OPI Just Spotted the Lizard/Chanel Peridot Dupe: Sephora Diving in Malaysia

Sunday, April 22, 2012

It all started when Chanel released Peridot sometime at the end of last year. That immediately sparked the frenzy of nail polish aficianados everywhere, and people were going crazy paying crazy prices for it on Ebay. Then, as inevitably happens, dupes were found, such as Sephora's Diving in Malaysia, thus releasing some of the crazy, and the nail polish world moved on to other colours, and newer seasons.

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.

sephora diving in malaysia bottle

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.

sephora diving in malaysia bottle close

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.

sephora diving in malaysia 2

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.

sephora diving in malaysia 3

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.


  1. That looks divine on!! xo


  2. Don't forget to add Jessica Iridescent Eye to that list. It is the original Chanel Peridot dupe. And to top it all off, it looks like CG is coming out with a dupe later in the summer too.

  3. I had to stare at the pictures more than once to decide if I liked the color. First impression not so much but now that I look at it, it's unique which is always a good thing!

  4. Nice colours!
    I hope you can visit my blog too, I have followed yours.

  5. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. If we had a sephora, would have definitely indulged by now xx
    liloo /@tsunimee

  6. Fabulous, since I don't have the Chnel or OPI polishes I can definitely pick this one up.

  7. can't stop collecting! i have the Chanel and Sephora one, and am looking forward to picking up OPI's version! lol

  8. love these shades :) I'm hoping more duochromes will keep being released :)

  9. I love these type of polishes! It gives sort of a futuristic, sci-fi vibe. Fab!



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