You may remember my infatuation with Designer de Better!, a limited edition Muppets Collection color from OPI. I loved its warm silver foil with copper and bronze flashes. I only had a tiny bottle from the “Muppettes” mini-set and I liked the polish so much that I wanted to get a full-sized 0.5 ounce bottle. Easier said than done! Being both gorgeous and limited edition, it was long gone from stores.
So I went to eBay and found a bottle reasonably priced at $6.00 plus shipping. The same vendor also had Warm & Fozzie so I ordered a full-sized bottle of that since it too was not to be found locally. While I was at it — darn those words “add to cart”! — I also ordered a bottle of Antiquated by Color Club to compare to Designer de Better!. It was only $3.00, a great price.
As you can see, they do look very, very similar. Both contain 0.5 ounce (15 ml). The handle is slightly bigger on the OPI bottle which I think is more comfortable. Both retail for about $8.00 but as my experience shows you can buy them for less, maybe even half price or lower. Designer de Better!, being limited edition, though, is harder to find and $6.00 was the lowest I saw anywhere online.
The formulas of both were good. I thought Antiquated had a bit more streaking but still not bad. I put Antiquated on my ring finger and Designer de Better! on my little finger in all photos. This is three coats, no top coat, in indoor lighting with no flash:
And with the flash, which shows more of a difference:
I tried numerous times to get a good photo in outdoor light but it’s snowy today and the light just was not cooperating; it made everything look washed out. Here’s a closeup:
Color and texture-wise, Antiquated has finer glitter and is slightly more gold or bronze looking. Designer de Better! has larger pieces of glitter but they’re not big or chunky by any means, and this polish looks a little more silver. The biggest difference to me is the copper flecks in Designer de Better!, which are so pretty and unique.
Bottom line, I like both a lot, and it’s hard to find what I’d call warm silver polish. Most silvers are icy looking or very cool, and if you want a warm metallic polish you’re usually looking at pure golds which don’t look good on my skin tone. If I could only pick one it would be Designer de Better! but if you can’t find it I heartily recommend Antiquated.
And yes, I realize the irony of a blog aimed at women over 40 or over 50 recommending a polish named Antiquated. We’re not THAT old yet!