China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy vs. Models Own Beach Bag

Thursday, 17 April 2014

With the recent release of Models Own Polish for Tans collection (post here), there has been a lot of buzz between the similarities between polish lovers favourite Flip Flop Fantasy by China Glaze.

As you can see from the bottles, they're very similar looking polishes, but they're not dupes. They're both bright, neon coral polishes but the differences between them are marked enough to warrant having both polishes in your collection.

Flip Flop Fantasy (FFF) is stunning. I used 3 coats on it's own with topcoat for the photo below.

Beach Bag (BB) is also gorgeous. I used 1 coat over white, no topcoat for the photo below.

Side by side you start to see the difference, only slightly though. It should be noted that these polishes are very bright and because of this my camera has trouble capturing their true shade. However these photos are as good as I can get.
However under UV the difference is a lot clearer. There is far more neon pigment in FFF and I think this is because BB is a creamier, more pastel neon polish.

Bottle size: 14ml in both.
Formula: FFF is thin but tricky first coat and has the tendency to drag if you don't wait for it to be completely dry. BB is thick but easy to use.
Application:on their own = 3 coats for FFF vs. 2 coats for BB.
Price: FFF varies depending on where you buy from but you can get it for about £4 from various online stores including Nail Polish Direct & Beauty Bay. BB is £5 but often in promotional sales in shops & on the Models Own website.
Overall I have a huge amount of love for both these polishes and am so glad they both grace my collection.
I have seen a new formula FFF which appears to be a lot more pink. Its also very pretty but nothing like the original. Why is it that these companies mess around with perfection?
Have you got either of these polishes? Which do you prefer?


  1. I do have FFF and I've got Beach Bag on the way :). Great comparison post x

    1. I can't wait for you to get your Polish for Tans collection. You'll love them and I want to see what amazing nail art you'll do xx

  2. I was really curious how the two polishes compare. Thanks so much for the info! Now I am glad I got Beach Bag, when I picked up the others in this collection.

  3. I'm curious, which version of FFF do you have? The 2nd version (the one after the original) or the third (the one that leans more peach)?

    1. I don't know which version as it was a gift. It's def more coral than pink so it's not the original.


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