So this has been awhile coming. Over the last few months, I have been gravitating toward a particular shade of polish – red/berry/coral etc. I thought it was finally time to compare them side by side as I have done in the past. So here we go!
I thought for the longest time I kept buying the same color over and over, but I discovered, I'm actually not!
Although a lot of these colors look similar, they actually have subtle differences and are all special in their own special way!
Just some information to get started with, each of these is show in direct light to show the holo finish and indirect light to show any other characteristics. I used no top coats in this post so you can see each polish's original finish! I've linked to the polishes that are still for sale, identified which are limited edition or a Hella Holo Custom and might not be available for sale at the moment. So let's get started with the first set of five polishes shall we?!?!
First up we have red/coral holos! From left to right is Dreamland Lacquer Out, Damned Clot!, ILNP Closure, Dreamland Lacquer Coral of the Story (an HHC special), Fair Maiden Polish Worth Fighting For and Fair Maiden Polish Rio Carnival (E).
The most similar in holo finishes are the Dreamlands, Out, Damned Clot! and Coral of the story have vivid holo flames but the similarities stop there. Out, Damned Clot! is a classical red (like a Coke bottle), while Coral of the story is a bright pink leaning coral with a bit of an orange flash. Closure and Worth Fighting For are a similar cool leaning red, but their finishes are totally different. Closure has larger holo particles creating a scattered holo finish along with the linear finish and Worth Fighting For has a gorgeous blue flash in indirect lighting. Rio Carnival E is the one that is the most different in this group, being more of a more orange/brown leaning brick red holo polish.
Next up we have some more reds, but these tend to be more on the berry leaning side without acutally being berry! From left to right we have Darling Diva Polish Sexy Mother Fucker, Literary Lacquers For the Rest of Us (an HHC special), Smitten Polish (now Dreamland Lacquer) Kenyan Sunset (another HHC special), Carpe Noctem Cosmetics I Wish You the Berry Best and Darling Diva Polish The Queen Diva (a special with purchase polish).
I think Sexy Mother Fucker is clearly the most classic red of this group, though it is still darker than Out, Damned Clot!, from the last group. For the Rest of Us and Kenyan Sunset look similar in color, but For the Rest of Us has more of a metallic finish and a less visit linear holo finish. I Wish You the Berry Best was the sheerest of this group, and leans just a tad more magenta lighter than the previous two. The Queen Diva is the pinkest of this group, but it has those holo shards that were not so popular and dry really textured (but this was a free with purchase polish I think).
Next up we have our more purple/berry/orchid/magenta holos! From left to right we have Smitten Polish Radiant Orchid, Dreamland Lacquer Dragonberry (an HHC special), Indigo Bananas Polish of Unusual Quality (P.O.U.Q), Painted Polish Mystery Holo Un (a limited edition special) and Fair Maiden Polish Pirate Queen.
The most similar here are Radiant Orchid and Dragonberry, but they are made with a different holo pigment an I think Radiant Orchid leans just a tad more purple while Dragonberry leans just a bit brighter. POUQ is the vampiest of the group an dlooks a bit similar to Pirate Queen, but I think POUQ has a bit more linear holo glow to it. Mystery Holo Un has the most holo pigment in it but also has matching microglitter in its finish.
Now for the final grouping, the vampiest/wine purple holos of the bunch. We all know I have a TON of these colors lying around. And I've spoken about them in previous posts, but these were newer additions to my stash so I thought it was time for their day in the sun! From left to right Cupcake Polish Blood Hound, Firecracker Lacquer The Unbeatable Wand, Literary Lacquers Soul Within Me Burning (The Color Box special), Glam Polish Forbode and Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Evil Live!
Now the first two look similar in color, but Blood Hound is a straight super vivid wine colored holo. The Unbeatable Wand has these red sparks of color in it and dries down to a slightly textured finish. Soul Within Me Burning is more a classic purple leaning vampy wine with a golden glow to it. Forbode has actual golden flakies in it which gives of a super golden flash but dries down completely textured. Evil Live! is the most black leaning of the bunch, but it has a really beautiful muddy red/brown glow to its linear holo finish.
If you are interested in any of my other comparison posts, come check out the Indie Fall Holos, Coral Polish Showdown, Indie Metallic Holos and my vampy holo polish comparisons.
Well that's it for today folks, that sure was a TON of work to type up so I hope I've had a chance to highlight the similarities and the differences between these polishes!!! I'd love to know which color family is your favorite and which of these you think fills a hole in your collection!?