Primark Nail Polish Review/ An ‘Indian Ocean’ Dupe?

September 17, 2012

While in Primark (or Primarche as I like to call it) I was left to wait for Liam by their nail polish stand (worst mistake he could have made) and I spotted these babies. If you saw my last wishlist you’ll know I’ve been lusting after Essies Mint Candy Apple and Models Own Indian Ocean (Part of the Beetlejuice collection) so when I spotted these for a meer £2.50 I nearly wee’d a little bit.

Now I do not own either Mint Candy Apple or Indian Ocean so I cannot vouch for how similar they actually are, but based on the thousands upon thousands of blogposts I’ve read they seem pretty similar to say the least.

The pastel teal/mint colour similar to the Essie polish is called ‘Be Mine 84″, it looks to be darker slightly than ‘Mint Candy Apple’ but the same tone. The pearlescent turquoise/pink polish is named ‘Angel 93’ which really doesn’t seem much different to me. The above photographs are a wee bit darker than in real life, whereas the ones below are a bit more true to colour.


I have previously purchased Primarks brand of polish, Angelica in pastel pink called ‘Sweetie Pie 82’ and a lilac in ‘Palma Violet 85’ so I already knew I liked the formula. The above nails were painted with just one coat! (one on top of the other in the case of the last nail obviously). ‘Angel’ looks more glittery than pearlescent in these photographs, I think video format would be the best way to show this nail varnish.

I now own four Primark polishes and I love them! The forumla is great, the colours are always pretty much the same as they look in the bottle and they dry quite quickly. They also last a long while. I just use a No 7 topcoat on top of my polish and it lasted me 5 days! It would have lasted me longer but I had to take it off for work.

I don’t mind the packaging, but it does seem a little childish almost, but what can you ask of a £2.50 polish.I bought an E.L.F nail polish in Fair Pink, for the same price, a little while back, and these Primark ones are ten times better (And work out cheaper due to no P&P charges!)

The only thing I can say against this nail varnish is that the brush becomes detached from the lid sometimes. This is easily solved by just popping a little bit of nail-glue or superglue in the end of the lid and slotting the brush back into place. Holding the brush end can be a wee bit messy but just use some kitchen roll to hold it rather than bare hands! They also don’t have a huge range but there is a pastel section, a glitter, a crackle and a neon section so they’re right on trend!


To say I’m pleased with this nail polish is an understatement. For my nail look here I’ve mixed Palma Violet with a little bit of Sweetie Pie then put Angel over the top. It’s probably my favourite combo I’ve ever done my nails. I really do reccomend these polishes and will definetly be picking more up when I next go in (which is more often than I like to admit).

Have you tried these polishes? Any more recommendations for cheap but brilliant polishes?



  • Reply Katy September 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I own Indian Ocean, and I have to say I think there is a real similarity between the two 🙂 x
    Sirens and Bells

    • Reply Jayde September 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      I'm going to get Indian Ocean when models own do their 50% off promo, so I'll be able to do a real comparison. but for now my £2.50 primark delio is keeping my lusting at bay!

  • Reply Lauren Tate September 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    i really want them but i don't have a primark near me :/ love your blog followed 🙂

    follow me !

  • Reply Isha Knight September 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Seriously love your header ha! Gorgeous nail colours too.

  • Reply Jayde September 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks you! It's just a font called Hands I believe, easy peasy.


  • Reply Laura-xo September 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I never knew Primark did nail varnish!!! These colours are gorgeous 🙂


  • Reply Indigo September 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    these colours are so beautiful! X

  • Reply Naomi September 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I love these colours! Now following you, would love you to check out my blog too. Naomi xx

  • Reply Marta September 20, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Your blog is so nice! Now I'll have to read it for next hour hahah. P.S. I'm a new follower :)x

  • Reply Rachel, Cold Knees September 21, 2012 at 9:21 am

    your nails look great! I've never bought nail varnish from Primark before, I might have to now 😀 xx

  • Reply THE STYLE SHED September 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    great colours

  • Reply Nic Nac Noo September 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Can't believe this is primarni! I'm loving the packaging!

    I’m also running a giveaway so would love if you could enter!

  • Reply Stefania September 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Lovely blog!! Would you like to follow each other on gfc?
    Stephilà Creations-Myfashionblog

  • Reply Kate September 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    This looks gorgeous x

  • Reply Rebecca September 27, 2012 at 1:06 am

    I love anything blue when it comes to nail polishes so I'll have to keep my eye out for these!

  • Reply Taylor Cornwell September 27, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I'm in love with that colour, wow! Going on the wishlist!
    Maybe you could check out my blog or even follow me? I've followed you x

  • Reply Stefany September 28, 2012 at 10:14 am

    These polishes are gorgeous! Love the colours x

  • Reply sarah moyes November 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I had my doubts about the primark nail polishes but i own a green glitter one and it's become one of my favourites. I haven't seen these ones yet but i think i'll go past there tomorrow on the way to work. x

  • Reply Lucie_xoxo November 9, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Wow these polishes look amazing!! Very mermaid! I want! x

  • Reply rozalyn November 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    These colours are amazing!

    I'm having a Christmas giveaway over on my blog if you'd like to have a look

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