March 13, 2014

Mega [Comparison]: Smokey Purple Taupes & Mauves!



Because so many brands have been releasing taupes & smokey mauves recently (OPI's Brazil collection, Zoya's Naturel collection (in fact, we'll be looking at a few of those polishes), and Orly's Blush collection come to mind.), I was inspired to do a mega-comparison of some of the "dusty" purple taupes & mauves in my stash!

Also, I think every nail polish enthusiast goes through a taupe phase at some point, so you can see that I've accumulated quite a few! This comparison will focus only on cremes, and I've pulled as many as I could that are very similar- at least in the bottle.

The contenders:



As you can see above, the shades form a bit of a spectrum, so we'll be looking at them in three separate groupings, which I think will make the most sense. 

The first group- the true smokey purple taupes!


left to right: Orly- Country Club Khaki, Formula X for Sephora- Perfection, Revlon- Stormy, Nicka K- Classic Taupe, Illamasqua- Stagnate, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure- Commander In Chic, Zoya- Normani, Misa- Coffee Pick Me Up

Now, the swatches aren't in the same sequence as the bottles, since some of them look slightly different in/out of the bottle, hence the labeling.  I tried to present them in some kind of color order, but the camera did reveal minute differences which were hard to observe with the naked eye!

Indoor, artificial light:


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It is easy to tell right away that Orly- Country Club Khaki is an outlier, being much, much lighter than the rest of this group.

The three in the middle- Zoya- Normani, Sally Hansen CSM- Commander In Chic, and Formula X for Sephora- Perfection- may as well be dupes.  It is near impossible to tell them apart in person, although in photos I think that Commander In Chic is slightly more brown/ less purple than the other two. Perfection and Normani are perfect duplicates, I think!

Illamasqua- Stagnate and Nicka K- Classic Taupe (from an Ipsy bag, actually seems very high quality/ nice formula, ect.) are both browner than the rest (although not dupes themselves), and Revlon- Stormy is much greyer once it's out of the bottle.  Misa- Coffee Pick Me Up is surprisingly the most purple-leaning here!

Outside, shade:


A lot of those look incredibly similar in most lighting!

Next, here are the three most purple-saturated hues. Next to all the others in this comparison, these look like three crazy outliers, but if you put any of them next to a real purple, you would see that they're super faded with a taupey(?), greyed-out quality:


left to right: Misa- Fashionista, Zoya- Odette, Illamasqua- Velocity

Indoor, artificial light:


I thought Illamasqua- Velocity and Zoya- Odette were going to be much more similar than they actually are, just looking at the bottles! But, you can see that Velocity leans cool in comparison to Odette.  Misa- Fashionista is like a much lighter version of Odette.

Outside, shade:

(I accidentally bungled up the order above! It was really windy, and my little backdrop and swatch sticks were flying all over the place!)


At any rate, clearly no dupes here!


Last, here are the warmer-toned mauvey colors. I wouldn't necessarily call them taupe, especially at the far end of the spectrum, but they all do have a dusty faded [warm] plum/nude aspect:


left to right: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure- Plum's The Word, Essie- Island Hopping, Zoya- Brigitte, Illamasqua- Jan, Zoya- Rue, Barielle- Belly Dance, China Glaze- Dress Me Up, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure- Mudslide

These mostly are in bottle sequence, aside from the two on the far right...

Indoor, artificial light:

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No exact dupes here either! Illamasqua- Jan immediately stands out as the most pink, and Sally Hansen CSM- Plum's The Word is clearly much darker than all of the others, although it and Essie- Island Hopping look extremely similar in the bottle. Island Hopping and Zoya- Brigitte are close, like I've mentioned before, but Brigitte has a lighter color value.

Next to Barielle- Belly Dance,  Brigitte (which has a similar value) is slightly pinker. China Glaze- Dress Me Up, the popular mauvey-nude from the Hunger Games collection, is the darker version of Belly Dance.  It's value is similar to Brigitte, but it is much warmer-toned.

Sally Hansen CSM- Mudslide is kind of its own beast here: it's much more of a traditional nude than any of the others.


Outside, shade:

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And, that's it folks! I really thought I was going to find more duplicates or at least near-misses! I do have some smokey taupes to sort through.

I'll probably add the Nicka K one to my Cull/ deStash list since I've never used it (but oh god, the bottle is pretty!), and I'm not sure whether I'll keep the Formula X for Sephora- Perfection mini, either (also not used).  Zoya- Normani and Sally Hansen CSM- Commander in Chic (THE polish that got me into polish!!!) are almost exact dupes, but I don't think I can bear to part with either.

I would love to know what you think of this sort of color family mega-comparison! Is it OK that it's done with swatch sticks?  With so many colors, I think that's just the most efficient way to go about it. If this goes over well, I will be adding more color families in the future!


12 comments:

  1. I loved this post! It must have been a massive work for you, but it's so useful for people like myself, that mostly buy polish online and can't compare colors IRL. I loved the mauvey-dusty-nudey colors, specially Zoya Brigitte. Thank you for doing this, it will be a great resource for future buys as I currently own one taupe-y shade, Catrice Grey's Kelly :)

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  2. Nice to know I'm not the only one who mostly buys online! I always try to look at swatches first anyway, and then it makes more sense, since the price is usually lower in most cases! :) I don't own any Catrice, but that one looks like it would fit right in here!

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  3. Wow this post was awesome to see! Its very helpful to see comparisons of shades plus this particular shade is a color I love to wear too.

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  4. Thank you! I love taupe too- I'd been meaning to do this for while!

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  5. Great post, think this is a really effective way to compare shades!

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  6. That takes a lot of dedication! I'm sure I'll be using this for reference in the future.

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  7. Love comparison posts, and I have that Nicka K so I liked seeing it with other polishes....

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  8. wow, that is quite a stash of smokey purple taupes and mauves! I think I have 3 or 4 :D

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  9. It took a bit of organization, but I'm glad to do it since it helps me sort my collection at the same time! :)

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  10. Nice! I like the Nicka K a lot- too bad it's dupey.

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  11. It was my favorite creme color for a while!!

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