ManGlaze Fuggen Ugly vs Orly Iron Butterfly: Dupes or Not?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Awhile back, I was gushing over ManGlaze Fuggen Ugly, the ubercool matte tar grey polish. I mentioned in the post that there were similar colours, so I thought I'd do a comparison post today swatching Fuggen Ugly side-by-side with one of its sisters, Orly Iron Butterfly.

Here are comparison swatches:

ManGlaze Fuggen Ugly Orly Iron Butterfly

L-R: First 2 fingers ManGlaze Fuggen Ugly, last 2 fingers Orly Iron Butterfly

As you can see, there are similarities and differences. The similarities are that both are matte, and have the same black-grey base. Both also apply very well, although I feel like Fuggen Ugly applies a bit better, because it goes on in thinner coats.

The differences are that Iron Butterfly has much bigger silver glitter than Fuggen Ugly. Fuggen Ugly isn't totally matte - there are very minute silver shimmer that adds a dimension to the colour, but the shimmer isn't visible on the finger, unlike in Iron Butterfly, where you can clearly see the discrete pieces of silver shimmer.

So, which one should you spring for? A lot is going to hinge on the shimmer for most people. If you want a more matte shade, then ManGlaze is the one to go for. But if you want some bling, then Orly's version will be your preferred choice.


  1. In a gadda da vida is now stuck in my brain! lol I love the Iron Butterfly best. They are, of course, both cool. But IB has a bit more depth to it.

  2. i love Iron Butterfly with a TC! I still want fugging ugly though!

  3. i prefer the iron butterfly but they are both pretty close in color :)

  4. I actually really prefer the manglaze one. I had one by MAC called Studded that remind me of the Orly one and I didn't like it.

  5. Both are lovely but I think I prefer Iron Butterfly. Cannot resist the glitter!


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  8. the orly one is calling my name...

  9. whew really cool I like this... nail polish is one of my weakness


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