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Priti Tulip Tree Teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness

By on December 9, 2009
in Big 3 Free, Priti, Teal with 35 Comments
priti-nails-tulip-tree-teal-bottle September was Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month but Priti continues to support Nancy’s List, an organization that provides resources to cancer patients all year long.  They have committed to donate funds through sales of their teal ribbon colored polish, Tulip Tree Teal.

I’m always a sucker for a great teal creme but add in a charitable cause and I’m hooked.  I spoke with the founder of Priti, Kim D’Amato, backstage during Fashion Week and I love that she’s as committed to creating a toxic-free, organic line as she is to including fashion forward colors.  She custom blended an amazing green for eco-friendly fashion line Bodkin which you can catch glimpses of in Ecouterre’s photo recap of the show.

Check out Tulip Tree Teal and see how it stood up to my 5 Day Wear Test after the jump!


Priti provides a full ingredient list including ingredient descriptions on their site so I won’t bother listing it all here but their nail polishes are 3 Free including Formaldehyde Resin. At .43 fl oz, the bottles a bit smaller than the standard .5 fl oz.  The brush is flat but not wide.  Its width and length are comparable to the new CND brush.  The bristles are dense but soft making application easily controlled.  The formula is slightly thick and well pigmented but doesn’t completely level itself so careful brush strokes are key.

Tulip Tree Teal is a mid-tone teal creme.  When I first saw it, I thought here’s a great Illamasqua Muse dupe but TTT has more green in its base.  I think, if anything, it’s the slightly lighter, brighter sister of the teal in StrangeBeautiful Vol. 3.  It definitely looks teal in all lighting but isn’t so bright that you look like you’re stuck in Summer.


Priti Tulip Tree Teal

Priti Tulip Tree Teal

Of course I had to put the formula to my 5 Day Wear Test and decided to switch up my methodology.  I used combos of a ridge filling base (butter London Nail Foundation), a tacky drying base (old formula CND Stickey), a thicker quick dry (Seche Vite) and a thinner quick dry (Olan Quick & Slick) to see whether using a 3-free base/top made a difference.  Apparently it does because the nails with the old CND Stickey formula (middle & pinkie) chipped and showed more wear than the other two.  So I would highly recommend using a 3-Free base coat with Priti.

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Priti Five Day Wear Test Results

Priti Tulip Tree Teal retails for $12.50/ea on PritiNYC.com with 10% of the proceeds going to Nancy’s List.  Priti sells their own base & top coat as well which I’m currently testing.

How are we loving this teal?  Have you tried Priti nail polishes before?  I’ve used their Soy Remover in the past and if you’re looking for a great non-acetone alternative, you should check it out.

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. arkanefyre says:

    I love this teal! The colour’s great for fall too. It’s just right for round the season, I think.

    Do you have any other Priti polishes, Michelle? The swatches on their site seems to be inaccurate, as far as their bottle pic vs. their blob swatch goes. I’d love to see more!

    • Virginia says:

      I agree! There are some nice looking colors which I would love to get if the color looks right. And thanks for showing us an organic line. I can’t wait to try it.

  2. Nicole says:

    Hmm I think I like that one!

  3. lacquerholic says:

    I like it, but I’m always afraid cool colors won’t look right on my brown skin. Good thinking experimenting with different base coats. It really did make a difference!

  4. Mel says:

    Wow! I really like this color too.

    BTW, did you happen to catch the color of Gabourey Sidibe’s (from the movie “Precious”) nails on Jay Leno last night? OMG I want, I want, I want whatever shade of blue she was wearing!

    • Jackie S says:

      I saw her nails too, it was a hot blue!

      • All Lacquered Up says:

        I totally missed it. To be honest, I’m not a fan of Jay Leno and I hate that his new show took away an hour of programming each night on NBC.

        I tried watching video of her appearance online but couldn’t really catch a good glimpse of her polish. If you find any pics online, link me. I wanna see too!!

  5. Andi says:

    I really like this teal and would consider getting it but it seems that their blob swatches on their website are identical to the blobs on the Diamond Cosmetics website. Are these companies related?

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      It appears from reading the Diamond Cosmetics site that they do private labeling. But they also do custom formulations. I have no idea if Priti uses them.

  6. Sarah says:

    The MUA nailboard has discovered that Priti is a private label of Diamond Cosmetics…. which are $2 per bottle versus Priti’s $12.50 and it seems a few of the colors are the same.

  7. flinty says:

    It’s the exact same polish as Diamond Cosmetics’ Don’t Teal My Heart Away, which is $2 (of which 0.25

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Can I ask where that information came from? Is there a link to an article that says the Priti polishes are produced by Diamond and that they aren’t a custom formulation but stock colors?

      • flinty says:

        If you compare the Diamond Cosmetics color chart on their website with the Priti colors on the Priti websites, both use identical images of dollops of polish. (And why would a company use images of polish dollops that didn’t represent theirs?) Compare Tulip Tree to Don’t Teal My Heart Away or Lambstail Cactus to Chainmail Charm. I went through both websites last night and found at least 50 matches.

        • All Lacquered Up says:

          Wow, thanks for the info. I’ve heard about Diamond but never really looked at their line or website. I never heard back from the brand which I would say is very telling.

  8. Kelsey says:

    It looks a lot like Diamond Cosmetics “Don’t Teal My Heart Away” to me. How do you think that it compares?

  9. Jessi says:

    That is way too much money to spend on something you can get a lot cheaper at Diamond Cosmetics. I know what they are doing is common business practice, but it still feels a little underhanded.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Do we have proof that the polish is the exact same as the Diamond Cosmetics polish? I’m not familiar with Diamond Cosmetics but their site says they do custom formulations. Has anyone received confirmation from Priti that they are just using one of Diamond’s stock colors? It seems unfair to judge them without knowing the full story. I had no idea there was a color from Diamond Cosmetics that looked identical to this. I would hate to jump to conclusions without asking for the story straight from the horse’s mouth (aka Priti). I’ve emailed the company myself and will let everyone know if I hear something.

      • Grace says:

        Do you honestly believe that they would admit that their colors are stock from DC, where you can buy them directly much cheaper.

        The bottles are identical aside from the print on them, the color swatches are identical to one’s on DC’s website… I honestly doubt you’ll get a truthful answer.

        • All Lacquered Up says:

          I don’t know what they’ll say, if anything. I just like to do my research before coming to a conclusion. It doesn’t hurt to ask and if they never respond well, then I have my answer.

  10. Jessi says:

    Oh, I also found it kind of lazy that for some of their colors, they use the swatches right off Diamond Cosmetics’ website instead of making their own.

  11. Rachel says:

    Teal for Toes deja vu! Diamond Cosmetics has gotten a lot of buzz since this past summer when I started seeing it on blogs. Their collections are even listed in Nails Magazine. I’d like to see you cover some of the less inexpensive brands of polish here :)

  12. Kate says:

    Flinty at Polish or Perish posted a whole bunch of the priti polishes and their diamond cosmetic polish twins. See the post here: http://polishorperish.blogspot.com/2009/12/how-to-save-10-maybe-more-maybe-less.html

  13. Kate says:

    You can also get the same color from karma organics: http://store.karmaorganicspa.com/dotemyheaw.html They too get their polishes from diamond cosmetics, but apparently didn’t even bother to change the name. However they are donating 20% to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (source: http://www.tealtoes.org/polish).

  14. karen says:

    love this color. as some people have said it looks very VERY similar to diamond cosmetic’s teal for toes [even the bottle shape] and they also donate to ovarian cancer. either way it’s a great shade!

  15. amy says:

    That is a gorgeous shade of teal. I love that it is a cream finish and that it doesn’t have any gray tones in it to make it more muted but at the same time it is not over the top bright.

  16. Aurora says:

    I love that teal; and it looks pretty dupe-less haha!

  17. Danielle says:

    I admit I immediately thought of Diamond Cosmetics “Don’t Teal My Heart Away” since I have it. They do private labeling so its not impossible.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I haven’t heard back from the brand (Priti) and they do use a lot of the polish bubbles from the Diamond site so it wouldn’t surprise me. I had no clue.

  18. Carey says:

    I think I am fast becoming the world expert on teal polish…. I have been wearing either the Diamond or the Priti (seem exactly the same to me) since Diamond first approached me about donating to the ovarian cancer cause. I love this color!

    For those who haven’t checked out the Diamond Teal for Toes page yet, teal is the color of Ovarian Cancer awareness. I started Teal Toes (www.tealtoes.org) to encourage people to paint their toes teal in order to spark conversations about ovarian cancer. For more info, please check out my website.

  19. Tori says:

    I love trying all kinds of teal polishes since I wear it almost constantly to promote ovarian cancer awareness (see . I haven’t tried Priti yet, but I can attest that the Diamond Cosmetics shade is unique among the teals! Assuming the Priti shade is exactly the same, ALU is right that it’s a great teal for winter. Now don’t get me wrong – for some skin tones and/or outfits, DC’s ‘Don’t Teal My Heart Away’ would be great for summer, but personally in the summer I like a cooler, more sheer shade of teal because it reminds me of the beach. Diamond’s ‘Don’t Teal My Heart Away’ reminds me of luxurious velvet. Wrap me up in that, baby, for an awesome welcome to 2010! (And here’s wishing ALU every good thing for 2010!!!)

  20. M says:

    I ordered both to compare them and they look identical to me. I also ordered several other colors from diamondcosmetics.com and they are beautiful!

  21. Sandi says:

    Buy the Diamond polishes (which I love), save $10, donate $5 of it to Ovarian Cancer Awareness, you’re still $5 ahead and OCA gets $5 instead of $1.25. A win, win situation. Considering the profit Priti is making charging $12.50 a pop (when you know they aren’t even paying the $2.25 a bottle we’re paying) yet only donating $1.25, I don’t feel bad for them at all.

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