When I first bought China Glaze ‘First Mate’ I thought it looked very similar to another nautical polish I own – Nina Ultra Pro ‘Sailor’. In a side by side comparison you can see that there are definitely similarities, but they are far from dupes.
First Mate is a dustier navy, while Sailor is leaning more towards purple. They both have very nice formula, and cover in two coats. I don’t have a top coat on, so you can see that the finish is similar on both – nice and glossy.
My personal preference, if I had to choose, would be China Glaze First Mate. It’s just that little bit prettier in my opinion!