Milani “Gems”…The Deborah Lippmann “Happy Birthday” Dupe

The polish game is getting serious—if we didn’t think it was already.  This has to be the dupe of a lifetime and I honestly can’t believe what I’m seeing.  I don’t know if I’m being dramatic or if I’m just overly excited.  Deborah Lippmann “Happy Birthday” was known as one of the hottest nail polishes around that could not be duped—unless you made your own with a crap load of craft store glitter and wanted lumpy nails.  Of all companies to create a dupe of “Happy Birthday” it was Milani.  I highly doubt that this was a coincidence and it was a smart move.  I didn’t think Milani had it in them since I’m rarely impressed by the colors (or the quality) of the colors they put out.  I see I have to pay attention to them more often if they’re pulling moves like this.  The only difference I can see is that “Gems” has a little more red glitter than silver.  I highly doubt that anyone would notice and if a friend does, she just may be a stalker.  Besides that the application was the same and so was the glitter density.  If you plan on grabbing this $5 dupe you better act fast because it’s limited edition.  The good news is that they’re becoming easier to find (mostly at CVS drug stores).  If you’re really pressed to find it and can’t, you can always pay $20 for the original—my wallet just tightened up at the thought lol.  Manicurist Jennifer Cherry grabbed me a bottle of “Gems” last week, so now I have 2.  You know what that means?  Giveaway time!  I love being a secret Santa.

Giveaway information

Two (2) winners will receive one (1) bottle of Milani “Gems” (retail value $4.99)

Rules: All entries must be submitted by Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 12:00 PM PST. This contest is open to all subscribers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner is confirmed.

How to enter:

1.) Leave a comment on this blog post telling when and where you would wear Milani “Gems”

Index and ring finger:  Deborah Lippmann “Happy Birthday” (1 coat/ 2 coats)

Middle and pinkie:  Milani “Gems” (1 coat/ 2 coats)

Index:  Deborah Lippmann “Happy Birthday”

Middle:  Milani “Gems”

Ring:  Deborah Lippmann “Happy Birthday” (2 coats)

Pinkie:  Milani “Gems” (2 coats)

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  • Khambria

    I love this polish! Great over clear and I’m sure it’d be good over soooo many colors

  • Erin

    WHOA! That’s an awesome dupe. I’m a Lippmann nail groupie. Totally wearing Bad Romance this week!

  • Gina (prim and polished)

    Awesome! I’d wear it on New Years Eve!

  • MiiSS kECiia

    i would wear it out on New Years Eve bec im wearing a black dress [even though i wanted something shinny] … and probably anywhere else bec i heart glitter polishes (=

  • Danielle

    I’d wear this Christmas day to open presents! My nails would look just like the wrapping paper…lol

  • Danyell

    I would wear Milani Gems to a New Year’s Party. This polish screams fun.

  • Khambria

    I would definitely wear this over red polish and do heavy glitter on the tip that fades out as it goes down. And this SCREAMS New Years to me! Little black dress, chunky statement necklace, bold lip, neutral sparkly eyes!

  • L

    Glad you did this comparison. I dont have Lippmann anymore.

  • Cristine

    Ok, I’ve def been stuck in my reader for too long… the layout is HOT! :)
    Just like this polish. I think my heart skipped a beat. I love nail polish & this is … hmmm. this right here… lol. I’d wear this to a party, maybe even over a sheer color? Out on NYE would be fun too.

  • Antonya

    I’d wear Milani “Gems” on new years eve. It would be sooo pretty

  • TSM09

    I would wear Milani Gems everyday if I could, on my fingers and my toes. I would layer it over blue and green polish.

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  • n.nicole

    this is a really good dupe! I have DL boom boom pow and I layer it over other colors. I would wear Gems the same way or by itself to my upcoming girls night out holiday gathering

  • Liz

    I would wear it to Chrisette Michelle’s concert in January!

  • Davina916

    I would wear this anywhere…..Thanks!

  • Alysa

    I would wear this the next time I go out to a party.

  • Sheree Sanders

    Hi, I love this! I would definetly wear this for Christmas , at party!

  • Debbie

    I’d wear this to the party my ex is supposed to show up at….I’m still searching for the perfect dress (already have the shoes) but this would be the perfect compliment

  • Etra

    I would wear Milani Gems over a silver foil for New Year’s Eve.

  • Anna

    I would wear it for the next time dinner out with friends.

  • Tiffani

    I would wear Miliani Gems during my trip to New Orleans to attend Mardi Gras this year. It’s like confetti on your nails. You couldn’t tell me I wouldn’t be ready to PARTY!!!!!

  • Lisa

    I would wear it to my 40th Birthday Party this April! :)

  • alanna

    I’d wear this color anytime I was entertaining or even on a first date!!!!!!!!!!!! This color screams fun and flirty!

  • Heather

    This color will be worn anytime because my life is a party and my nails pop.

  • Berchette

    I would wear this polish for a night out or to a party! or maybe even just to class so that I’ll have something to add some spark to my day! :)

  • blakistan

    I would wear this ANYTIME! I don’t need a rhyme or a reason. That polish is really making me feel good on my inside part. First time actually leaving a comment. Really enjoying the blog.

  • Victoria

    Omg! This is absolutely gorgeous! I’d definitely wear this for new years or for my birthday 😉

  • julia guedes

    @paulacofre qual vc gostou? eu queria o happy birthday, mas encontrei um q é igual e custa 5 dólares! q 6 achä?

  • Jéssica Borges

    Esse post aqui compara o potinho da felicidade colorida verdadeiro e o fake: Bem parecidos meesmo!

  • Krissy

    Milani “Gems”…The Deborah Lippmann “Happy Birthday” Dupe? @nouveaucheap

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