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Much Requested Comparison: Essie Play Date & L’Oreal Royalty Re-Invented

Posted on: April 4, 2013

I have had several questions about Essie’s Play Date and L’Oreal’s Royalty Re-invented being dupes of each other.

I think this photo shows they are clearly not dupes of each other. Play Date is a definite light purple, and even though Royalty Re-Inventented could be described as a light purple it is more blue than purple. I would call Royalty Re-Invented a lilac color and Play Date more of a lavender. Even though both descriptions are interchangeable with each color, they are not dupes of each other.

These 2 colors together make for a pretty half & half manicure. Play Date is one of Essie’s better formulas. I’ve made no secret of the fact I do not care for Essie polishes. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, buying Essie nail polish is like buying a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. Of course, this a Forest Gump quote, but so fitting for Essie nail polish. I do like the formula of Play Date very much so, it is one of my favorite polishes. Wet n Wild Mega Last On a Trip is a very close dupe of Play Date. The WnW Mega Last can be found at most drug stores and retails for $1.99. You can find Essie at Walgreen’s, Rite Aid and Ulta. Nordstrom also carries Essie and they have the cubes of mini polishes for some of their collections. A single bottle of Essie retails for $8.
I give Essie Play Date a 4/5 stars ☀☀☀☀
The L’Oreal Royalty Re-Invented is part of their new spring colors from their Color Riche Trend Setter line. I like L’Oreal’s formula and I have found it to be consistent with the 15 colors I have from this line. A consistent formula is a big deal to me. I like this color and I’m sure I’ll wear it a lot this spring/summer. I just bought this color, I have not worn it long enough to give any stars.
L’Oreal Color Riche Royalty Re-Invented also reminds me of some other colors in my collection. When I get a chance to compare, and if I find any similar I will definitely let you know.

What do you think of Play Date? Do you have it? Love it? What about the L’Oreal Color Riche lines? I’d love to hear what you think of these brands/colors.

💅 As always, thanks so much for stopping by.

6 Responses to "Much Requested Comparison: Essie Play Date & L’Oreal Royalty Re-Invented"

I agree with you about Essie polish. I do not even bother anymore.don’t get me started on Fiji! Ugh…


I’m so happy to hear I’m not the only one that feels that way!
Thanks for the comment.


I like both colors, they are great together! You said you found the L’Oreal formula consistent. I only have 2 colors – from you of course. 1 of them is fantastic but the second not so much, actually it’s kind of difficult to apply. Don’t remember the names right now…


😨that’s too bad, I know I sent you a blue one with a London name and I can’t remember what else, but yes mine are all very easy to apply and I do like the formula. I’m sorry you got a bad one ;(

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omg I agree too, the recent two that I bought were very watery.. I was very disapointed. I do love both of these shades though, I do love me some Loreal such a gorgeous lavendar. 😀


💜so glad I’m not the only one! And I have been loving L’Oreal NP lately, I think the have stepped up their game in that dept. Thanks Amanda for the comment!

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