Biba asked me to do a comparison between Galaxy Girl and hers S-he 434. Sadly, I don't have that number, but it looks pretty damn awesome. Since I'm planning to do three, maybe even four comparisons in near future, I'm super excited about it and am cursing this awful weather that we have! Still, today it seemed like it's bright enough for the comparison and here it is. The post will be really loaded with pictures, since I wanted to capture the differences between the polishes the best that I could. Pictures are klickable and large, so you can see the colours better.
Let's start with the bottles. First, on top is taken outside, and, they don't look much alike, do they?
The both outside close-up show the idea was similar in the making. They both have blue glitter inside, on a dark red/purple base, although Orly's glitter is larger and intenser blue, S-he looks more like a softer shade of shimmer. S-he also doesn't have the duo-chrome effect, obvious from the Orly bottle. Still, same idea, just different (but important, I know) details.
One coat of both, under strong light, blurry, I know, I apologize. :( It's already very obvious S-he has more purple base, and is better pigmented. Here I'm already falling in love with S-he.
This is two coats, under strong light. As you can see, S-he is good to go, while Orly really totally needs another coat. I did a thicker coat on my second finger, but the right, "thin" coat is on my ring finger, and it's really yucky. I have no bloody idea, why my camera created the smudge on my middle finger, it was not there, I swear!
I took the two coats outside for some fresh air and here it's very obvious S-he is a two coater while Orly needs a third one. The glitter difference is already showing up nicely. And I'm SO sorry about the stain on my ring finger, I hate it, but this is the picture that came out best with two coats outside. I fixed my little finger before doing three coats.
All of these shown next are three coats of both polishes, I wanted same number of coats, although S-he, as said before, didn't need the third one. The extras on these pictures are raindrops, as it started to rain while swatching. They did not get paid.
This one, I think, shows the most the differences in glitter and base colour. While Orly is really glittery and duochrome in bright blue and purple on kinda wine-red base, S-he has soft blusih-silverish shimmer on dark purple base.
Again, the best close up on best lighting, I think the diference in intensty of glitter is very obvious.
Same finger-order, I just didn't write it down, you know the difference now already. ;)
And one with flash, to maximaze the glitter/shimmer difference.
Saved the best for last. I think this one shows the two nail polishes the best, that's why I cropped it to two nails.
Ok, I hope that it wasn't too many pictures. I wanted to capture both polishes in every light I could find in this rainy weather.
For me, S-he is an absolute winner. It's a two-coater and the colour is AMAZING!!! Dark purple, with soft, but generous shimmer, it looks amazing on the nails!! I absolutely love it! The brush is the same as with every S-he, I never have problems with their brush. Polish is good, smooth, not runny, not thick, the application was great.
Orly is a three coater and I don't like the colour, as I already told you in my previous swatching of it. :) Bursh is great, I also had no problem with application, the polish itself is good, just as S-he is.
Drying time on both is pretty much the same. When I tried them, they were both already dry, and it didn't take long. In removing S-he wins, because the glitter is not as big as with Orly, but that's not something to really complain/brag about, when you have glitter, it's a PITA to remove, fact.
So, they are definitively not dupes, but for my taste, S-he looks tons better. If you like Galaxy girl, S-he's not the substitute for it, but is similar, in a way. And in my opinion, improved. ;)
Biba, I hope you're satisfied with the comparison. I'm sorry for no sun pictures. :( If you'd like them, there is no problem in waiting for the sun (or my personal light box, that I just have to build now with this rainy days) and doing the comparison again. Thanks for the opportunity & hope this helps!
Thanks for reading, y'all!