Thursday, January 15, 2009

Reader Requests: Comparison Swatches Part 1

Hi everyone!

Hope you all are having a wonderful day so far. My recent posting of spring collections from Zoya, Essie and OPI inspired many of you to write me and request comparison swatches. I am happy to oblige! If you do not see the swatches posted that you requested, do not fret. I will be bringing you more comparison swatches in the next week or so. As always, feel free to e-mail me (nailpolishfan@gmail.com) anytime or just leave a comment if you would like to see a comparison swatch. If I have it, I'll swatch it! If I don't, I'll let you know.

First up, we have OPI Feelin' Hot Hot Hot! and OPI Party In My Cabana, both from their new South Beach collection:

OPI Feelin' Hot Hot Hot! is on my pinky and middle fingers. OPI Party In My Cabana is on my ring and index fingers. As you can see, Feelin' Hot Hot Hot! is a bit lighter and brighter than OPI Party In My Cabana. PIMC is slightly darker and dustier than FHHH (excuse my abbreviations, I get tired of typing the long names over and over again). I prefer OPI Feelin' Hot Hot Hot! out of the two, but if you love pinks, of course they are different enough to justify purchasing both.

Next, we have China Glaze Pink Underground from the fall 2008 Operation Colour collection and Zoya Barbie from their latest collection, Twist:

China Glaze Pink Underground is on my middle and pinky fingers. Zoya Barbie is on my ring and index fingers. Both Pink Underground and Barbie are pinks with a similar magenta shimmer, only Pink Underground is darker. Personally, I prefer China Glaze Pink Underground. But again, if you love your pinks, go ahead and get Zoya Barbie even if you already have China Glaze Pink Underground.

Moving right along to Zoya Harley (spring 2009 Twist collection) and Sephora by OPI Run With It!:

Zoya Harley is on my pinky and middle fingers. Sephora by OPI Run With It! is on my ring and index fingers. Clearly you can see the difference between these too, Harley is a cool toned grey shimmer and RWI has a golden look to it. Funny, before swatching these two side by side, I always knew that RWI was a warmer grey, but I never thought of it as golden. I don't think I will ever think of Run With It as grey again.

Finally, Zoya Harley and OPI "Sheer" Your Toys!:

Zoya Harley is on my pinky and middle fingers. OPI "Sheer" Your Toys! is on my ring and middle fingers. Wow! I never thought that these two would look so similar! You can see that SYT has a bit of a more blue or steel tone to it. Both nail polishes have similar copper flecks, but the ones in Harley are finer and more of a shimmer. The copper flecks in "Sheer" Your Toys are larger, chunkier, and more noticeable. Click the picture to enlarge it so you can see what I am talking about. Again though, I am very surprised at how similar the two of these are. If you are on a low/no buy right now, I really don't think you need both of these. But if you are a grey lover, you'll probably still want both.

That wraps up this round of comparison swatches. I'll have more coming soon! 

Also, just wanted to remind all of you about my random giveaways. I am cleaning out my stash of nail polishe, the unopened ones, and you guys are going to benefit from it! Every now and then, when I am in a random mood, I am going to randomly pick an e-mail subscriber to win the unopened nail polish of my choice. If you are not an e-mail subscriber yet, you should definitely sign up. Just enter your e-mail address in the box below to subscribe.

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Ok, gotta run... talk to you all later! (it's 75 and sunny outside)

xoxo,
Katee

13 comments:

  1. Yea! I was really wanting Harley - and am, of course, on a very low buy right now - and... I already have Sheer Your Toys! Yahoo! THANK YOU SO MUCH for this comparison.

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  2. Hi Katee!

    Can you do a swatch comparison of OPI Miami Beat and Zoya Moxi?
    Thanks!

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  3. Karina - woo hoo! happy to help!!

    Maria - Sure! I already have that one in the works :)

    xoxo,
    Katee

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  4. Thanks for the FHHH & PINMC comparisons! (I don't like writing full names out either!)
    If you wouldn't mind, could we see a comparison of Essie's Eternal Optimist and OPI's Tickle my France-y?
    I'm on a lower budget now, so I'm trying not to buy dupes:)
    Thanks,
    Tess

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  5. With the Zoya polish exchange, do you know if it matters what the size the bottle is? I have a couple small bottles from Ulta that came with a kit that I would love to trade out. The form doesn't say anything about the bottles having to be full size. Thanks!

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  6. Hey Tessa! That combo - tickle & and eternal - are already on my "to do" list :) no prob!

    Katrina - you can exchange mini's, top coats, etc. no prob!

    xoxo,
    Katee

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  7. Ohhh the Harley looks amazing.
    *adds to must-buy list*

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  8. tarotbydianaJanuary 16, 2009

    I am so amused OPI put two colors in the same collection that are so close!

    Thanks so much for the Harley comparisons especially. I wasn't expecting such a difference between Harley and Run With It.

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  9. Thank you for these great comparison swatches. I have been lemming a lot of the new spring colours, and your swatches will make choosing and buying so much easier. In my neck of the woods I only have access to OPI and Essie and thanks to your pics my lemming of Zoya Harley can now be fulfilled by OPI Sheer your toys!

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  10. Suzanne - yup! it's nice.

    Tarotbydiana - my thought exactly on both.

    Hanneri - glad to be of service!

    xoxo,
    Katee

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  11. so glad i found your blog, im def picking up sephora's run with it now :)

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  12. Great comparisons, thank you!

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  13. Hey! When I got the Party in my Cabana its totally different. It's more like a hot hot pink rather than a softer hot pink. Weird..

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Hi! Thanks very much for taking the time to comment! I welome your feedback and will be sure to comment back, especially if you have a question :)