Chanel Peridot Dupe: OPI Just Spotted the Lizard Comparison, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Peridot Dupe

Chanel Peridot Dupe

Chanel Peridot caused quite the stir when it launched. It was a new, dynamic color that no one seemed to have in their collections. It is multidimensional, having four shades (gold, bronze, green, blue) making up its multichrome effect. I wouldn’t describe the finish as shimmer, but as metallic. People drooled over its chic packaging, and gorgeous depth of color. What they didn’t drool over was the hefty $25 price tag that it carries.

Some time after its release companies began to release their own Chanel Peridot dupe. I am not about to go buy them all, but I did purchase one (I had a coupon to use with my order, so why not?). OPI Just Spotted the Lizard is touted as a dupe, and really it is. There are a few minor differences between them, which I will cover, but you can click the links within this blog post to check out the individual reviews for the polishes.


  • Packaging – I find the brush handle easier to use on the OPI polish versus the Chanel. It just fits in my hand more comfortably.
  • Cost – The OPI polish is $8.50 for 15 ml, and the Chanel is $25 for 13 ml.
  • Formula – OPI is a bit thin, and Chanel has a nice, medium consistency.
  • Application – Both polishes are prone to showing brush strokes, but more so the Chanel polish.
  • Pigmentation – Chanel is a bit more pigmented. It is opaque in 2 coats, and the OPI needs 3 coats.
  • Multichrome Effect – The Chanel polish is ever so slightly more subtle then the OPI, though most people will not even notice it.

Both polishes have pros and cons and only you know what major selling points meet your needs, but hopefully this helped you decide if you want the original or to seek out the dupe.

Which formula do you prefer, the original or a dupe?


Chanel Peridot

Chanel Peridot with flash

OPI Just Spotted the Lizard

OPI Just Spotted the Lizard with flash

Chanel Peridot

Chanel Peridot diffused light

OPI Just Spotted the Lizard

OPI Just Spotted the Lizard diffused flash

Chanel Peridot

Chanel Peridot diffused light

OPI Just Spotted the Lizard

OPI Just Spotted the Lizard diffused light

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Written by Leticia

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  1. Amy · July 29, 2012

    Beautiful color! I think that I’ll definitely be checking out the OPI since it is way more wallet-friendly than the Chanel.
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  2. Ally@AestheticLA · July 29, 2012

    Chanel Peridot is my absolute favorite shade of Chanel nail polish. Thanks so much for an excellent dupe! (My only complaint with Chanel is the really obvious brushstrokes… to know OPI is less severe is a major plus!!!)
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  3. Beauty and the Scientist · July 29, 2012

    I can’t tell the difference so it’s a good thing I have the OPI version :)
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  4. Samantha · July 29, 2012

    YAY!! Was waiting for this post! Definitely agree that Chanel handles are not as ‘user friendly’ as OPI. I think it’s a really good dupe. It’s hard to tell the difference unless you see them side by side. When I saw my coworker with the OPI color on, I thought it was Chanel.
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  5. Liesl (lieslloves) · August 3, 2012

    I don’t think I’ll ever tire of looking at this color. I was ready to shell out for the Chanel, as Lizard is nowhere to be found in my city, but then the China Glaze dupe came along… As for formula, I’ve never tried Chanel polishes. I will say that the name is a bit of an influence, and I might have gone with Chanel over OPI anyway, just because Peridot is a much prettier name. So silly, right?!

  6. Krystle (Baking Beauty) · August 5, 2012

    That is really close! Nail polishes never last long on me, so I’d never be willing to spend $25. Wouldn’t mind trying the opi though, thanks for the comparison!
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