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So the inevitable happened and my dad asked why I needed more polish… as a collector of thigns himself you would think he would understand. To be fair to him, he does to a very good job of taking an interest most of the time so don’t judge too harshly.
As I had such a good response to my post about Haven’t the Foggiest and the comparison there, I thought I would compare some of my gorgeous reds as I have been on quite the splurge lately. All of these polishes have a lovely shiney and even application – I recommend them all highly, none of them are super stainers either although I recommend always wearing a base coat with any dark and pigmented polish (at the moment I am still adoring OPI Natural Nail Base Coat). A super quick apology about the uneven lengths of my nails but I am attempted to grow everything out after breaks and trims and I’m in that awkward betweeny stage where nothing is quite the right length and I don’t want to file and lose any of my growth.
First up I compared my autumn reds – Skyfall and Lost on Lombard seem only a shade different in the bottle but on the nail you can see they’re significantly different. As you can see the two reds from this years San Francisco collection are both beautiful and different – I have never seen them swatched next to each other so thought this was an excellent opportunity – there is something golden about the red… it’s not orange based, it’s gold based (not in a shimmery/metallic way). Does that make sense? Just trust me. Beautiful crunchy leaf red. Lost on Lombard is slightly more blue/purple in comparison but is still definitely red, I think there is a slight dustiness to it which is lovely and classic. To conclude – none of these are dupes and it’s absolutely ok to have all of them!
Looking through my collection I pulled out a couple of Nails Inc polishes which I thought looked a little bit familiar… nananananananananananannanana DUPE TEST!
At first glance I thought that these polishes were going to be doppelgangers but again they’re all a little bit different. I used two coats of all of these polishes and on the first coat Nails Inc Saville Row and OPI Skyfall looked very close but with the second coat of Saville Row the colour really deepened and the purple tones came through – it is definitely a number of shades darker than any of the polishes seen here. Now Pavillion Road and Lost on Lombard could well be siblings but there is more red in Lombard and again you can see the dustiness in the colour and the slightly more berry tones of Pavillion Road. Now if you’re not embracing the ALL THE POLISHES motto you might be happy just owning one of these two polishes – to most people they are going to look pretty close and as the RRP of these polishes is around £11 then for the sake of your pocket, it’s ok to just have one. On the other hand, I did not pay anywhere near that for either of these polishes thanks to bargain hunting on nail sale groups and watching for sales on retail pages (such as Nail Polish Direct, Fragrance Direct, Beauty Bay, Very, ASOS, Amazon, QVC and Chemist Direct), so should you want both – where there is a will there is a way.
ALL TOGETHER NOW! These polishes would probably create a stunning red toned autumn ombre manicure, but I quite like this more mixed up skittle. With the change of seasons on the brain I added some stamped leaves from one of my Bundle Monster plates in Barrym Gold Foil.
Do you own any of these colours? Do you have a favourite? Are there any other similar reds you can think of? Is it bad that I still want more?! Let me know with a comment below!