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.


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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.


41 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?

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    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.

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    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.

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

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  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...

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

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  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.

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  8. Are Rarity nails really free of 17 ingredients like they claim? You checked their ingreds head to head and found them to be pretty equal but NOT "17 Free"

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    1. So the "17 free" is a little silly because they are free of all 17 ingredients listed, BUT a lot of the ones listed (like arsenic and mercury) are not ingredients commonly found in nail polish, but are also not in these strips. The only ingredient some consider toxic that Rarity Nails are free of that some f their competitors are not is Triphenyl Phosphate, which has been linked to disruption of the endocrine system (which causes cancer).

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  9. How can you verify that both products are 100% Nail Polish? Do they dry out when left outside of their packages? If they don't, then they are not 100% Nail Polish.

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    1. They do both dry out when left outside of their packaging! But I also looked up each ingredient to verify that it is commonly found in other nail polishes. I was very careful with this because I know other company reps have said Rarity isn't 100% polish, so I did my own research and found that to be untrue.

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    2. I think it's important to make sure that you know the details behind each product. I was looking into selling Rarity and did some back work to find information about the nails. I found it interesting that many reviews pointed out that Rarity and Color Street could not be as similar as Rarity claims or there would be legal action. Any ideas on what the big difference is?

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    3. Me too! I did a lot of research and studying on this product, as I mentioned. If you follow my blog regularly you will find that I am a major nerd when it comes to knowing exactly what ingredients are in my products and what they do!

      I have looked at Fa Parks U.S. Patents and they are mostly for the actual technology used to create the Color Street Strips and the machinery. He has a patent on the formula of his polish strips, but not one for all polish strips in general. Otherwise there could already be legal action. If Rarity were making false claims that infringed on his patent they could absolutely sue.

      Just like there are tons of brands of nail polish and hair care and lotions, that all have different ingredients, but are all legal to sell, Color Street and Rarity have different formulas too! But just because OPI and Essie have different formulas doens't mean one of them isn't really nail polish.

      You can look up the ingredients lists on each person's site. Here is a link to Rarity's Ingredients
      https://raritynails.com/ingredients/?sp_name=AngelaWoodward

      And Color Streets
      https://www.colorstreet.com/3001/ingredients

      And by doing a little research yo can find that while the formulas are very different they both contain polish ingredients. The best thing about Rarity is at $5 it's really easy to just give them a try. But a set or two, and wear them and see for yourself if you like them and their quality. I you do sign up! If you don't move on. Color Street is $13 per set to try, but you can buy Incoco for only $7 at Target and Ulta which is the exact same product and ingredients form the same company for cheaper in big box retailers. Then you can compare the quality for yourself.

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  10. I'm sorry but this review should be removed now that you are selling one of the products. This is just an act to sale more nails of one kind. I was totally buying the whole review and was fixing to purchase Rarity Nails until I saw the Disclosure at the end....might be honest and put that at the top. So not cool!

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    1. I am sorry you feel that way. It is SUPER common for beauty bloggers to make kickbacks with affiliate links, and I actually tell people to see if they have friends or family to buy from first. I first posted this after trying Rarity Nails before selling them, but about three weeks later I added my own link because I loved the product so much I wanted to sell them! I do A LOT of brand battles, and this is the only time one of them have included a product I loved enough to sell! You can see my link to the Jamberry Vs Color Street post at the top of this. I was a fan of both and used Jamberry for a while until Color Street came along, and I wrote a post comparing the two, and I never sold Color Street. Loving something enough to sell it does not make me biased, if anything it shows how much I stand behind and believe in this product.

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    2. I agree, it should be removed as it is not an unbiased blog. A head to head review should only be done by those who have no benefit to either product.

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    3. I understand why you both feel that way. As I said earlier, I originally wrote this post before I decided to sell the product, and that was the case for over a month after it was posted. If you feel me loving the product enough to sell it means my opinion is invalid, that is fine. I have done multiple head to head reviews, and this is the first time I've ever started selling something I reviewed. To me that's a bonus! Most bloggers have affiliate links and make kickbacks for reviews and purchases made through their blog or youtube channels. It's part of how we make revenue on our blogs, and why we do what we do.

      What MOST won't do, is tell their readers about the kickbacks or affiliation. I'm all about transparency, so I will always tell my readers. But I will not be removing the post.

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  11. And you are just attacking one of the companies in other posts...this is not an unbiased beauty blog...if it was you wouldn't be deleting comments that go against what you have said. http://www.beautyblogbyangela.com/2018/07/color-street-scandal.html

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    1. I haven't deleted a single comment on this post or the one you linked to. There are a couple of deleted comments on here bu they all say "removed by the author" which means, the person who original wrote the comment deleted it, not me. I rarely delete comments on my blog, it hurts my SEO and would be a poor business choice for me. When I do it's usually a spam post that says "thanks for the info, click here to learn more about this product" and when you click there you wind up on a porn site or something else unsavory.

      I would like to point out that that post does not bash Color Street, it talks about information I found and wanted my readers to be aware of, and was written LONG before I had ever heard of Rarity Nails. A direct quote from the end of that post is "o here is the deal - if you love color street, I still recommend you buy from your friends who you'd love to support. But I'd be lying if I said I am not going to start snagging Second Nature instead of Giza Sands (my go-to right now) because it's cheaper, more accessible, and doesn't require me to pay shipping." That doesn't sound like bashing to me. The only real scandal was that the company was competing against it's own distributors and undercutting them. That's not a company I would want to sign up to sell for personally, and I wanted others who to know that information. But I still love Color Street products and I even still wear them! One of my besties sells Color Street and we buy from each other all the time.

      I'd also like to point out that I wasn't bashing Color Street in it's stand alone review in which I gave it 4 stars!
      https://www.beautyblogbyangela.com/2017/07/review-color-street-nails.html

      Or this brand battle where it beat out Jamberry
      https://www.beautyblogbyangela.com/2017/07/color-street-vs-jamberry.html

      Or this one where it was listed as one of my 2018 New Years Crushes
      https://www.beautyblogbyangela.com/2018/01/new-year-crushes.html

      Or this one where they are listed as one of my new favorite Multi Taskers
      https://www.beautyblogbyangela.com/2018/05/multitasking-beauty-products.html

      This blog is about me trying new tings and sharing my findings with my readers. I had MANY people ask me to compare Color Street and Rarity Nails, so I did. And I did so honestly. I also was honest with my readers when I joined the company (post review). To some, the fact that I love it enough to join may be a good sign for how great these are! To others it discredits my review, but what can you do? You can't make everyone happy!

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  12. Not unbiased at all. All you have to do is smell Rarity nails to know they are not 100% nail polish like Color Street is.

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    1. May I ask what 'smell' you are talking about? Is it that chemical smell that most nail polishes have? Just asking as I have 'regular' nail polishes that doesn't have any of the chemicals in them, and they don't have a smell. I actually have Color Street on my nails right now, and I did not notice any smell when my friend applied them.
      Anyway, any information is appreciated as I'm looking into the Rarity Nails to try. Thank you in advance!

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    2. It is true that Rarity Nails can sometimes have a stronger scent.95% of the time I think they smell just like nail polish, same as color street. But once i and while I get a set that is stronger for sure. But it still smells like polish.

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    3. They are vacuum sealed so they stay fresh, they smell just as polish would. If you left them open to dry out the smell would be gone, along with the elasticity. Ingredients don't lie. The polish smell tells me they ARE polish.

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  13. Would you share what you learned in your research about the ingredient Dipentaerythritol Hexa acrylate?

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    1. Absolutely! Dipentaerythritol Hexa acrylate is a monomer. A monomer is a super tiny molecule that, when exposed to oxygen, binds with other identical molecules to create a polymere. Polymeres harden the material they are in. Monomers and polymeres are in pretty much every liquid to solid thing out there, including poured plastics, acrylic nail enhancements, gel polish and classic nail polish! AS well as hairspray, gel and many other beauty products. You can just google "does nail polish have monomer in it?" and you will see that the answer is YES!

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  14. In my opinion You get what you pay for! There is no way that this could possibly be a top quality product at $5.00! How could the company possibly make any money at all after they pay to have the product designed, created, shipped, packaged and shipped again! And then pay your for the packaging itself, and pay your stylists a commission, and provide their website for free! How in the world would Rarity make any money at all?!? If you’re not making money, you can’t make improvements and upgrades! I cry foul!!

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    1. Actually, Color Street is owned by a larger corporation called Incoco. Incoco sells the same exact strips with slightly different designs under the name "Incoco" at Ulta and Target. They also have a third line called Coconut, that is sold in Walmarts and discount retailers for only $5. And when a company sells to a retailer, the retailer purchases it in mass for less than half the MSRP most of the time. Meaning Incoco is making money of these strips selling them to Walmart for only $2.50 or less. The practice of repacking items and selling them at various price points with different marketing is super common, especially in the beauty industry. You have to know your ingredients in order to really know what you are getting, because paying for more doesn't always mean paying for better.

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    2. You may be interested in learning more about Color Street's sister companies in this article
      http://www.beautyblogbyangela.com/2018/07/color-street-scandal.html

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    3. You might also like this post going over some ways you can learn about other ingredients in your products, and how you can learn more about what you are using.
      http://www.beautyblogbyangela.com/2018/09/how-to-learn-about-your-beauty-products.html

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    4. You can sell a million of a product making .10 each and make thousands.
      Or you could sell a few thousand of something making dollars and make thousands.
      I make earrings that I sell for $6. Other crafters sell the same for $12-$15. We both still make money.

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    5. Just because I can get a Coke at McDonalds for $1.00 doesn’t mean that the quality is any different than the Pepsi at KFC for $1.89. It’s essentially the same product, but different prices. Some people prefer KFC and are willing to pay more, some would rather go the cheapest route at McDonalds. Both are great.

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  15. I strongly disagree with Color Street being easy to remove. They were IMPOSSIBLE for me to remove with nail polish remover, (the glitter ones). The solids were a little easier, but they stained my Nails and fingers! They also ruined my nails. Several have broke and chipped. Rarity Nails is way better. Just saying.

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    1. How crazy! Everyone has a different experience I suppose. :)

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    2. I have had a terrible time getting the glitter ones off from colorstreet. It turned to sticky tar but i love the nails. May go sell rarity since there is no quota. Love the review thank you

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  16. The information which you have shared was very informative, you should also try writing on eyebrow embroidery as it is in demand amongst many ladies. Eyebrow embroidery

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  17. Incoco is actually the beginning of Color Street, created by the same person. The products in the retail stores is made by the same people, but their designs are not switched out as often. Color Street's founder/CEO is the only one who actually has the PATENT for 100% polish, and could be a legal issue . As far as price, $5 may be good, but they have a buy 8 get 1 free. And that's pretty much the same as a B3G1 free through Color Street.
    MADE IN THE USA says A LOT!
    But we all have our opinions, and that's just mine. We can all come to our own conclusion and decide which we like better. Have a great day :)

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  18. Thank you for your review! I am going to share this on my business page for any ladies that still have questions regarding the two dueling brands!

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  19. ?m impressed, I must say. Really rarely do I encounter a blog that?s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your idea is outstanding; the issue is something that not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this.you can get amazing service of ISO 11612 from daletec.com with nice stuff which are the best Fire resistant fabric of all over the world.

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  20. Color Street made in the USA...your definitely going to get what you pay for....I love Color Street and will never switch to any knock off

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