I know I’ve said it a million and one times before, but if I had to pick an all-time, ‘you can only wear one colour on your nails for the rest of your life’ shade then it would always be Nails Inc Porchester Square. It’s present without being too out there, effortlessly chic, has stood the test of time (well two years of being on top ain’t bad for a lacquer floozy like myself) – it just makes things look polished. The only stumbling block is the price. It won’t set you back as much as a bottle of CHANEL varnish, but the original formula is RRP’ed at £11 and the Gel Effect, £14. Personally I love both; the normal stuff is slightly more opaque but has a difficult to manoeuvre brush, whereas the gel one solves the brush issues with a slightly wider and flatter server, but takes a good coat extra to beef up the colour. I’ve been looking for a dupe for yonks and you know what? I think I’ve found one that mimics it almost spot-on…

…’One of these things is not like the other’ is a ditty that rings true for the picture above. One nail has been layered up with the Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in Porchester Square and the remaining nine with my newly found dupe. Can you spot the odd one out? Nope didn’t think so.

Look closely at my ring finger on my right hand – that’s the Porchester Square tip (+1 eagle-eyed VDM reader point for you if you did spot it). All the others are layered up with Barry M Hi-Shine Gel Effect Nail Paint in Almond and unless I get real close and shine my iPhone light on it, which exposes the fact that Porchester Square is slightly more lilac in undertone and the other’s more beige, in natural light they look like polish twinsies. Basically as long as you don’t take a mani selfie with flash then it’s all cool. I did find Almond to not apply as smoothly and require a bit of extra work to get things looking streak-free, but hey coming in at £3.99 – over £10 less than the gel texture – I’ll take it…

  • Sophie

    Such a great dupe Anna! I’ve wanted to try porchester square for ages now but didn’t want to spend that much incase it didn’t suit me, I’ll have to check out Barry M Almond next time I’m in boots! x


  • A

    Maybe Model’s Own Utopia could be another dupe, it is quite a lilac-toned grey!

  • Pink Elephant Blog

    I have both shades and as similar as they are I still prefer the Nails Inc. one for some reason. I think the formula of it is much nicer…

    Alex | PinkElephantBlog

  • angela

    That colour is so pretttty! I need a shade like that. Great dupe!

    The Sunday Chapter
    Angela xo

  • nueyork

    This is an amazing dupe, good find! I love the colour of Porchester Square but I go through nail phases too quickly to justify the money!

  • Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD.

    Amazing dupe, they look SO similar! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • sophie brewster

    Such a great dupe!

  • Fabugloss

    Love this Barry M polish, I’ve got this colour and think it looks really chic! Love how you have painted one nail with the Nails Inc, I could not tell the difference! x

  • Cindy

    Omg I love the colour! I would probably pick it as a polish I would wear for the rest of my life too, if only either are available here in Australia :(

  • Sophie L Farrell

    I love the Barry M Gelly nail polishes, I think they have such a good finish!


  • Savannah Giersthove

    This colour looks really lovely x

  • PeonyandPeach

    How did I never spot this, I love the Barry M Gelly range! I JUST bought a new bottle of porchchester square as well!! *slaps self on wrist* never mind! May just have to pick this one up anyway!

    Giveaway on my blog :)

  • Lisa

    I adore your dainty ring! x

    A Tiger’s Life

  • Laurel Loves

    Great find! Love the colour, and it’s definitely the perfect dupe!

  • Miss N

    Love the color!! Great dupe

  • Jessica de la Torre

    What a nice color! I should wear nail polish more ofen.

  • Antonella_7694

    Amazing color,I’m kind of in love with it!

  • CassandraMyee

    It’s a shame we don’t have either of these in NZ, this/these colours are incredible! And having you rave about it all the time doesn’t help!

    CassandraMyee | Beauty | Fashion | Life

  • Manouk

    It’s really really similar indeed. Barry M is my favorite! Their polishes would be even more perfect if they had Rimmel’s or Essie’s brushes! x

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait

  • OGBear

    Is the ring finger Porchester Square?;) I bought Almond a few weeks ago after pining for PS for ages, and I had a feeling it would be a dupe! Glad to see I wasn’t wrong, though I think that PS is a touch darker.

    • OGBear

      Gah, shouldn’t have posted before reading the post to the end, but happy to see I guessed correctly…

  • Angela

    Wow I am loving this color, such a pretty everyday nude.

  • jasmine turner

    Gorgeous shades, i love Barry M varnishes!

    xprincessjas | ♥

  • Alice Young

    They look exactly the same! Love finding good dupes!

    The Velvet Black // UK
    Style, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • Kate Wilson
  • Eat.Style.Play

    I love this color. You can barely tell the difference.

  • Ciara Pollock

    I love Barry M’s gelly polishes, and this one looks gorgeous; I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between the two when I looked at them first!

    Ciara x | Ciara Pocket

  • Tanya

    I’m wearing Almond right now and absolutely adore it!

  • Rachel Polansky

    i love this nail polish, looks gorgeous!

  • Daniella

    awesome! so chic



  • emiller1233

    Beautiful color, nice purplely grey!

  • Alice

    Oooh, another to add to the list!
    alicekatex ♥

  • Tilly N

    I picked this up the other day and have been sporting it ever since, it’s such a great colour and I didn’t even realise it was a dupe :).

    Tilly Enn // A Beauty and Fashion Blog

  • marikuska

    thank you for this i have been wanting to try the porchester square for quite some time now but the price has always put me off…needless to say I am going to buy the barry m one right after I finish this comment 😀

  • Grace

    Wow, what a great colour! I’ve never heard of the brand Nails inc, but I really want to try that shade! :)

  • Sara Fleming

    I never thought of this as a dupe, just makes me love it even more now!

  • Nicola Browne

    This is such a beautiful colour! Love that it is a dupe, will definitely be purchasing this.

  • kathleen

    Would never have noticed! Such a pretty colour, I think I might have to purchase that Barry M!

    Kathleen @ Made In The 1990’s.

  • Michelle Glassow

    I love nude nail polishes! They just look so chic :)

    //Michelle from

  • Emily Knott

    I own the barry m one and love it!

  • lisa robb
  • Carly Heath

    I spotted it but you really can’t tell the difference at all. I can’t believe I don’t own this colour – it’s gorgeous!

    Carly |

  • Lauren S

    that is not a bad dupe at all ! if you’re looking for a similar dupe but more grey i really recommend Maybelline Colour Show in Cool Touch – lovely lilac undertone and is the perfect off-white shade

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  • Chelsea Leigh

    Ugh if only they sold Barry M in USA/Canada!

  • Ella Min

    Barry M is the best for nail polishes! Super cheap, yet with a good top coat, they stay on for ages!


  • Shanna Madrazo

    Loving the colour! I have just purchased a few barry
    M nudes myself – mocha, cappuccino, vanilla and lychee! Nude nails are definitely the easiest colours to wear as it goes with everything! Especially for mummy’s like me where planning and taking time on an outfit in the morning is so hard to do

  • Kitty Williams

    The nails inc is one of my all time favourite polishes – so I’m definitly going to be trying out this dupe! Thanks for the pointer :) Xx

    Kitty |

  • Madeleine S-B

    Oooh thanks for letting us know! I love the look of Porchester Square but could never justify buying it as I never finish a nail polish, but I’ll definitely be picking up the Barry M offering! x

  • Emily Orzel

    Now that’s a dupe! Such a pretty gray/ neutral too!

    -Emily |

  • Vinita Preethi

    The nail polish color is neat! – Vinita

  • Kitt Noir

    Ooh pretty dupe! Lovely for Summer x

  • Puri

    love love LOVE Barry M polishes!~ They need to come over to the US, plleeaassee!

  • Jennifer Monforton

    Looks like a great dupe, Anna! I just bought my first-ever Barry M. polishes (Blueberry and Green Berry) and love them both :)

  • Sylvia

    I love how Porchester Square manages to look like a slightly different colour on everyone. On you, it leans a little purple while on my fingers, it leans more on the beige side. Talk about a MVP little nail star!


  • Leannemariexo

    Great dupe. Thanks for sharing Anna!

    ​Leanne @ Leanne-Marie

  • Lucy Alex

    Love this dupe, I’ve wanted to buy Porchester Square for ages! xx

  • Lina Khalifa

    Love this post! Will definitely grab the Barry M nailpolish next time I stop by boots x

    L&L from sisterblend

  • Stephanie
  • Silke Laura

    Pretty colour! I love a good grey neutral, and for 4 pounds it’s quite the bargain! x

  • thatsfetch

    I love this color, can’t believe I haven’t come across it yet. Love your ring too!

  • Sirens and Bells

    I had no idea the two were so similar, I shall definitely be picking Almond up!

  • victoria

    gosh, this color is stunning ! :)

  • Jade

    great dupe, definitely picking this up!

    Jade x
    Beauty Butterfly | UK Beauty Blog

  • Food, Fash, Fit

    Nice dupe, what a perfect match!

  • Kasia Bielec

    such a lovely colour! :)

  • FashandRoll

    I love the colour. :)

  • Sabiha