Fast forward to now. OPI is going to release Just Spotted the Lizard with its Spiderman collection, and it's apparently a dupe for Chanel Peridot, too. So now, we have three polishes that more or less are perfect dupes of each other - Chanel Peridot, OPI Just Spotte the Lizard, and Sephora Diving in Malaysia.
The one I have is, naturally, the cheapest of the lot, but unfortunately also the smallest. Sephora's Diving in Malaysia is just S$9 at our local Sephora, but unfortunately you also only get a teeny 5ml of nail polish (OPI bottles are 15ml for comparison). I guess given that I'd never ever use up even half of 5ml of nail polish from that bottle, it's a good idea for me to pay less for less, I suppose. I do have this horrible tendency to wear each colour I have once or twice before chucking it to one side...
Anyway, I don't need to go into the gorgeous colour that is Chanel Peridot/OPI Just Spotted the Lizard/Sephora Diving in Malaysia. It's a yellow-gold frosty polish, that has a very pretty duochrome finish that's hard to describe. Usually it looks green at the edges, but in the bottle (and on occasion, the nails), you see hints of blue and purple too. Very pretty, indeed. No wonder it took the world by storm.
I wasn't all that keen on this polish at first, but I fell in love with it once it was applied. It's a gorgeously neutral shade that would look great on both warm and cool skintones, and the greenish duochrome at the sides gives it a lot more interest than your typical neutral yellow gold shade. It's a perfect neutral with a kick!
I also really liked the application of Sephora Diving in Malaysia. It applied quite nicely and was opaque in two coats, which is what you see on my nails. The only drawback was that due to the small size of the bottle, the cap and the brush to apply the nail polish were also rather tiny. Fortunately, it was still easy to apply, and I also like the curved brush edges, which fit to the shape of my nail quite nicely.
This is the first time I've tried a Sephora brand polish. Usually I just ignore them as the colours aren't all that interesting, but I specifically bought Diving in Malaysia because of it's dupe status. If all Sephora polishes were like this, I think they're actually not too bad. If there are any unique colours in the range, I'd consider them.
So, do you need this? Well, if you already have Chanel Peridot, or OPI Just Spotted the Lizard, then you probably don't. But if you don't, and you want a cheap alternative (with a corresponding tiny amount), then this is the perfect solution.