DL Ruby Red Slippers vs WnW Behind Closed Doors

Welcome to another edition of “vs”!

Today we are pitting Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers against Wet n Wild Behind Closed Doors. This might be the closest challenge yet!

Both of these have a blackened base with red micro glitter and larger hexagonal glitter. Are they dupes? Let’s see!

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Ruby Red Slippers, Behind Closed Doors

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Ruby Red Slippers, Behind Closed Doors

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Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers on pinky & middle, Wet n Wild Behind Closed Doors on ring & pointer

As you can see, these are SO incredibly close!

Both have a sheer blackened base that you really need to build up with three coats for maximum coverage. Both have tiny red glitter flecks. Both have larger hexagonal glitter flecks. You have to wait with both in-between each coat or the glitter will move around. Both have a chunky look to them.

There are two very small differences in these polishes that I can see in terms of how it looks. The first is that Ruby Red Slippers has a little more of the tiny glitter flecks in it than Behind Closed Doors does. So you see more glitter and less base color.

Second, if you look under a magnifying glass (really, I did this) you can see Behind Closed Doors has more of a genuine black base and Ruby Red Slippers looks a little more charcoal/grey.

But these are really small differences and not very noticeable unless you are a hardcore polish person.

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Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers on pinky & middle, Wet n Wild Behind Closed Doors on ring & pointer

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Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers on middle, Wet n Wild Behind Closed Doors on pointer

The Verdict:

These are close enough for me to declare them dupes to the average person. As mentioned, there are really small differences in terms of the actual polish but they are really quite small. The most obvious difference will be the price. Lippmann’s polish is $18.00 and Wet n Wild’s is $1.99. You do get slightly less polish with WnW because the bottle is 0.46 fl oz and Lippmann’s is 0.50, but it’s not that much less.

The Winner:

For me, even though it’s the more expensive one, I choose Ruby Red Slippers because I love Lippmann’s bottle shape (I know that’s weird) and to me it’s “the original”. But I would totally go for Behind Closed Doors also if I saw it in stores!

What do you think? Can these be called dupes in your book?

-Kelly

Written by Kelly
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