bought the middle polish and right end polish this time around!
So as you can see the five full size polishes I have look almost exactly like the set, with the exception of the last polish on the right and the fact that the glitter in the full size hot pink polish (middle) is not multi-colored. Now for some comparisons of the three that do look like dupes!
this is the one that's supposed to be a dupe of Deborah Lippmann's Candy Shop, I think
The pinks are the same for the most part, but I did feel like the glitter was denser in Lollipop than in its full size counterpart. Now the blue is a different story. They're not the exact same polish, at least in my set the blues are different. I feel like Blueberry Swirl leans more green than its full-size counterpart, and the glitter is denser and easier to apply, though still quite sparse compared to the pinks. As you can see in the swatch below, the glitter from the full-size blue polish did not want to come out at all.
I used 3 coats for the colored glitters and 2 coats for the holo and flakie
some close ups:
You can better see what I mean about Blueberry Swirl (left) being more green in this swatch!
I wonder why they decided to make this smell like a chocolate cupcake?
The brushes are not much different. The handle on the mini polishes are obviously smaller, but the brush is a little longer and a little thinner. That difference didn't really affect application for me, though.
Overall, these applied pretty well and had nice glitter payoff, with the exception of the blue. I've only seen these at Rite Aid, with the full-size polishes priced at $4.99 each and the Candy Shop set, which is scented, retailing for $5.99. The Candy Shop ones kinda do smell like what they are labeled as...very sweet smelling! I definitely recommend the Candy Shop set over the full-size polishes because you get more colors for less and Blueberry Swirl performs better than full-size blue (I wish the full-size ones had names! It would sound less awkward when writing about them, lol.) Blueberry Swirl is actually probably one of my faves from the set! As for that flakie, I think you could pass due to the sparseness of the flakes. You really have to fish them out and dab them on the nail if you want more coverage. I think there are better ones out there!