Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Essie Pink Parka Comparisons

The question came up on one of the nail boards about whether there's a dupe for Essie Pink Parka, which was part of the Fall 2009 Cuddle with Color collection (yep, fall, not summer) and now sells for crazy prices on eBay and Amazon. (The most greedy/optimistic seller I found had it for $99.99, which ... just NO.) Of course I had to see what I could find in my stash and pulled out some possibilities; left to right—Studio M Neon Pink, unnamed Blue Cross glow in the dark pumpkin, Essie Pink Parka (yep, I only got a mini), Finger Paints Warhol Wannabe, Orly Beach Cruiser.



For all the swatches, my index finger (on the left side in photos below) was Pink Parka (3 coats), my middle was the competitor (also 3 coats), my ring was Pink Parka (2 coats) over white, and my pinky was the competitor (2 coats) over white. None have top coat; Pink Parka dries semi-matte. All of the competitors are ones I've bought in the last couple months, except for the pumpkin, which is a seasonal item I expect to see in stores again in the fall.

Here's Studio M Neon Pink getting its turn to line up with Pink Parka (I'm not sure what the Color Club equivalent is for this, though I'm pretty sure there must be one). This one's in the ballpark; two coats of it over white (with a satin top coat if you like that look) would be a good substitute for the Essie, though not a dead on dupe.



The pumpkin's up next. This one's interesting; when compared on its own, the base color looks very similar to Pink Parka, just a bit darker. Over white, it turns into a much cooler-toned pink. The pumpkin does dry satin like the Essie, but it has a slightly gritty texture (I assume from the glow in the dark elements in its mix) so would probably look better with topcoat.



Finger Paints Warhol Wannabe is very similar to the Studio M; layering it over white makes it fairly close to Pink Parka. The Essie is on the chalky side, which I think is why layering over white gives the best results when trying to match it. I wonder if mixing white right into one of these would bring it closer to a dupe.



Orly Beach Cruiser is a bit cooler-toned than the Studio M or the Finger Paints, so that makes it a less close Pink Parka impersonator.



Essie could make so many sales if they'd do a greatest hits collection; until then, it's up to dupe hunters and frankeners to find the next best thing. What discontinued Essie are you wishing they'd bring back?


23 comments:

  1. Thank you for the comparison post!! I missed the Pink Parka boat, wish they would bring it back!

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  2. Whaaaat!? 99 dollars for a polish? Ha, I mean... I'm actually speechless. I didn't even know there was so much fuss about pink parka ;)

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  3. When I started reading blogs and saw so many girls with Pink Parka, I really wanted something similar. I ended up getting Orly "Oh Cabana Boy", and I have no idea how similar it is, but it satisfied my bright hot pink want.

    Also just wanted to say how much I love your site! I especially love your labels...I wish all bloggers would do a better job with this.

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  4. Great comparison post! I think Studio M Neon Pink is pretty close to Pink Parka.

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  5. Great comparisons! Thank you! I've been wanting Punchy Pink lately but oh well.

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  6. Pink Parka is one of my lemmings! I know its a pretty basic pink buutttt I just cn't help it, the sad thig is, that if it wasn't hard to find I probaly wouldn;t want it so badly. lol Thanks for the comparision.

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  7. China Glaze Shocking Pink is quite similar. I have both and should probably swatch and see. But in the bottle, they are very close:) Thanks for this comparison!

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  8. I like the pumpkin one. I'd buy it for the bottle alone! :)

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  9. Pink Parka is a coveted polish?
    WHAT?
    It's a neon nightmare. Well, mine was. Bizarre.

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  10. Thanks for the comparison! Pretty pinks.

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  11. It's a pretty nice polish but no way I would pay over the top for it!

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  12. Crazy! I have that one - love it - but didn't know it was so sought after.

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  13. They are very close - but not quite. I'm not lemming any old Essie, haven't been back into polish long enough, bit most companies would do great with a greatest hits coll. I would love to see one from China Glaze!

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  14. I seen Pink Parka a few months ago; in fact, bought one for a gal as as a w/l extra for a swap we did...unfortunately, the place I got it now only sells to professionals...I did try to go there for gals who were wanting PP but they wouldn't let me past the front door. I don't understand this at all. *sigh*

    Can't really say I'm looking for any old Essie's...none I can think of off the top of my head. Oh, maybe Viva La Vespa...but can probably live without it too. Probably no choice but to live without it as I'm sure its as HTF as PP....or more....

    I'm loving Beach Cruiser myself personally this summer...DD has it on her fingers and toes right now! Pretty and bright enough without having to spend crazy ebay prices!

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  15. Great post!! I love comparison posts because I always see somthing and want to go back to buy it then can never find it lol!!

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  16. I can't seem to get into Essie. There hasn't been a shade yet that has called to me but I hear really good things about the brand!! Orly Beach Cruiser is my favorite pink right now!!

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  17. Yes I agree that they should put out a greatest hits collection!! I love your comparisons

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  18. Love it. one of my favorite polishes. i heard China Glaze Shocking Pink was pretty darn close to Pink Parka

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  19. I love this comparisons post! :( I really wish they would bring this back

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  20. Yay a comparison of pinks. Just say no! HAHA! Am told there is Essie Starry Starry Night trying to be sold for $200! Are people really that stupid to think we will pay that??????

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