Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Comparison Post: Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe & Icing Sailor Boy

Today's post is a comparison between the queen of all polishes, Across The Universe by Deborah Lippmann, and Hey Sailor Boy by Icing. I bought Across The Universe about three years ago and it really is one of the gems in my polish collection. Yesterday, while passing by Icing, their nail polish display caught my eye and I ended up with six of their polishes (they make amazing glitters!). If you really like the look of Across The Universe but don't want to spend $20 on it, this may help you decide if you'd rather get the $4.50 dupe from Icing. For swatches, I used 3 coats each topped with Nicole by OPI Top Coat:

Icing Hey Sailor Boy vs. Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe

Icing Hey Sailor Boy vs. Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe

FORMULA: Both polishes are blue jellies with blue and green hex glitter and blue micro glitter. The concentration of glitter is much greater in the Icing polish than in the Deborah Lippmann, making it seem a shade lighter (as in the bottle shot). 

APPLICATIONBeing jellies, they both need at least 3 coats to cover the VNL. Hey Sailor Boy builds opacity easier as the jelly base seems a tad more pigmented than that of Across The Universe.

PRICE & AVAILABILITY: I got my Deborah Lippmann from Donato's Hair Salon for $20 and the Icing polish for $4.50 from Icing (their polishes are buy 1 get 1 50% off). Nail Polish Canada is my go to online retailer and they carry Deborah Lippmann too.

RESULT: I found that the formula of both polishes is pretty good but the main difference is in the density of glitter. Personally, I like the less crowded look of Across The Universe and being a Deborah Lippmann fan, I don't mind splurging on them. However, Hey Sailor Boy is the more economical option and has more bling to it.

Hope you found this comparison useful. Thanks for reading and feel free to ask me any questions in the comments section!

- The Manicurette

6 comments:

  1. Wow! that is a huge price difference! Both are pretty!

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    1. I know, right?! Icing has so many dupes of expensive polishes!

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  2. I love Icing polishes and was thrilled to find Hey Sailor boy since Essence Blue Addicted is also HTF and such a tiny bottle! Love your comparison photos. They are great!

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    1. I've never found the Essence one either! Glad you found this helpful :) :)

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  3. Thanks for the comparison. I only recently heard that Icing Hey Sailor Boy was duppish of DL Across the Universe. I have long since wanted ATU but the price was just more than I wanted to pay for a polish. I went out today and bought several Icing polishes including HSB. Maybe if I layer it over a deep navy I will get more of a ATU look. Thanks again.

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