The mighty quest for epic dupes: YSL Peace Green comparison to other nail polishes

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

Hi beauties,

I think it is always fascinating when you come across a nail polish that is so unique that there are no dupes available. I think that YSL Peach Green is a nail polish like that, at least I am not aware of any dupes to it: It has a nice green/blue pastel base with some very visible iridescent pink shimmer, and this is all in one polish! Google-ing has not brought up any useful dupes at all, but I found a few blogs that tried to combine a similar base colour with some pink shimmer.

So I went through my stash and collected all the closest pastel green/blue polishes, along with all the pink shimmer toppers that I own. Maybe this comparison will help you a little, especially if you were wondering whether a certain polish/topper is close to Peace Green or not. Spoiler alert: I did not find a perfect combination in my stash, but I encourage you to try some combinations for yourself – you might end up with a great manicure that you enjoy, even though it might not be 100% the same as wearing Peace Green.

Here are the base colours I tried:

  • China Glaze – Keep calm, paint on
  • P2 – 590 who cares?
  • Susie N.Y. – 46
  • Glam Nails – 95 Opal
  • Kiko – 389
  • Catrice – 240 Sold Out For Ever
  • Catherine – 249
  • Manhattan – 08M

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

And here is a list of other nail polishes that might have the same base colour as Peace Green, but I don’t own them myself, so I can’t compare:

  • RdL Young – Mint, Myself and I
  • China Glaze – Re-fresh Mint
  • Essie – Mint Candy Apple
  • Illamasqua – Milf
  • Revlon – Minted

And here are the pink toppers that I tried:

  • Basic – No Name
  • Models Own – Indian Ocean
  • Essence – 01 Feels so good
  • OPI – Movin’ Out

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

One of the colours that first came to mind when I thought about dupes for the base colour of Peace Green was Chanel Jade or its cheap dupe, Catrice Sold Out For Ever. The base colour is not even close though, Chanel Jade/Catrice SOFE is much greener and slightly darker. Also, it is missing the pink shimmer of course. See comparison below, which also shows that Catherine 249 is greener, lighter and more yellow than the base of Peace Green:

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

I think we don’t have to mention Manhattan 08M as this is much too dark and too green/grey. (See below). But look at China Glaze – Keep Calm, Paint On! The base of China Glaze appears to be a little paler with less blue undertones. But this one came really close and I love that it also has a shimmer of its own, even though it is not a pink one!

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

Two more close candidates were Susie N.Y. 46 as well as p2 Who Cares, see below. The Susie nail polish was a gift from Tokyo and p2 is a german local cheap drugstore brand. Both shades are a little more blue than Peace Green but look pretty close.

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

The last two nail polishes that made it on the comparison list are Glam Nails Opal and Kiko 389. Opal has a beautiful blue shimmer itself, apart from that it might be a little too pale. Kiko on the other hand is much too vibrant and blue, see below.

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

Okay so my three favourites when it comes to the base colour of Peace Green are:

  • China Glaze – Keep Calm, Paint On
  • p2 – Who Cares
  • Susie N.Y. – 46

Now to the shimmers on top! First of all, the shimmer I had high expectations about, OPI Movin’ Out, was way too dark and changed the base colour too much. So that one is not an option. It looks good over all kinds of base colours, but a light pale green/blue is not a great match (see below – China Glaze as the base and one coat of OPI Movin’ Out on top). A pink shimmer top coat that really did it for me was from Basic (No Name). Sadly, it is from a drugstore that is no longer (Schlecker) so it is discontinued. But it is the perfect shimmer consistency, very subtle, not changing the base colour, and very tiny shimmer particles. The shimmer is a little cooler-toned than the one of Peace Green, and more purple/blue, but I love the combination of China Glaze and the Basic shimmer top coat a lot. See below:

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

I liked this noname Basic shimmer top coat so much that I decided to put it over P2 and Susie N.Y. as well. It makes both base polishes look a lot like YSL Peace Green. See below for an overview. You can also see here that Models Own Indian Ocean and Essence Feels so Good are stunning shimmers but their particles are much bigger than the glow-y sheen of Peace Green.

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

So, my favourite shimmer top coat is hands down the basic no name. I applied it over my three favourite base colours on my nails below, and on my ring finger is Peace Green for comparison. You can see that the shimmer of Peace Green is much warmer than the basic top coat.

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

YSL Peace Green Dupe Comparison

I hope this comparison was helpful for you! It certainly was a lot of fun for me – even though I couldn’t find a 100% match, I found a lot of beautiful combinations! For example, I love Models Own Indian Ocean over a pale green base, absolutely beautiful! I recommend experimenting for yourself!

Have you got any suggestions for dupes to Peace Green? I’d love to hear! Just leave a comment below ❤

Happy Sunday everyone!


It looks like some indie brands have accepted the challenge to dupe this beauty and came pretty close! Check out

Ever After Polish – 2 Peace in a Pod
CbL – Rendered Speechless
ILNP – Valentina


Manhattan Bonnie Strange Collection: The Wow-Show! (006)

Hey beauties!

I survived the heat wave that invaded Europe last week! Phew… And now the weather decided to be very cool, which I like, and which made me crave for a darker colour. Actually, I wanted to show this colour for “Lacke in Farbe und bunt” when the colour of the week was Aubergine but I simply couldn’t fit that anywhere in my schedule. But I had already picked out the bottle and there it was, lonely on my desk, so I decided to put it out of its misery and put it on my nails anyways. And I must say, I didn’t regret it! Also, I recently found out about another blog challenge by Ina and Penguin Lacquer, and the theme is “Schwarz ist nicht gleich schwarz” (“SINGS”) which basically encourages you to show dark colours that aren’t really “only” black.

The Wow-Show (006) is a nail polish from the limited Bonnie Strange Collection by Manhattan that came out back in September 2013. I really liked this collection when it came out, some of the colours were really unique and the quality is also great! The Wow-Show can be described as a very dark aubergine/purple base filled with iridecent gold to orange to green glassfleck glitter particles. So pretty!

The application was good, only two coats were needed for opacity. This colour does not dry super-shiny because of the glitter it contains, so you might want to add a topcoat for ultimate shine. I used one coat of Seche Vite on top. I wore this for 2 days but it could easily have stayed on, so the wear is good!

I really love this colour and the glitter that really shines in the sun. It might look a little dark at times (someone thought i had painted my nails black) but if you love dark colours with a twist, then you will love this one as much as I do!

Manhattan - The Wow-Show 006 Manhattan - The Wow-Show 006

Manhattan - The Wow-Show 006 Manhattan - The Wow-Show 006

Since this colour is from an old Limited Edition, you will not find it in the stores anymore. But here and there you might be able to score it on a blogsale or at second-hand communities like Kleiderkreisel.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy weekend ❤


Manhattan Blogger’s Choice – Ni Hao in the morning

Ni hao!

Today I would like to show you my newest obession – a nail polish from the Manhattan Blogger’s Choice Collection called “Ni hao in the morning”. When I saw this in the shop I was instantly hypnotized by the blue, green, pink and white shimmer in the off-white base. When I brought my treasure home I looked online for swatches and expected to find choruses of praise for this beauty. But that was not the case! The few reviews I found were disappointed by the sheerness and dry time of this polish. I couldn’t believe that so I tried it right away. One blogger even mentioned that she needed 6 coats in order to achieve a nice look. 6 coats?! Well no wonder that the drying time is horrible then!

Fact is, I needed 3 coats but could have done 2 if I had been a little more careful during application. The application was no problem, I let each coat dry for 20 minutes to avoid dragging though. So, I don’t see the problem with this nail polish! The dry time – well everyone who owns a decent quick dry top coat will have no problems with this whatsoever. I can’t say anything to the dry time since I always use fast drying top coats as well.

Now to the pics! Enjoy and make sure to click the pictures in order to get to view them in full size! I tried different lightings in order to catch the beautiful shimmer. This polish is probably also very good for glitter sandwiches with a twist. Can’t wait to try it! I think the bloggers (I think the ones responsible for the Chinatown bit of this collection were Anna, Magi, and Mira) did a wonderful job!






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ni hao

I hope you liked my swatches! Have you also tried nail polishes that, according to other bloggers, were a nightmare but then you liked them a lot?