I recently bought a few NYX Girls' polishes in hopes that I might find a dupe to Essie's Beyond Cozy. When you perform a Google Image Search you end up with an endless array of swatch photos for Beyond Cozy. I decided to try Mushroom Glitter first to see how it measured up.
The formula on Mushroom Glitter is very easy to work with and you get a good amount of glitter on your first coat. It took 3 coats to build up to opacity. There are times when I notice a little visible nail line, but it's nothing to be concerned about. Because the formula is nice and thin, each coat dried quickly. I also noticed that the glitter used is not your typical gritty glitter, but a thin foil like glitter. You can also work with this formula a little bit to get an even spread of glitter without causing dragging. After 3 coats the finished result was very smooth and you could either omit top coat or just apply 1 coat to seal your manicure. I actually added a layer of Gelous Gel Coat because I love how it adds strength to my nails. I then added a coat of Seche Vite for a glossy finish.
In comparison to Beyond Cozy they appear to be very similar but not quite dupes because it seems as though Beyond Cozy may have a combination of gold and silver glitter (although, to be honest, I can't see it in any of the swatch photos I looked at). Mushroom Glitter is actually a warm toned silver glitter; possibly a light champagne. It adjusts depending on the light. I also layered it over a few different colors on a nail wheel and it looks lovely as a topper as well. In the photo below I have one coat of Mushroom Glitter over: 1. China Glaze, Swanky Silk, 2. ManGlaze, Fuggen Ugly, 3. Bettina, Mojito, 4. Barielle, Jordana's Skinny Jeans. In the reviews of Beyond Cozy it is mentioned that it has a gritty finish and eats top coat. In reviewing the pros and cons of each, I am happy to say that Mushroom Glitter has satisfied my need for Beyond Cozy.
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Essie is owned by L'Oreal; L'Oreal conducts Animal Testing. Essie has not made an official statement in regards to animal testing since being purchased by L'Oreal. When you email Essie through their website you get a canned response from L'Oreal that pretty much sums up that they do test on animals.
Do you think NYX Girls' Mushroom Glitter is a good substitute for Essie's Beyond Cozy?
|This blurry indoor shot shows how sparkly Mushroom Glitter is.|