Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Rarity Nails vs. Color Street

Honestly, this is one of the hardest battles I have ever done because these two products are almost identical. I do have a favorite, but I really tried to be objective and compare these one at a time in the way I would other brands. In fact I went through and broke down every single area I did during my last brand battle for two nail strip companies. I am going to go through some different factors and dole out the winners for each one and then explain the reasoning. You may want to read my comparison between Color Street and Jamberry, which was done similarly. At the end I will announce the winner of this brand battle. For those of you who don't know, both Color Street and Rarity Nails are 100% Nail Polish Strips that sold by direct sales consultants.

I have had some feedback from sales consultants from Color Street. I am aware that the owner of Color Street has told you all that Rarity Nails and other brands do not offer 100% Nail Polish strips. I went ahead and did my own research by looking up every single ingredient listed in Rarity Nails sets and they are all ingredients commonly found in nail polish, the same as Color Street. Just like there are hundreds of brands of nail polish out there with different formulas, there will be other nail polish strip brands out there with different formulas too! Regardless of semantics, both of these items work similarly, and I will go ahead with my review now.

Variety goes to Color Street. Color Street is a little over a year old now and has 136 designs. Rarity Nails on the other hand is only 4 months old and has 80 options. I remember when Color Street was at that stage and if I believe they had around 50. I have to go off of current numbers for this review but something tells me that in a few months Rarity Nails will have pulled ahead here.

UPDATE - Rarity is now only 6 months old and has 98 options. Color Street has added some options and also discontinued some options so they are down to 131. It looks like my prediction might be right!

If you know me then you know I care about ingredients very much! Rarity Nails and Color Street are both free of Parabens, Formaldehyde, DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, and Xylene! Woo! But Rarity Nails beat out Color Street by also being free of Triphenyl phosphate. However I will admit that of all the "toxic" ingredients often found in nail polish, this one is the least worrisome to me. It is used to improve flexibility as well as being a fire retardant. However in a study TPHP was linked to endocrine disruption, and although scientists insist that the amount in nail polish is not harmful, it is always good to be safe.

These two products are easy to use, to remove and they don't require any special glues ore removers. Both are gentle on the nails and honestly, it's a tie as to which brand is better for nail health. Both work wonderfully.

To me Rarity Nails is the hands down winner of this category. They are a little thicker, they stretch better and they don't chip as easily. Even the packaging is less likely to tear and easier to re-seal.When I use Color Street I do tend to tear the nail strips and I often end up tearing them so that they don't evenly cover my nail anymore. I know that is user error in a lot of ways, but the strips are simply flimsier. I don't have that issue with Rarity Nails because they are more durable. 

This one was to close to call. Color Street and Rarity Nails are used the same way and take the same amount of time to apply.

Once again they are used the same way. I wouldn't say that one is easier to apply than the other. I am mostly adding these so that people can see how similar they truly are, as well as because these are areas I have compared other brands in before.

Both Color Street and Rarity Nails are 100% nail polish, but because Rarity Nails are a little thicker, they are also a little harder to remove. Color Street's are absurdly easy to remove. You can use nail polish remover or acetone, wet down a cotton pad and just wipe it right off. With Rarity Nails I did have to use Acetone, polish remover wasn't cutting it. And I definitely had to let the pad sit on my nails for a minute or two. There was no damage or scraping on either side, and neither were hard or time consuming, but in comparison Color Street is the obvious winner here.


Inclusiveness is a weird way of me saying, what all comes with the nails strips? Do I need extra parts? So in the package of Color Street Nail Strips you get 16 polish strips, 2 alcohol wipes and 1 mini nail file. In the Rarity Nails Package you get 18 polish strips, 1 alcohol wipe, 1 mini nail file and 1 double ended orange wood stick.

So first of all the nail files that come in the Color Street ones are garbage in my opinion. I have always used my own because I feel like they don't do anything. The Rarity Nails nail files are a little larger and sturdier. I can use one file for multiple applications. The alcohol wipes are very different too. The Color Street ones are branded with the logo and come with two, while rarity nails uses generic medical looking ones, and it only comes with one. However I feel the color street ones are smaller and dryer than the ones that Rarity Nails have.I have to use one wipe on each hand with color street, and can use the same on both with Rarity Nails.

Then you have the orange wood stick. You guys, this is genius. You really have to push back your cuticle to use these properly or they will look grown out day one. The Color Street doesn't come with anything for that but Rarity Nails includes a pretty nice mini orange wood stick that is double ended! One end is the classic cuticle pusher. The other end is a pointed tip and it works great for pressing down on the edges of your nails firmly and securing them. Rarity Nails has Color Street beat here handily.

Last but not least is value. This is a big one and the major difference between the two honestly. Color Street only has 16 strips per pack, while Rarity Nails has 18. But Rarity Nails are also half the price of Color Street. Color Street ranges from $11 for their solid colors and $13 for their designs, with $14 being the rate for their french manicures. Rarity Nails is $5 across the board. Color Street has a buy 3 get one free deal that puts their sets at $9.75, while Rarity does buy 8 get one free making their sets $4.44. However the sale price of the Color Street ones are still more than the full price of the Rarity sets. Now before you say that that must mean Rarity Nails aren't as high quality, you are wrong. Color Street is owned by Incoco, which is a polish strip brand that also sells at $7.99. Incoco and Color Street are practically identical. So you are paying a premium for the Color Street name when you buy them.


and the winner is.....
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.

So here is the deal, I am still a fan of color street, I still own a bunch of their product and I like their wraps a lot. BUT because of the high prices I am leaning towards Rarity Nails and will pick them up more often! If you are already a Color Street fan, you may want to try Rarity Nails too! The designs are totally different and you  may end up finding some you are in love with. If you have wanted to try color street but can't afford them, these are a great alternative.

Full disclosure guys, I am going to post an affiliate link and will be getting kickbacks off purchases made through the links to Rarity Nails on this page. Hopefully you don't stone me for it, but I am always transparent with you. You should consider getting onto social media and seeing if you have a friend or family member you could support first, but if not I'd love for you to support me. You can pick up some Rarity Nails for yourself by clicking here. 

You can pick up Color Street Nails here.


9 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting this blog. I have some questions that I cannot find answers to on Rarity Nails website. Do you know if Rarity Nails are made in the USA like Color Street? I try my best to keep America working with my purchases when possible. How long does it normally take for Rarity Nails to arrive from the time you place an order? Color Street normally arrives in 5-7 days. I noticed Rarity Nails have a no refunds policy for online orders unlike Color Street. That is important in the event defective product is received. Lastly, Rarity Nails shows up online at a price of $7 slashed down to $5. Is that a sale price or are they always $5?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rarity made in China but processed in the USA. HOWEVER keep in mind practically everything we buy is probably made in China as well. Usually takes 7-10 days shipping via snail mail, but company is looking for other alternatives with other shipping companies. This company is very young and I'm sure they will be working out the kinks as it grows. The $5 is no longer a "sale" price. It is the new regular price as we would like everyone to able to get a great product at a great price. As far as NO REFUNDS, I am sure if you called the office they will make it right for their customers. Thank you for your questions.

      Delete
    2. They are made in China and then packaged, assembled and shipped out of Texas in the USA.
      Right now the shipping time is a little longer. Keep in mind that Color Street is owned by Incoco, which is a multi million dollar corporation. They sell nail strips under three brands intentionally, and while Color Street (their direct sales line) is fairly new, their company, manufacturing process and production is a long standing well oiled machine. Rarity Nails is a smaller company owned by a couple of simple gals who wanted to empower women to make money, without feeling like they have to spend $200 on a kit and try to sell overpriced nail sets. They also didn't like some of the things about Color Street (like how fragile they are, or that the main company sells identical products at half the price in big box retailers) and wanted to create a new option. So I guess there is some give and take here, like Color Street may be made in America, but you are also supporting a massive multimillionaire, while Rarity has some jobs in china, some in Texas, and is a smaller company as a whole.

      Part of this is that Rarity is still working out kinks (like slower shipping times). BUT I know Rarity is working on it.

      Also as far as the no refund statement they ALWAYS make things right. I have had two situations come up (one where something was missing from an order and one where the set didn't look in real life like it did online and the customer wasn't happy) and in both situations the company was contacted and the situation was made right. I have never had a client receive a defective item, but if they will resolve a color that was brighter than anticipated, I am SURE they would send a replacement item for something defective.

      Delete
  2. Lisa, the company is based in Texas but the product is actually made in China.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Rarity nails are now $5 and will stay $5.... rarity also has the option for priority shipping to get packages sooner... take 5-7 days with normal...

    ReplyDelete
  4. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  5. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Rarity Nail strips are now $5 all the time with an online option of purchase 8, get the 9th free at checkout.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Lisa- although there's no refunds, if you recieve a defective or wrong product, all you have to do is contact them, and they'll send you a code to recieve a free set with no shipping cost.

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for reading and then commenting on my post! I appreciate your support and I hope my blog has been helpful to you! Let me know if you have any beauty related questions or products you'd like reviewed by sending me a message using the contact form on the right (which can not be seen on mobile devices).
-Angela ♥