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Having at least one soft pink nail polish in my nail polish stash is a real must-have for me. I currently have about four in my collection and today I am letting two of them battle against each other: L.A. Colors’ French Nail Pink versus O.P.I.’s Mimosas for Mr. and Mrs. At first sight they look very alike, but at just 1,49 euros the L.A. Colors nail lacquer is totally budget-friendly while O.P.I’s is almost ten times as expensive at 13,95 euros. Will the price of these nail lacquers determine their performance and therefore the outcome of this battle? Let the battle begin!
The color of both nail lacquers is a pretty soft pink and looks very similar both in the bottle as well as on the nails. French Nail Pink is a tad more pink than Mimosas for Mr. and Mrs., though, which has a little more white in it. I personally have a slight preference for the pinkest shade of the two, just because I think it looks prettier and more flattering on the nails. So the first point goes to L.A. Colors!
Bottle & brush
The glass bottles look a bit different from one another, but both contain 15 milliliters of nail polish. O.P.I has a longer brush, though, and the bristles are more supple and spread out more. Because of that I find the O.P.I nail lacquer a bit easier to use. That’s one point for O.P.I.
Texture & coverage
The texture of each of these nail lacquers is definitely different. French Nail Pink’s texture is thicker which makes it a bit tricky to apply. O.P.I’s texture on the other hand is a lot runnier and therefore easier to use. Then again, O.P.I’s runny texture also causes it to provide less coverage than French Nail Pink. You need at least two and maybe even three layers of Mimosas for Mr. and Mrs. before you get any decent coverage, while just one coat of French Nail Pink already looks pretty good. So in this round O.P.I gets a point for texture and L.A. Colors gets one for coverage.
Application & finish
Against my expectations I like the finish of the L.A. Colors nail lacquer a lot more than that of the O.P.I nail lacquer. Light shades and pastels are often hard to apply evenly and without streaking, and that is also the case with both these nail lacquers. But with a bit of patience it’s definitely doable to make French Nail Pink look nice and even. Unfortunately the same can’t be said about Mimosas for Mr. and Mrs. I really tried my best, but I still ended up with streaking and unevenness. So L.A. Colors definitely wins this round.
At the moment L.A. Colors is one point ahead, but O.P.I. catches up in this last round by scoring high marks for longevity. French Nail Pink lasts a few days without chipping, but it definitely doesn’t like doing dishes or taking hot showers: when confronted with water and heat, it starts to flake. Mimosas for Mr. and Mrs. on the other hands stays put for days and doesn’t seem to really mind the many nail-unfriendly things I do every day. So O.P.I scores a point for longevity.
With a 3 to 3 tie it is clear that these nail lacquers are worthy opponents. Both have their strong and weak points: L.A. Colors’ French Nail Pink looks prettier color-wise, has much better coverage and provides a cleaner and more even finish. But O.P.I.’s Mimosas for Mr. and Mrs. is easier to use and lasts a lot longer. If I would have to choose between both, I think I’d go for L.A. Colors. It is super cheap and I like the color better, and because of that I don’t really mind that it doesn’t last as long.
Which of these two nail lacquers would you choose? Do you own any soft pink nail polish?