A CHANEL Holiday Dupe?

If I had to pick my favourite nail colour of all time there would be a tussle at the top between Nails Inc Porchester Square, Essie Ballet Slippers and Absolutely Shore and CHANEL’s Holiday - saved myself a post there – the latter being the priciest polish I own. The hefty blow to the wallet upon purchasing, coupled up with the fact that the wear-time really ain’t all that fab has lead me onto the duping path, and you know what? I reckon I’ve found it, along with a few helpful points in the right direction from you lovely lot of course. A summer tipped red with a kick of orange for less than the £18 price tag of the CHANEL? No worries. Here are the contenders from L-R:

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Satsuma – £3.99 – from Boots. Purchased a few months back for its Holiday lookalike properties this polish scrubs up well in the shine and longevity departments. But in terms of a dupe – it’s too pinky and red based to draw comparisons to the CHANEL.

Rimmel Salon Pro in Summer Orange – £4.49 – from Boots. A new favourite is born. Too orangey to be considered close enough to Holiday but the one-sweep brush on these newly launched polishes is awesome. I actually sneakily lacquered this on all 10 of my digits after the picture for this post was taken.

CHANEL Le Vernis Nail Colour in Holiday – £18 – from House of Fraser. Not a contender, but the referance point of all orange undertoned rouge hues. I LOVE IT.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Meet Me at Sunset – £7.99 – from Boots. Red enough? Yes. Orange enough? Yes. A perfect blend of both?… I’ll keep building the suspense for this one. But you know for me Essie always bring it in the brush, sheen and application departments and this one is no different.

Rimmel 60 Seconds in Sun Downer – £3.69 – from Boots. Held side to side with the CHANEL this shade looks spot on, but post-lacquer it’s a little pinky to be seriously considered seriously in this line up. I’ve got a lot of love for this formula though and credit it for kicking off my current drugstore polish coveting.

The winner? Essie’s Meet Me At Sunset. At £7.99 it’s still under half the price of its CHANEL counterpart and it’s pretty much like for like. Mission complete. Over and out.


  • I am in LOVE with Holiday! Perfect shade of red!


  • Amy

    The new Rimmel nail polishes sound very good indeed, I’ve seen a few people mention them in regards to their longevity on the nails 🙂

    Great dupes here, they all look so similar!

    Amy xx

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  • sarah

    yup that’s why I bought Essie Meet Me at Sunset purely because I heard it was a great dupe of Holiday. And wearing the shade right now! Love it!

  • Legseleven7

    It’s so funny when people call fingers digits. Lol.

  • Maddy Cane

    They all look lovely but I have to say that from the photo the Barry M one looks the nicest to me! xxx

    Maddy from


  • Becky Fearn

    I was going to say I like the essie one most and think it’s a lovely alternative to holiday! 🙂

    B xx

  • Although on a similar price league as Holiday, Tom Ford’s Ginger Fire’s THE BEST orangey-red nail polish in town —>

    Stays on for longer too!

  • Olivia S

    I have been waiting for this post… it didn’t disappoint! Such a good post xx
    Olivia –

  • and kate

    wow they’re all so similar!
    i have chanel holiday, but anything of the same colour for a fraction of the price wins me right over!
    kate xo

  • amber

    have you tried OPI Monsooner or Later? I think it’s very similar to the Chanel one.

  • lisa_carbone

    Also check out Essie “Come Here”, may be a little more neon but it’s amazing! Dior “Lucky” is also a similar hue…it’s a Summer staple for me.
    Cheers, Lisa

  • elsa

    loved this post! I was actually eyeing the essie one and after this, I’m def going to grab it! 🙂 gotta love essie <3

  • I wish we could get Gelly’s in the States! I’m a fellow essie lover and bought Absolutely Shore yesterday (should be here next week) per your suggestion. I can’t wait! I’m glad Essie’s Meet Me at Sunset won! Yay!! You’re the best, I read your blog daily. Can’t wait to get my hands on this polish too.

  • Pippa Jones

    Its shockinh how similar they all are!

    Pipp xx

  • alicekatex

    Now I really want Essies meet me at sunset! Nail polish spending ban… unbanned.

    Alice ♥ <a href

  • Nastassja B.

    I’m glad you like it as much as I do.
    Mission accomplished. (:

  • Georgina

    O.P.I On Collins Avenue is a lovely orangey red – you can get it on eBay for around £6

  • Hollie Galvin

    Ooh meet me at sunset looks lovely. Today I bought Rimmel’s Hip Hop which I’m loving, a brighter red coral than an orange coral. Any corals get my approval!

  • I can’t really see the colors…. i’m over 50 and I guess my eyes are getting bad!

  • Ally

    Love coral-red colors!! I second OPI On Collins Avenue!! One of my favorites.

  • I love that ring on you!! These do all look really alike 🙂

  • Florrie

    Did I spy you at Bank tube station this morning? Was going to say Hi but then remembered you don’t know me, haha! Love reading your blog and really need one of the holiday-esque shades in my life 🙂

  • Celina

    Added Essie’s Meet Me at Sunset to my shopping list. Perfect! Thank you, Anna. ;D

  • Believe it or not, I have ZERO red polishes. Essie “Meet Me at Sunset,” meet your newest fan. 😉

  • I only have one red nail polish, and it’s a bit of a darker blood red. I would love to give this one a try though!

    <3 Carolyn

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  • I highly recommend OPI’s ‘Cajun Shrimp’ for summer, it’s probably a little more orange than the dupes above but it’s so versatile and the formula is excellent too!

  • kmillegirly

    The color is absolutely gorgeous ! i am going to buy it but the cheaper one ^^

  • I have colour that seems really similar to Holiday, ‘Mistress’ by Ciate, it’s gorgeous 🙂

  • Mullica

    I’m so glad you found a match! I thought Hip-Anema would be a good one but Meet Me At Sunset is just too perfect.