Barielle Blackened Bleu vs. China Glaze Blk-Bila-Bong
Today I’ve got another comparison post for you. This is the one I promised to show you when I was reviewing Barielle’s Blackened Bleu, the color that reminded me so much of Blk-Bila-Bong by China Glaze. In the bottle they don’t really look anything alike, but on the nail it’s a whole different story.
Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat were used for these swatches.
Barielle’s Blackened Bleu vs. China Glaze’s Blk-Bila-Bong
Once on the nail these two look very similar to each other, but there are actually a few differences. Blk-Bila-Bong (Blk-B-B) only needed two coats to reach opacity, while Blackened Bleu (BBleu) needs a good three coats.
The shimmer particles in Blk-Bila-Bong are also much more concentrated than the shimmer in Blacked Bleu. This also leads me to believe that the black base in Blk-Bila-Bong is a bit more pigmented than the base for Blackened Bleu.
In this close-up you can really see that Blk-Bila-Bong has smaller and much more densely packed shimmer particles than Blackened Bleu. I finally figured out how to directly link the larger image files to my pictures (yay for small victories! ;-)), so if you click this one you’ll be sent to the UltraMegaSize™ version of this picture.
While Blackened Bleu and Blk-Bila-Bong are not dupes I believe that they are similar enough that you do not need to have both in your collection. Blk-Bila-Bong has long been discontinued by China Glaze so if you missed out on that one (and don’t feel like paying ebay prices) you can certainly still find Blackened Bleu on the Barielle website.
Hope you enjoyed this comparison post! I quite enjoy doing these kind of posts so if you have any suggestions for more ‘vs.’ posts please send them my way. I try not to have dupes in my collection, but if something is suggested and I happen to own both polishes I would certainly be happy to compare the two.