I don’t know why I continuously let this blog make me feel guilty when I fail to meet my post expectations, but I do. I know the only person who holds me to the daily post standard is myself and you all don’t care whether I post daily, weekly or whenever, just as long as I post! But since I committed to Green September and Halloween October, you’ll get those posts, no matter how long it takes me!
I gotta admit, I was a tad worried when I found Manhattan 85 in my stash the other week. I very vaguely remember picking it up from eBay UK before the Royal Mail crackdown, and then it somehow just ended up in a helmer drawer, forgotten about. What worried me is the fact that I potentially just paid out a lot of money for Streetwear Hippy Dippy and I had a dupe already hiding in my Helmer.
The good news is, while Manhattan 85 is close to Hippy Dippy, it’s not identical. I’ll compare the two later in the post. Manhattan (from what I can gather from Google) is a German drugstore brand, and sadly shade 85 is discontinued. Quick searches of other people’s blog posts about Manhattan 85 give me the name “Rainforest Green” and that it was still available in 2009 and had been for some time before that. I had a quick look on eBay.de and although I couldn’t find a bottle, there was a lot of other Manhattan polish listed so it may be the place to keep an eye out.
Although Hippy Dippy it is not, Manhattan 85 is still ten kinds of awesome. The base is a light teal, filled with golden shimmer, giving the polish a slight multichrome effect on the nail when the blue and green starts to filter through the gold. Formula was a tad on the sheer side, and I used three coats.
I’d probably like it more to NYX Jungle than Streetwear Hippy Dippy, as you can see from the pics below, the base of Hippy Dippy is much brighter and more vibrant teal, but the shimmer is pretty much identical. Close, but not quite there. To be honest, I am pretty relieved about that!
If you aren’t super picky like me, Manhattan 85 (or NYX Jungle for that matter) could make a decent Hippy Dippy Dupe for a fraction of the price, but it’s a gorgeous polish regardless. As for Hippy Dippy… well we might just have to see what Pretty Serious can come up with in the new year…