Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Fairy Dust vs Electric Lane Comparison

Hey there people, now here's a question.  Who doesn't want sparkly rainbows on their nails?  I know I do!  Nails Inc Electric Lane is the nail polish that made number one on my all time top ten polish list. If you want to look at that, here's the (link) which also includes a couple of Electric Lane swatches.

But I've seen manicures online using China Glaze Fairy Dust.  The difference between these two polishes is something I've been wondering for ages.  Finally, I couldn't wonder any longer so I bought some Fairy Dust so I can compare the two. 

I bought my China Glaze Fairy Dust from Amazon, and when it arrived, I couldn't see much difference at first glance:
The glitter pieces seem to be exactly the same size and colour to me.  So I made up some nail wheels with lots of different colours to try over:
Black: Deborah Lippmann - Fade to Black
White: Poundland Jess (link to full review)
Grey : Leighton Denny - Zero Gravity
Green: Barry M Gelly - Key Lime
Blue: Bourjois One Seconde - Bleu Water
Red: OPI- Big Hair...Big Nails
I decided to do one coat of each and no topcoat so you can fully tell the difference (if any).  Here's what I got:
I think you'll be able to guess, but the N's are the Nails Inc Electric Lane, and the C's are the China Glaze Fairy Dust.  As you can tell, more noticeably on the red and black is that the Electric Lane has a denser consistency.  However, in this light you can't really tell so well.  I have a couple of close ups which show it better:
Firstly the black:
I think this shows the difference in density much better, although in this lighting my photo seemed to come out a bit blurry, strange.  I think it might be the holo freaking my camera out.
Here's the red:
Again, a heavier glitter presence from the Nails Inc.  However, in my opinion, for a glitter topper, that's not necessarily a good thing.  The heavier covering of glitter is hiding the base polish somewhat, rather than enhancing it.
Also, Electric Lane dries to quite a sandy matte finish, which I like, but is another difference from Fairy Dust, which dries to more of a gloss as you can see.
Here's a picture I took in a rare sunny moment:
Definitely on the black you're starting to see the holo.
Here's how the brushes differ:
They both performed admirably, no problems with blobbing during application, and both glitters went on pretty evenly.
Here's a full nail swatch of Electric Lane over Nails Inc Devonshire Row:
So how much do they cost?
Nails Inc Electric Lane costs £12 for 10ml
China Glaze Fairy Dust costs £6.49 for 14ml
However, there isn't anywhere on the high street I can buy China Glaze, and Amazon have stopped free Super Saver Delivery unless you spend £10, so there will be extra to pay for shipping.  There is a Nails Inc stand in larger branches of Boots, so you can get them with no P&P to pay.
However, even with this taken into account, Fairy Dust is cheaper, and you get more.
I have managed to get full coverage on my nails with Electric Lane with four coats, I doubt you'd ever manage that with Fairy Dust.
So, which do I recommend?  Amazingly, I actually recommend Fairy Dust!  Electric Lane definitely has more bling, but I prefer the glossier and less overwhelming finish of the China Glaze.  Plus of course it's cheaper.
No one could be more surprised about this outcome than me, but that's the conclusion I came to.  I still like them both though in different ways, so you could certainly justify owning both.
Do you own either of these polishes? Or do you have a different favourite holo glitter topcoat?  Would love to hear about it if you do.
Until next time...


  1. fairy dust never dried on me properly even with SV so i got rid of it

    1. Oh really? That's super interesting! I've only done the nail wheels but didn't have a prob. Will further investigate & report back! x x x

  2. Ahh it's a tricky one isn't it! They're both so nice but me being cheap I'd probably go for Fairy Dust cos like you said it's cheaper and you get more so even with P&P it's probably better value! You can get China Glaze in Sally's/Salon Services sometimes but often they don't have a great selection :/ xx

    1. I've never seen a Sallys in real life! Is it a really big nail warehouse like the ones I have lovely dreams about?

  3. I looooooove Fairy Dust.. Hard to not use it in every mani I do lol. Thanks for a comparison though.. Was wondering if there was something similar out there.

    1. The are similar, but not THE SAME hahaha! Nail addicts unite x x x

  4. Well done!

    I like Fairy Dust when I want to add just a little bling. If I want big bling I go for a holo topper like Frosty Snot from LynB Designs.

    1. I'll look that one up! thanks Inky x x x

  5. What cute nail polishes..and this mani looks really great :)


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