Luxe vs. Less Nail Polish

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Red

Nars Nail Polish in Dovima, $16, brightens nails with the punchy color of market-fresh cherry tomatoes -- perfect for hot summer days. But Bobbi Brown Nail in Tomato Opaque, $8.50, gets the job done just as well for half the price. (The catch: Bobbi Brown polishes are also half the size of Nars bottles.)

Bare

We think putting nail polish in a pump-able pen is genius. But the gorgeous YSL Nail Touch Nail Lacquer Brush Pen No. 2 costs a whopping $25. If you can sacrifice the luxurious gold packaging, Sally Hansen Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Color Pen comes in the same shade, Sheer Beige, and works the same way for only $7.99.

Copper

Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Bronze Goddess (left) will give your nails the glowing tan of a Brazilian beach goddess -- for $18. But L

Rose

You really can

24 Karat Gold

We thought we

Plum Shimmer

From time to time, brands launch limited edition colors like MAC Nail Lacquer in Boom!, $10, which sell out almost immediately. No need to panic in this case. Sephora Brand Nail Polish 52 (right), $4, comes in a smaller bottle but looks almost exactly the same after two coats. (Shhh.)

Blues

Despite treks to stores throughout the city, we couldn

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Tired of waiting for another shipment of high-end, exclusive polish? We found plenty of other spring/summer debuts to rave about -- and searched high and low for budget-friendly look-a-likes. Try these comparisons on for size, then post your look-alike suggestions on our community page.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Total Beauty

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