Readers will know that most of my polish comes from the drugstore, big box store, or chain beauty store and is in the low (~$5 and less) to mid (~$5-$9) price range. I don’t own a single Chanel, Dior, or Yves Saint Laurent.
A recent news article made me feel even better about that because an independent test from Consumer Reports found that $2 Sinful Colors outperformed $27 Chanel by quite a large margin. Makes me feel great about the Sinful Colors I own! Also note that Chanel was outperformed by CND Vinylux, Revlon Colorstay, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure, and Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant. As you might imagine, many news outlets picked up the story and ran with it; here’s an article from ABC News.
They’re not saying and I’m not saying Chanel is bad. Of course not. I’ve never tried one to compare. But when you look at prices, can one polish really be thirteen and a half ($27 divided by $2) times better than another, or are you mostly paying for the cachet of the Chanel name?
Would I take a Chanel if someone gave me one? Yoobetcha. But will I buy one? Probably not.
I’ve shown you several Sinful Colors before. Here are two of my faves.
Fig, one of the best purples I’ve owned. Ever.
Of the other brands listed, I’ve only tried one CND Vinylux and loved it. The wear was fantastic. I reviewed it in October, and here’s a picture of Pretty Poison again:
I have a few Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant polishes. Inferno:
And some Revlon Colorstay ones. Spanish Moss:
And Fall Mood, which I totally love in the fall:
So next time you reach for a bottle of Sinful Colors (which is often on sale for $1 at Walgreens), don’t feel like you’re being cheap. You’re being smart.