Teenage Dream from the Katy Perry collection for O.P.I was one of the most sought after O.P.I polishes from 2011. It's easy to see why, it's baby pink jelly texture with multi-coloured sparkly glitter appealed to young girls and magpies alike. Step forward a year later and there's finally a high street alternative in the shape of this soon to be released polish by French favourites Bourjois. It's at a purse friendly price and is basically a perfect duplicate. Hurrah! As with all duplicates nothing is ever quite 100% the same and Rainbow Apparition is different in as far as I can see, just two ways. Let's take a closer look:
So Teenage Dream is a baby pink as I mentioned earlier, but Rainbow Apparition is more of a soft purple. It's not the world's biggest difference though, and is only noticeable when pulled out on white paper. The only other difference is that Teenage Dream has the finest tiny glitter in the jelly whereas Rainbow Apparition is slightly thicker and stands out more. The overall effect is that Teenage Dream is a sparkly base with big glitter chunks, and Rainbow Apparition has multi-dimensional glitter throughout. These are two tiny little factors though and overall it's look, texture and final effect is basically exactly the same as the O.P.I. If you have Teenage Dream and are wondering if you need this, i'd say probably not, but for most of us who found Teenage Dream just too expensive to part cash with or genuinely couldn't get hold of, i'd say this needs to sit firmly on your radar. And hey, all good things come to those who wait eh!
A couple of things to note about the Bourjois polish that I like. Number one is that I love the handle! I own a couple of these 1 Seconde polishes already and I love how easy they are to apply when holding the long handle. They also have a fab wide brush that makes application so easy to get neatly, especially near the cuticles and the base of the nail. I know they're a tiny touch more expensive than lots of nail favourites but I think these little details make it worth it completely. The newer formulation promises to be more gel like in texture too and I think they are great, with fantastic coverage and quality.
Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Enamel in Rainbow Apparition will retail at £5.99 from June 2012 so bookmark it now if you're after a little Teenage Dream fix!
What do you think of Rainbow Apparition? Did you cave and buy Teenage Dream the first time or are you secretly glad you saved your dollar? Are you thrilled there's an upcoming dupe or are you so over it?
Disclaimer: The Bourjois polish featured was a PR sample given to me free for consideration and the O.P.I Teenage Dream was a gift.