Gap Bright Pool and Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqua Lily

Ladies and gents I have found an inexpensive dupe for Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqua Lily in Gap Bright Pool. Isn’t this fabulous news?

Aqua Lily was an immediate favorite of mine the second I swatched it. It’s an AMAZING color and so unique. Until now.

Someone actually tweeted me a bottle shot of Gap Bright Pool a couple weeks ago and asked me if they were dupes. I hadn’t seen it in person so really didn’t know.

Fast-forward to last weekend when I happened to be at the Gap and was checking out. I saw a container of nail polishes in a bin at the register then saw Bright Pool. Of COURSE I needed it (and some others, which I will swatch for you soon) so I bought it for $6.00. Actually no, I bought it for $3.00 because it was buy one get one free. 😀

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Both shades are a vivid aqua blue with purple/pink shimmer running throughout. Both seem to have the same application flaw also. They apply a little sheer but build up, they’re both a little streaky and both dry a bit matte until you add a top coat.

Gap Bright Pool

Bright Pool

So this is Bright Pool in all her glory. Isn’t she lovely? I used just two coats here so you could see that it’s a little bit uneven, just like my swatch below of Aqua Lily, which I swatched when it came out.


Aqua Lily

Aqua Lily, as you can see, looks basically exactly the same as Bright Pool, including those streaks when you use just two coats. Add a third and they go away.

Gap Bright Pool and Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqua Lily Swatch

Gap Bright Pool on pointer and ring, Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqua Lily on pinky and middle

Can you tell which is which? I honestly cannot tell any difference whatsoever in these two.

In terms of pricing and amount, Gap Bright Pool is a much better deal. Bright Pool is $6.00 (when not on sale) for 0.5 oz. Aqua Lily, if you could even get it anymore, would be between $18-20.00 for 0.4 oz. But again, it’s not in their main line so if you don’t already have it you probably never will.

I hope you guys are able to get your hands on Bright Pool at a Gap near you because it’s a much better value and exactly the same as far as I’m concerned.

Did you get Aqua Lily? Will you be hunting down Bright Pool now?


Written by Kelly
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