DUPES?! Essie Go Ginza vs. KL Polish Hug & Roll

Hi loves! Mid week already!! How is your week going thus far? Mine is going great, really busy with some projects I have underway. Today I’m sharing a DUPES post as per special request by one of my YouTube subbies, Megan. Have you subscribed to my channel yet? If not, you can check it out here. She requested a comparison between Essie’s Go Ginza and KL Polish’s Hug & Roll. Let’s take a look.


This is a soft cherry blossom pink. It is streaky and patchy and took 3 coats to reach full opacity and cover up the nail evenly. The formula isn’t the greatest but it is quite a beauty!

It is originally from the Spring 2013 Madison Ave-Hue Collection.


This is a white creme with a dot of red which creates a pastel strawberry milkshake color. Kathleen describes this as a pastel lavender but it looks more pink to me. Formula was a bit thick on this one. Streaky on the first coat but it was fully opaque on the 2nd coat.

This beauty is from Kathleen Light’s brand new Spring 2017 Collection.

Now let’s compare side by side!



These two are similar but definitely not DUPES. Hug & Roll has more white in it than Go Ginza. The formulas are also polar opposites. Go Ginza is streaky, patchy and kind of difficult to work with while Hug & Roll is super smooth, applies well, and is opaque in 2 easy coats. The brushes are also super different:

Which do you prefer? The skinny long essie brush or the short wide paddle KL Polish brush?

Price & Size

essie retails for $9 USD and KL Polish retails for $8.50 USD so there isn’t much of a difference there. It really depends on which formula or brush you prefer. Polish size, you get 13.5mL with essie and 12 mL with KL Polish.


Thanks to Megan for the comparison request! If you guys ever have any DUPES requests just send me a message or comment on any of my social media platforms and I’ll do my best to fit your request in!