Monday, July 5, 2010

New Kids on the Block

In the last few weeks, displays for two new nail polish brands have been showing up at CVS drugstores: Confetti, priced at $1.99 for .37 fl. oz./11 ml, and 10 Professional Nail Lacquer (an unwieldy name, which I shall henceforth shorten to 10 Pro), $3.99 for .5 fl. oz./15 ml. There was a lot of overlap between the colors in the two displays (more on that below). Confetti had more variety—it had bright blues and a green and a few glitters, while the 10 Pro range was a bit more subdued. Both displays touted that they were free from toluene, DBP, and formaldehyde. I have no idea if 10 Pro is related in any way to the old Pro 10 brand that sometimes shows up at Dollar Tree.


10 Pro

I got a couple/few of each to try out and compare to each other and tothings already in my collection. Today I have taupes to share (though the sharing is today, the swatching took place a week ago; comparing these to yesterday's post shows how much my nails grow in a week).

Confetti and 10 Pro

Confetti Moonstruck and 10 Showtime reunited with their sibling, China Glaze Channelesque.

Incidently, 10 Pro appears to be using the same bottle manufacturer as Arissa and Nailtek. I didn't find any bottles in my stash shaped like Confetti, but there are plenty of brands I don't have in my stash.


Arissa Rockin' Amethyst, 10 Showtime, Nailteck Dose-a-Rosa.

Anyway, back to the taupes. Moonstruck and Showtime looked like dupes in the bottle, and they stayed that way on the nail.


Top to bottom: Moonstruck, Showtime, Moonstruck, Showtime.

The biggest difference was Moonstruck took three coats, while Showtime only took two, so if that holds for the other colors as well, Pro 10 provides pretty much the same value per dollar as the lower priced Confetti.

I then bared two of my nails and put China Glaze Channelesque on them (that took three coats; I know lots of people find Channelesque a two-coater, but my bottle takes three—maybe I got one from a thin batch) and couldn't tell the difference. I believe we have not just a dupe for Channelesque here, but two of them.


Top to bottom: Channelesque, Showtime, Moonstruck, Channelesque.

Since Channelsque is getting harder to find (and is not Big 3 free), the Pro 10 is a great alternative (if you live in the land of CVS or know someone who does).


  1. These sold out so fast in my area. I was only able to find one color that I like.

    I haven't had a chance to try it yet thou.

  2. why we don't have these cuties, here?
    and of course I love that taupe shade.

  3. Thank you for showing the colors. Nice post!

  4. Thanks for doing this! I love the colours.

  5. I'm definitely going to check out Confetti when I'm back in the US. Thanks for the pics!

  6. I went to CVS on Friday and picked up 2 of these.

    Great swatching!

  7. What Theallamenta said!
    From the displays it looks like they have some nice colors :)

  8. Oooh I'm a true loser if it comes to taupe colors. They are so beautiful. Absolutely the best fall and winter color :)

  9. I picked up a bunch of these at my CVS too--I was so surprised to see two new brands at the same time. I have a few of those 10 Pros from the dollar store also, they come in the weirdest bottles!

    Pretty swatches, I'm probably going to swatch some of mine soon.


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