Smackdown: OPI Designer Series (DS) Royal vs Sally Hansen DVD

I have read that Sally Hansen DVD was a close dupe to OPI DS Royal so I decided to compare them. I layered them over China Glaze Grape Pop and I can't see a huge difference. DVD is a more concentrated shimmer and needed only one coat where Royal needed two. They both have a complex shimmer and both flash a pink/purple. DVD is a bit more blue and icy looking but it's not a huge difference. You do see a diffrence if you don't wear them layered. The base for Royal is more purple where the base for DVD is more violet.

Wear them layered and there is not a huge difference. Wear them alone and there is a difference. I think Sally Hansen DVD wins just because you can get it much easier than OPI DS Royal. I do have to admit that I prefer Royal because of its grapey purple base color.

Nail wheel swatch showing the base color difference.

Bottle comparison.

On the nail over China Glaze Grape Pop.

In low light to show the pink/purple flash.


Unknown January 25, 2011 at 11:18 AM

They're not the same!
I love royal!

LB January 25, 2011 at 1:55 PM

No, they aren't the same since the base colors are different. They do, however, have the same sparkle and color flash. I love Royal too!

Rory January 25, 2011 at 4:35 PM

I'm sure the question has been raised before, but DVD looks awfully like RBL Scrangie. How similar are they?

LB January 25, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Vixen - I'm not sure! Going by memory I want to say that DVD is more shimmery and doesn't have the green that Scrangie has. I'm going to have to put them both on and compare. Oo, another smackdown post! Thanks for the idea!

Meagan January 26, 2011 at 12:21 AM

I literally picked up DVD tonight, thought it was pretty, but passed on it. Now I'm kicking myself for it. XD Royal is gorgeous, btw!

- January 26, 2011 at 4:57 AM

Royal is really gorgeous... yet so hard to find. Grrr. I'd likely try to find out DVD to make it up but although pretty in all the blue shimmer is a bit too powerful for me.

Cat January 26, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Yay! Finally someone does a comparison post. People keep saying Laser is more akin to Royal, but Laser is bright royal blue not purple. In my opinion, when layered, DVD is close enough to DS Royal.

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