One of the current most popular nail polishes surely is Purple Rain by NARS. When I saw the first swatches of Purple Rain I knew that I had to have it.
I only rarely buy expensive nail polishes but this dark shimmery purple.. I had to buy it and it was love at first swatch.
However when I’ve read that there are two possible dupes available with China Glaze’s Let’s Groove and Zoya’s Yasmeen I had to get them as well. Not only to compare them but especially because the little backup devil wanted me to buy a Purple Rain backup and I didn’t wanted to cave. You are not winning this time, backup devil.. hear me!?
Let’s take a closer look at how close Let’s Groove and Yasmeen are to Purple Rain. Dupe or no dupe? Let’s find out.
China Glaze – Let’s Groove, two coats
NARS – Purple Rain, two coats
Zoya – Yasmeen, three coats
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Zoya’s Yasmeen isn’t really a dupe for Purple Rain. The blurple jelly base is lighter and it only contains red* shimmer in contrast to Let’s Groove and Purple Rain who both contain red* and blue shimmer. But Let’s Groove is an almost perfect dupe for Purple Rain.
In my pictures you can see that the base color of Let’s Groove is a tad cooler toned and a tad darker than the base color of Purple Rain but when you look at both side by side on your nails you can’t see the difference. In my pictures, where you can see my nails close, yes but IRL they look exactly the same.
Also the formula of Purple Rain and Let’s Groove is identical to me. They both apply like butter with one generous or two regular coats.
If you don’t want to spend $20 or 18€ I recommend getting China Glaze’s Let’s Groove instead.
Thanks for looking and take care!
*It sometimes looks red but in the bottle the red shimmer of all three nail polishes also looks coppery.