OPI – Peace & Love & OPI with comparisons

OPI Peace & Love & OPI comps opener


Sometimes it seems like nail polish brands are on the same wavelength; with OPI’s San Francisco Fall 2013 release coming out at the same time as that of the Essie Fall 2013 launch, the shade that stood out from both collections was a gorgeous duo chrome. Naturally, I needed to know how close the two really were and that curiosity led me to hunt out a couple more similar shades. The following breakdown is how they compared:

All swatches are with base and top coats.

index finger: Deborah Lippmann ‘Wicked Game’ – the sheerest of the four, most apparent lilac tones, grey in the base quite subtle

middle finger: OPI ‘Peace & Love & OPI’ (reviewed here) – medium density formula, a couple of degrees brighter overall, the teal & mauve tones the most predominant of the four

ring finger: Essie ‘For The Twill Of It’ (reviewed here) – the thickest formula of the four (still an easy application, however), the closest in look & finish, the thinner brush of the Essie scores points for leaving behind fewer visible brush strokes

pinkie finger: OPI ‘Not Like The Movies’ (reviewed here) – mid-sheer formula with pronounced lilac undertones, the only one of the four bearing silver & gold micro glitters, the grey base is more apparent than the others


OPI Peace & Love & OPI comps

clockwise from top left: Deborah Lippmann ‘Wicked Game’, OPI ‘Peace & Love & OPI’, OPI ‘Not Like The Movies’, Essie ‘For The Twill Of It’


OPI Peace & Love & OPI comps swatch

OPI San Francisco Collection – Peace & Love & OPI with comparisons


OPI Peace & Love & OPI comps swatch 2

OPI San Francisco Collection – Peace & Love & OPI with comparisons


OPI Peace & Love & OPI comps swatch 3

OPI San Francisco Collection – Peace & Love & OPI with comparisons


OPI Peace & Love & OPI comps swatch 4

OPI San Francisco Collection – Peace & Love & OPI with comparisons


It’s quite obvious from the swatches above, that both OPI and Essie have achieved similar results with their respective duo (multi) chrome lacquers and while to my eye there are a few differences, they are minimal at best. Deborah Lippmann’s ‘Wicked Game’ has the honour of being the first out of the gate with this ethereal kind of shade, and I like the fact that it’s still available today (part of the permanent range). Do you need both the OPI and the Essie? I’d say probably not – your choice will be determined by either your brand favourite (OPI vs Essie), or brush preference (the thinner Essie vs the wider OPI). Then again, if you are a collector of this type of finish, you’ll want both. Or all.  I’m just sayin’…


OPI Peace & Love & OPI comps closer

*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

22 Responses to OPI – Peace & Love & OPI with comparisons

  1. Honeybee519 says:

    Holy Jeebus I’m drooling ^_^

    “Not Like The Movies” has such a pretty pink tone to it but yes, I need all of them lol

    I found a couple drugstore dupes as well, Essence Cosmetics “Chic Reloaded” & Sally Hansens’ Black Tie (Diamond Strength line). In fact, all of these remind me of the Sally Hansen Nail Prisms from wayyy back in the day.

    Awesome dupe review!

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks so much! I actually have the essence you mentioned and I realized after the fact, that there’s also a Butter London which could have been added to the list, but it’s done now!

  2. I only have Wicked Game, so it was very interesting to see your comparison!

  3. Great post! I love seeing comparisons of similar polishes like this. By the way, I think Zoya Ki might also be comparable to these.

  4. Emily says:

    Gorgeous swatches as always…but this time, I was especially struck by how beautiful the last photo is in terms of color and composition! Stunning!! I am tempted to make this my new desktop wallpaper–is that odd of me, lol?

  5. Though I was left cold at ‘Not Like the Movies’ – which I purchased when it came out and promptly gave away – I got a free mini bottle of ‘Peace & Love’ and actually liked it a lot more! I’m still not fully sold on these hues on my nails with my skintone, but I gotta admit – they are cool to look at!

    • Eugenia says:

      Personally, I don’t like complicated shades on my fingernails when my skin is tanned this dark, but I do love them as pedi shades! Maybe that might work for you too!

  6. love this post! I would like to have all thoses nail polishs!! 😉

  7. Katelyn says:

    Great comparisons! I prefer the OPI brand for the brush, so I chose it over the Essie. I also own OPI Not Like the Movies, but they’re just different enough to constitute owning both! 😉 Thanks for the swatches Eugenia!

  8. MiLinda says:

    I have OPI Not like the Movies and I love it. Then again I love grey polishes. I was wondering whether to pick up Peace & Love & OPI and now I see it swatched I think I will pick it up. Thanks again

  9. Great comparisons! A friend picked up Peace & Love & OPI for me but I seemed to have misplaced it; I felt so bad about buying it again, I bought For the Twill of it Instead (hoping, of course, that I find the OPI and was not left with a double). While they’re similar, I’m glad the formula is different enough to warrant me owning both.

  10. beachgal says:

    I am seeming to recall that OPI Not Like The Movies was the one that there were only a very few that came out in the first batch that really had the duochrome in it – all those released after when the collection was so popular OPI did have to do new batches to meet all the orders they had – the next ones released were only silver gray. I picked up the new OPI but it’s really thin so many I will get the Essie just to see – I am one of those that loves this finish.

    • Eugenia says:

      I had no idea that this had occurred; glad mine is the duo chrome version, then! I love this finish as well….thankfully I don’t have to decide which to get, lol!

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