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Priti Powderpuff Cactus & A Discovery

By on December 18, 2009
in Green, Priti with 17 Comments
priti-powder-puff-cactus-bottle Last week I posted about Priti’s Tulip Tree Teal and since it was a new-to-me brand, I did my usual 5-Day Wear Test.  Being that I had Priti’s own base and top coat on hand, I decided to give those a whirl as well.  A lot of brands claim that their polishes work best when combined with their own treatment products so I wanted to put that theory to the test.  I chose Powderpuff Cactus for my trial run.

Also, thanks to all you investigative Fanatics, especially Flinty from Polish or Perish, I also discovered something new about Priti’s product line.  Find out what and see how Powderpuff Cactus fared in my wear test, after the jump!


First of all, Powderpuff Cactus is a gorgeous olive green shimmer.  It’s packed with flecks of gold and silver shimmer though the gold really stands out on the nail.  It’s highly pigmented barely needing two coats and it flows on the nail flawlessly.  What’s really unique about this shade is the silver shimmer.  While it doesn’t stand out on the nail, I believe it keeps the overall hue from becoming too warm and golden, like China Glaze Wagon Trail.  It adds a slight coolness that makes the shade more universally wearable.

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For my wear test, I have the 2-in-1 Base & Top Coat and the Speed Dry Top Coat so I decided to try them both.  I used the 2-in-1 as my base on all four nails and then split the two when it came time to add top coat.  As you can see, the 2-in-1 ended up chipping on my index nail and not even 30 minutes after I took this picture, I got a chip in my middle finger.  So even though Quick Dry top coats are known to not wear as well as traditional top coats, in this instance that didn’t hold up.

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Now on to my discovery.  A few weeks back, my girl Amber from Beauty Blogging Junkie wrote about Kaia House Bio-Polish Seattle, a gorg teal creme.  I just had to get my mitts on it.  Amber was right, it is gorgeous BUT it’s the exact same polish as Priti’s Tulip Tree Teal!  Couple that with Polish or Perish’s post about Priti using Diamond Cosmetic’s stock colors and well, you see where I’m going with this.

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Now to be fair to both brands, I don’t have absolute proof that the formulas are identical.  Diamond does make custom formulations BUT the colors sure do look the same.  And the fact that they’re using the same polish blobs from the Diamond website doesn’t help their case any.  But I’m not one to make false claims without due diligence so I emailed the reps for Priti to inquire about this.  I was told that the creator is back in her homeland of Australia at the moment but hopefully I’ll have a response soon.  I assume after the new year.

In the meantime, I see that the polish blob for Priti’s Powderpuff Cactus matches the one for Never So Ever-Green on the Diamond Cosmetics site.  So if you love this color, you have two options to buy it.  Also, if the theory holds true, the base and top coat I used from Priti should match GNP Super Dry Top Coat and 2-in-1 Base/Top Coat from Diamond. They retail for $2.50/ea.

This leads me to the question, have any of you purchased polishes from these brands and discovered color dupes? Being that I don’t own any polishes from Diamond has anyone compared the formulas? Priti lists their ingredients on their website but I can’t find that info on the Diamond website. I’m very curious to see if they’re the same, in the same order (that is important).

Disclosure: A product sample was furnished to me by Priti’s PR rep. For further information view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Caitlin says:

    I love this! Lately i’ve been loving olive colors, almost as much as i’ve been loving mint greens! Actually… i’ve just been loving greens in general lately.

  2. Amber says:

    Good sleuthing, doll! I’m going to call you the Nail Nancy Drew. Thanks for the linkage! I’m totally looking into this Diamond Cosmetic brand, because I LURVE the Kaia House formula.

  3. Anne says:

    When I got my Zoya green friday shipment, I found that Midori and Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Craze Jade look like dupes. I have yet to test this theory, though. =]

  4. Mo says:

    I just ordered 16 polishes from Diamond Cosmetics recently to see what they are all about…and at 2 bucks a pop I couldn’t resist! I’ve read a few different blogs say nothing but good things. I have some really nice colors…they go on and wear well…(I do change my polish every two days…) but I have enjoyed them enough to look into more possibly. I may have to buy a Priti polish and do some Nancy Drewin’ myself. Interesting to see what you find out!!

  5. M says:

    I ordered the tulip tree one from Priti and the don’t teal my heart away from diamond cosmetics to compare them. I also ordered a bunch of others since they were so cheap!

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Excellent, can’t wait to hear what you think of them. I think I’ll place an order myself. I was trying to be good before the holidays but I can’t resist a good deal.

  6. Alllison says:

    Powder puff cactus makes me want to get a deep silver/chrome nail polish. I think Essie has one I love.

  7. ReaderRita says:

    On my monitor, the Kaia House and the Priti look the same, but the Diamond looks slightly more blue… could just be my monitor. On a similar note, does anyone know if Massini nail polish (found at Meijer) are made by Color Club? Some of the names and colors appear to be exactly the same-i.e; Fashion Addict, Runway Muse, Rainbow, Electronica…

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I believe I read somewhere (was it Scrangie’s blog?) that Massini is made by Color Club. We don’t have Meijer here so I’ve never seen them before.

    • KarenD says:

      I have read in a couple of places that both Massini and Color Club are made by Forsythe. Lately I’ve been seeing bottles with Studio M label showing up next to the Massini ones–same bottles and colors just different name brand.

      • All Lacquered Up says:

        Forsythe is the parent company of Color Club and Art Club the same way Art of Beauty is the parent company of Zoya & Qtica. I know they do private labeling like Diamond. I wish I had a Meijer nearby to check out these Massini polishes.

        I know for a while people suspected the Icing polishes were made by China Glaze because the bottles are the same but they aren’t. I think unless a company pays to have their own bottle shape made, like Lippmann, Essie and Zoya, there are only so many stock bottles out there.

  8. ReaderRita says:

    Oh, and I MUST HAVE powderpuff Cactus!!! That is a gorgeous one of a kind green. Thank you for showing it! Now I have something to lust after! (hahaha ;) )

  9. Kate says:

    BUYER BEWARE! After the Diamond Cosmetics discovery with the teal color, I made a purchase on their website. The package arrived today, and only one of the five polishes that arrived was one of the six polishes I ordered. Luckily that one was Don’t Teal My Heart Away. But I was rather disappointed that the other four polishes that arrived were not colors I ordered, and on top of that one bottle had completely broken and spilled inside the package. I just emailed Diamond Cosmetics, and will be calling tomorrow to sort things out.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Oh my gosh, that’s terrible! I’m so sorry your order was messed up. I hope you’ll update us with how Diamond resolved the situation.

      • Kate says:

        I called and apparently they mixed up my order with another with a very similar number (mine ended in a 6, the other ended in a 9). The polishes I ordered arrived today – all there and all intact. They were able to ship it out quickly on the 23rd, and with faster shipping than the original order. And luckily it wasn’t a gift for anyone, so the timing wasn’t a big deal. Diamond Cosmetics didn’t say anything about returning the polishes they accidentally sent me, so all in all I ended up with 4 free polishes (including a second bottle of Don’t Teal My Heart Away!). They did a good job fixing their mistake, and I’ll probably order from them again if I find more colors of theirs that I want.

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