I had three of the four shades from the Gossip Girl Collection, so when I needed my OPI fix at Ulta and they were giving one free Shimmer into Summer exclusive with a $17 purchase I was so there! I got OPI How You Blue-in? the exact dupe for NOPI Too Rich For You.
With all the worries over fake OPI, I was pretty confident that I have never come across any since I try to exclusively buy mine from authorized dealers such as Ulta, Trade Secret, and local salons. Well today I am questioning that theory as I am facing a lacquer enigma.
I was trying to decide what color to swatch when I noticed one of my OPI's was shorter than all the rest. That bottle happened to be 'How You Blue-in?'. I took it out for a closer look as I started to become horrified! Could this possibly be a fake??? I tried to rationalize it as a flood of 'if's' came flying through my head! All I could think was "But I bought it at Ulta?!?!". I took comparison photos using the 'How You Blue-in?' in question against 'Skull & Glossbones' that was purchased at a Trade Secret. Here's what I discovered...you be the judge.
|Here you can see the height difference|
|The lid thickness is different and the lid texture|
|Notice the gap difference between the bottle and cap|
|The front label rises up at the center "P" creating a hill effect (it was hard to catch on camera)|
|The back labels seem to be the same|
|Legit back label|
|The one in question is on the R, notice its rounded edges|
|The one on the R is missing the dot on the "P"|
|The font of the "O" seems different|
|Legit top with dot on the "P"|
|Legit on top, both say OPI|
|Legit on L, notice the gear closing threads missing and the lid thickness|
|Close up of possible fake|
|Close up of legit inside of lid|
|Possible fake, notice the brush stick is clear and the brush is longer|
|Legit, notice the frosted clear brush stick and the shorter pro wide brush|
Well...what do you think??? Do I have a fake on my hands? Is it possible retailers are being given fakes (I doubt it but I guess anything is possible)? Has Anyone else ever seen this?