Let’s not bullshit here. It’s nothing short of blatantly frigging obvious that both 17′s and FashionistA’s magnetic nail polishes are from the same manufacturer. It completely baffles me that neither 17 or FashionistA seem to care how obvious it is. I guess maybe that’s because 17 is exclusive to Boots, and FashionistA is exclusive to Superdrug, but would it really have killed either party to make a bit of effort for originality?
The only real difference is how you buy them – the 17 ones all come with the detachable magnetic lid, whereas the FashionistA ones are sold without the magnet and you buy that separately. The magnets are identical, by the way. Surely this whole business would be more forgivable if they at least had some variation in their colours, right? Well, 3 of them are exactly the same. Look at my little scientific table here:
17 Green = FashionistA Ego Green
17 Purple = FashionistA Purple Me Up
17 Blue = FashionistA Forever Is Blue
And I don’t have the FashionistA one to compare, but I would take a wild stab in the dark and bet money that…
17 Grey = FashionistA Notorious Silver
How about some photographic evidence?
Index and ring – 17 Green
Middle and pinky – FashionistA Ego Green
Index and ring – 17 Purple
Middle and pinky – FashionistA Purple Me Up
Index and ring – 17 Blue
Middle and pinky – FashionistA Forever Is Blue
THEY ARE THE SAME BLOODY PRODUCTS. This doesn’t seem to phase most people, but it just absolutely baffles me! I don’t understand why either party is happy about it… am I just being dense and missing something here?
The real question is, which ones should you buy if they’re both the same? I guess it’s down to price. 17 ones cost £5.99 each (magnet included) and the FashionistA ones are £6.00 each with the magnet sold separately at £3.00. Clearly, then, the 17 ones win. Having said that, FashionistA do have the added bonus of a fifth colour, All Fired Up Red (which is actually lovely).
Don’t get me wrong, I love the magnetic polish trend. I just don’t get this whole identical business! The magnets are quite fun to experiment with. Have you tried turning the magnet sideways to create vertical waves on the nail instead of horizontal ones? They also work brilliantly with a matte topcoat, somehow the matte finish seems to make it look even more 3D.
What’s your opinion on the fact that the offerings from 17 and FashionistA are exactly the same products? I mean, I realise that different brands release products that are basically the same as each other ALL the time, but they just couldn’t have made this one any more obvious if they’d tried.
I just want to point out, I bought the 17 polishes myself and was sent the FashionistA ones for review some weeks later. I would be furious if I’d bought both sets, although frankly if I had have been stupid enough to do that without realising then I would have deserved to waste my money! Haha