I love comparison posts. :) There's just something about being proven right (or wrong) when it comes to eye-balling similar looking polishes that is so satisfying. Is that a weird thing to say? Haha. Today I'm comparing two polishes that have had their fair share of comparisons in the nail polish community already: OPI Push & Shove and Sally Hansen Sterling Silver! Both are silver chrome polishes, and both came out this year. Are those the only things they have in common? Check out the rest of the post to find out!
Polish #1: OPI Push & Shove
Price: $9 - $11 for 15mL
Availability: OPI is available at salons and other approved retailers - this polish is from a few months ago so you may be able to find the odd bottle left but otherwise you're best to check ebay.
Description: Metallic chrome with a mirrored finish from OPI's 2014 Gwen Stefani Collection. Requires a special complimentary base coat - Lay Down that Base (a mini bottle of which is included with purchase). One thin coat of Lay Down that Base topped with two thin coats of Push and Shove yields an intense, mirrored finish. Like all limited engagement events this polish is intended to be worn for One Night Only.
I originally swatched this polish in January 2014.
Polish #2: Sally Hansen Color Foil Sterling Silver
Price: $7 - $9 for 10mL
Availability: Rexall, Shoppers, Walmart, Target, etc.
Description: Bright silver chrome from Sally Hansen's 2014 Color Foil Collection.
I originally swatched this polish in June 2014.
Nail Comparison: Both polishes result in the same bright silver chrome look, and to be honest to remember which one was which for writing up this post I had to write down in my notes that the pinkie and middle finger were OPI. Both polishes show any bumps or ridges present in your natural nails. So as far as I'm concerned there is no difference in appearance once these polishes are on the nail.
Application Comparison: This is where things get a bit different. Where the OPI product requires a special base coat to be used first, the Sally Hansen polish has no such need. I found the OPI product went on a bit more opaque with just one coat, but overall the coverage with two coats was equal. Both also dried fairly quickly, which was nice.
Wear Comparison: Neither of these polishes are intended for long-time wear, though only the OPI product states that outright. Both were a mess by the end of 24 hours - lots of tip wear and chipping.
In general the differences in application between these two polishes is minimal (especially as the base coat isn't technically needed and is provided free with the polish itself), and the differences in appearance and wear are non-existent, so I'm going to say...
You definitely don't need both of these polishes in your collection, and seeing as the OPI product will be a bit harder to find I would say get your butt out of the house and pick up the Sally Hansen version (which is still in stores) if you want to get this look. The Sally Hansen version will also save you a couple of dollars and take up less space in your helmer since you don't need to store a second bottle with it! Win win! :)
Do you own either or both of these polishes? Or one of the other branded dupes that are floating around that I don't own (I've heard the Essie version is also an exact copy)? What do you think of them? Let me know your thoughts!
Thanks for visiting!! xx