I was ordering some things from Nordstrom the other week and got seduced by Deborah Lippmann once again. This time it was the Magnet Appeal set, which was described as having "...three exclusive shades each packaged in a miniature replica of our signature nail lacquer bottle." Mini magnetics? I wanted that, for sure.
It arrived, and the bottles sure were cute, but I was immediately suspicious about the exclusivity of these shades, since the magnet looked just like the Sally Hansen ones. Same size, same wave design around the outside, same lip. I don't even know which is which in the photo below.
Further evidence that the magnet at least was not exclusive is the way it fit, or rather failed to fit, on the bottles (one magnet came with the set of three bottles).
The polish colors looked familiar to me, too—so familar that I skipped straight to doing comparisons of two of the colors. (I would have done all three but I was too annoyed to do them one at a time and lacked the six fingers on one hand I'd need to do all three comps at once.) In the bottle, things looked suspicious. Left to right: Claire's Magnetix Dark Pink, Deborah Lippmann Punk Princess, Deborah Lippmann Hard Knock Life, Sally Hansen Magentic Graphite Gravity.
Here they are on the nail, in the same order.
A closer look—Claire's on top, Lippmann below:
Lippmann on top, Sally Hansen below:
Looks to me like I paid $29 for polish I already had. Oops. At least I got some cute bottles and a blog post out of the deal, right? I suppose the blue one in the trio that I haven't swatched yet could be unique, but I'm not very hopeful at this point.