thankfully.
 

Image is a photo of skinfood nail vita in shade bl514 worn on nails and also shown in the bottle. It's almost identical to the Majolica Majorca color, except that it is opaque, unlike translucent Majolica majorca.
 
Skinfood Nail Vita BL514, a thick, opaque normal polish.

 
 

Besides the opacity, these really are THE SAME COLOR, and if you apply enough coats of the MM polish it’s more obvious that they are. For price, the MM is more expensive (I paid $6.99, free shipping), as makeup in Japan can get pricey. Also, Japanese makeup is usually smaller in portion. The Skinfood polish is a better price (I paid about $3 with shipping), and a larger amount, but of the two I certainly prefer the jelly finish of the MM, and it’s my favorite of the two.
 

Image is a photo of the skinfood nail vita bl514 and majolica majorca gr222 polish shown in the bottles. The MM bottle is smaller by about half, and decorated in princess style, while the skinfood bottle is smooth and simple with a brown label. The colors are nearly identical, but for their difference in opacity.
 
You can see how much smaller the Majolica Majorca polish is compared to standard size.
Can you spot the difference?

 
 

Which one would you prefer?
 
Have you tried either polish?
 

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16 Responses to “Majolica Majorca GR222 and Skinfood Nail Vita BL514: DUPE ALERT”

  1. Natasha Says:

    Gorgeous color! I’m always stunned by the prices of teeny tiny nail polish bottles at the Japanese grocery store. But they sure are pretty. Didn’t even know Skinfood did polishes, too! I’d choose the Skinfood polish b/c I can sit still long enough for 3 coats of polish to dry…one is bad enough!

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    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    Natasha,

    I know what you mean, Japanese makeup is expensive and tiny as well (:

    Skinfood does EVERYTHING lol. It’ so much more $$$$ outside of Korea it’s unreal *sadface*. I’ll keep buying and reviewing tho, as their colors seem to suit me well ^_^

    I get a lot of downtime, so I can sit and watch paint dry, nail polish seems to be the only time that’s an advantage, haha.

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  2. Sam Bear | A Curiosity Says:

    Is it just me or do they look almost identical to “Slapper” from Butter London? I did a post about that colour on my blog here and you can take a look at the picture! http://samthebear.com/blog/2012/11/28/microbead-mani/
    (slapper is the greeny/blue colour)

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    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    Sam Bear,

    They do look close! Slapper seems like it’s maybe a litttttle bit greener (even more on-trend?). Thanks for sharing your blog ^_^ Nice to meet you!

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  3. Bethany Says:

    I think I’d probably go with the Skinfood one, because I prefer polishes that run a little thicker. Then again, I keep hearing these rumours about an ingredient in their nail polishes being more dangerous than other brands? >.> Although, I guess they would have had to withdraw those, if that was the case.

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    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    Bethany,

    I think there are a lot of scary chemicals in nail polishes! Overall though, the concentrations we use make them totally different because they amount is so small. Low concentrations do not pose a risk, so after reading a lot about that I never worry about it. Of course if my hands or fingers became itchy or red I’d look into it closer, and some people may have problems. We should all make the choices that are best for us ^_^

    In general, with approved cosmetic ingredients they will irritate a few, cause allergic reactions in a few, and be safe for nearly everyone. Even botanicals and natural ingredients are not exempt from this, so some of them must be avoided by certain individuals! So knowing that, I try not to live in fear and just be attentive about the facts and consider my experience too.

    That said, my use of the Skinfood nail polish was favorable ^_^

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  4. Yuna Says:

    The color is really pretty! I’ve always wanted to try Skinfood nail polishes and the prices are great.

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    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    Yuna,

    Aren’t they so cheap!? I was so impressed, I should have bought even more ^_^ If you can find good Skinfood prices online they’re a great steal imho

    If you try any I’d love to see what you think!

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  5. Eva Says:

    I nominated you for the Versatile blogger award! http://bunnykisskawaii.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/the-versatile-blogger-award.html

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    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    Thank you Eva! I’m so honored and grateful that you would nominate me ^_^ I’m so backlogged I’m not sure I’ll be able to participate >:

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  6. Lys Says:

    This color is so nice!

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    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    Lys,

    Isn’t it? I love it too! And I think now that I have two ways to wear it it’ll be a good color for spring (:

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  7. Eugenia Says:

    this is so my color, I have at least 3 polish in a similar color …
    always wanted to try the Skinfood polish, I’ll have to buy some soon.
    =)

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    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    Eugenia,

    I’m like you, with my fave colors I tend to buy many similar bottles and I have to stop myself from buying it in every brand, lol.

    Skinfood polish is very cheap, which is awesome because I hate to spend a lot when I don’t have to (:

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  8. Chloe Says:

    omg this color is so pretty! i love majolica majorca nail polishes and its packaging! might have to pick one up of these if i see it in HK next time i’m there :3

    à la foliee

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    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    Chloe,

    I love MM too! I now have three and they’re all very good. Great cute trendy shades as well.

    If you go to HK I bet that would be nail polish heaven, MM, PA, etc! Must be easier to get Japanese and Korean polishes that way (: Extra suitcase, right? Hehe.

    ^_^

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Dated: 9th March 2013
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