Saturday, 17 September 2011

Nails I Love - Did I Ever Mention I Love Purple ?

Nails I Love

Swatch Comparison - Deep Dark Purples

Hi Goddesses – happy weekend !

Today I’m going to be comparing 4 purples which seem worryingly similar – or are they ?   This is because I am an obsessive, always on the prowl for the “perfect” something, and it wasn’t til I was writing my review of BUTTER LONDON Marrow (here) that I realised I had not 1, not 2, but 3 very similar colours !

So, here they all are – OPI Brake For Manicures (from the new Touring America Collection) on my pinkie, Marrow on my middle finger and thumb, OPI Siberian Nights on my ring finger, and Zoya Pinta on my little finger.

Just before we get to the pics, I deliberately over-exposed a couple of them.  Whilst this makes them look a lot lighter than they really are, it really does help expose the base tones within the polish.

I was really surprised that they weren’t as identical as I thought they would be.  Also, when I wore MARROW in the week, it seemed really dark, but actually it’s the lightest of these 4!

So Marrow, we’ve already spoken about.  A really lovely pure dark purple.  No gimmicks, or blueyness or browness.  Just.  Purple.

OPI Brake for Manicures is actually my least favourite of the 4.  This is a dusty dark-grey-browny purple, and compared to the others, it just looks DARK.  It doesn’t pale in comparison so much as leech itself of all pigmentation.  Compared to the others, this is really drab and disappointing and barely purple at all (which is a real shame as I’d seen some fab photos of it). 

Siberian Nights is black purple.  Really dark, twisted and gothic.  As with all OPIs it’s really shiny, and amazing.  Don’t buy this if you want a purple, only if you want a black-purple.

Finally, Zoya’s Pinta, which was a shade that stopped me in my tracks when I first saw it.  Another VERY dark purple, this sits between Marrow and SN and is definitely dark purple rather than purple-black.  Again, this has a purity to it.

If you’re comparing Pinta and Marrow, Pinta has navy similarities to it, whilst Marrow looks dustier in comparison.

All lovely in their own way, but Brake for Manicures is definitely the runt of this litter!

Enjoy J

Top Tip – if you’re ever unsure what a nail colour looks like, go to Google images, which will give you plenty of contrasts and compares.

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