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Yes they’re all red… no they’re not the same

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. 
RedComparison2First 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!

RedComparison3At 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!


9 comments on “Yes they’re all red… no they’re not the same

  1. Laurie Lovett-Parsons
    November 10, 2013

    You’re absolutely right not all reds are the same. My personal favorite you did is Nails Inc Pavilion Road. Great job stamping. The gold against the red really looks nice… I don’t have any of those particular colors but if I looked I probably could come up with something close. And no, it is not bad to want more. I want more. Maybe someday I will say my collection is complete and I will move on to something else but I am not there yet. Right now, I am really enjoying adding to my collection and seeking out unique polishes and polish makers.

    • pocketmoneypolishes
      November 10, 2013

      Thanks lovely! I used to find it annoying if I bought polishes that looked similar but now I love the differences. I also find it interesting how putting different polishes together brings out colours – Saville Row and Pavillion Road definitely come out with purple tones in this comparison but I have always thought of them as more red.
      I bet your collection is amazing!

  2. Anna Bean
    November 10, 2013

    Love the leafy stamping! Of the five, Savile Row is actually my favourite – it was the first polish I ever blogged about (although by no means my first ever polish)! 🙂 xx

    • pocketmoneypolishes
      November 10, 2013

      I love them all – I feel like I need to leap to their defense when people choose between them. I know someone on ATN commented that Victoria should have been swatched too – now there is a dark red polish I love, I think it’s the first NI polish that really made me like the brand.

  3. debbie jarman
    November 10, 2013

    haven’t got any of these, but I like them all except maybe the thumb, too orange for me – I don’t have a lot of reds – still find red a bit scary unless its nearly black or covered in glitter 🙂

    • pocketmoneypolishes
      November 10, 2013

      lol Golden Gate does look a little like that red you had the other day now that you mention it. Red’s great 😀 I’m a big fan (in case anyone missed that).

  4. Catherine Dream
    November 13, 2013

    I lurv this post! I really do.
    I only have one OPI red, but it’s is awesome! Nailporn yay.
    I get REAL defensive when someone says, ‘that’s about enough polishes, don’t you think?’
    I’m like +$€>^#*¥ off! MY PRECIOUS POLISHES, MY CHOICE.

    • pocketmoneypolishes
      November 13, 2013

      LOL you should have seen me out in the shops today, I’ve developed a new way to convince myself I need a polish ‘that looks like x… i must get it so I can compare’. >.< It's unhealthy…

      • Catherine Dream
        November 13, 2013

        But it’s so prettttttyy…. *.* : )
        Hey, we’re collectors. That’s what it is.

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