So I dug out my suspected Set in Stones dupe - Maybelline Silver Spells, a really old, discontinued polish. Maybelline's Silver Spells may be old, but it is still pretty awesome. Like Essie Set in Stones, it consists of variously-sized silver glitter in a clear base. The glitter comes in two shapes - a small square glitter, and large hexagonal glitter. And like Essie's Set in Stones, Silver Spells is very densely packed with glitter.
I felt inspired to use Silver Spells for a mani, so here it is! I used Silver Spells over another polish I love, Nails Inc Paddington Street, a deep burgundy creme base. If it looks a little familiar, it's because I've used Nails Inc Paddington Street in a previous mani before. A simple coat of Silver Spells, and my mani is totally jazzed up!
I'm not sure if Maybelline Silver Spells is a total dupe for Essie Set in Stones, but I do think they may be quite similar. Because the glitter in Maybelline Silver Spells is so densely packed, some dabbing is required to even out the glitter a little bit more, otherwise it tends to pool and clump up on your nails. But it's so worth the effort, though!
I'm really loving this mani - it's so glittery and blingy and festive. Although it's not quite a Christmas mani, I think it kind of suits the season, with the deep red base and the truckloads of glitter. I can't help it, but I always associate glitter with the holidays!
I'm not certain if Essie's Set in Stones is really a 100% dupe to Maybelline Silver Spells, but having Silver Spells has really killed my lemming for Set in Stones. That's one polish I can remove from my infinite list of polish lemmings! Now, to find drugstore dupes for the other 23856283 polishes on my list...