So, onto the comparison, here is the line-up:
|The 'Macroflakies' |
(L-R) Barry M "Crystal Glaze, Essie "Shine of the Times", Color Club "The Uptown", Layla "The Butterfly Effect (52)"
(L-R) No. 7 "In the Stars", Color Club "Pearl-spective"
The first observation to make with all of these, is that the colour in the bottle is completely different to the colour on the nail! For these swatches I've layered each macroflakie atop No.7 "Just Black". With the exception of the Barry M polish (two coats) these are a single coat of the flakie to give you an idea of the density of flakie bits...
|L-R: Crystal Glaze, SOTT, The Uptown, Butterfly Effect - Natural light|
|(L) Barry M Crystal Glaze (R) Essie SOTT - macro shot|
Comparing the 'red toned' macroflakies - of these it seems that on a black base, Essie SOTT and Color Club The Uptown are close enough to be dupes. The Layla "Butterfly Effect" is very similar, just a little more red toned. This can be seen more clearly in the photo below, which was taken in direct sunlight...
|L-R: Crystal Glaze, SOTT, The Uptown, Butterfly Effect - Sun light|
In bottle, the Color Club and Layla polishes look like dupes. So I also compared these on their own, with no base colour. Shown here are three coats of each:
|L-R: Color Club "The Uptown" and Layla "Butterfly Effect" - Sun light|
Now onto the microflakies! For comparison I have the new No.7 shade "In the Stars" and Color Club's "Pearl-spective" from their recent Kaleidoscope collection.
|L-R: Color Club "Pearl-spective" and No. 7 "In the Stars"|
Phew! So the final comparison is price...Macroflakies: I bought the Barry M with my Boots points (hurrah!) and the RRP is £3.99. The Essie and Layla polishes I bought from Amazon sellers for £8.04 and £5.94 respectively with free P&P. The Colour Club was part of a duo-set in TK Maxx for £3.99, so effectively £2. The Microflakies: I bought the No.7 with one of those handy £3 off vouchers Boots sometimes hand out, RRP is £6 so I got it for £3. The Colour Club was part of a 4-polish mini-set in TK Maxx for £3.99 so effectively cost £1. Full size Color Club polishes are available for about £8 if you can find them, and occasionally TK Maxx has 8 polish sets for £8-£10 which is a frickin steal.
Recommendations: If you own none of these, and want to, then I would recommend the No.7 micro-flakie "In the Stars" since this is easy to find, super pretty, and potentially the cheapest if you get one of those voucher offers. For the macroflakies I'd recommend the Layla polish "The Butterfly Effect" (Ceramic Effects No. 52). It's the cheapest, and so similar to the other shades that it makes no difference really which you pick.