This winter I've been all about greyed out purple shades. So much so, that out of these 6 polishes, 5 of them were added to my collection within the last couple months. It was hard to choose which one I liked best so I just got all of them! Even now I'm having a hard time choosing which one is my favourite. I think they are all different enough that I can justify having all of them ;) Here they are all lined up.
|Left to Right: Lilacism, Love & Acceptance, Bangle Jangle, Warm & Toasty Turtleneck, Merino Cool and Smokin' Hot|
I originally didn't include Lilacism in the lineup because it looks more blue in comparison to these other polishes. But once I tried on Love & Acceptance I felt I needed to include Lilacism because I remembered that Lilacism USED to look a lot like Love & Acceptance and people would wonder how they compared. I've showed you before that there are some Essie polishes that change colour over time and Lilacism is one of them. Over time, Lilacism turns from a greyed out lilac to being a greyed out light blue. I think mine is on it's way to being more blue because it doesn't look very lilac anymore, even compared to what it looked like a year ago. Nonetheless, this is what all Lilacism's will look like eventually so here it is in comparison to these other grey-purples.
Love & Acceptance
Warm & Toasty Turtleneck
The polish was interesting to me. When it first came out in the Winter 2013 Shearling Darling Collection, I thought the swatches of this warm pinky-purple with grey tones was pretty but I would never wear it, so I skipped picking it up. Then last winter I came across this polish for $3 at Dollarama but I STILL passed it up! I remember thinking "I will never wear that colour". My friend Austrian even texted me a picture of this polish a couple days later and was like "pretty? or kind of ugly?" I told her I wasn't sure! Fast forward to this winter and I was kicking myself for not picking this polish up! I really like this colour now and definitely err to the side of thinking it's pretty. The formula is awesome, probably the best out of all 6 of these. It's super smooth and opaque. It isn't thick at all, yet is smooth with zero streaking. It's not perfectly opaque in one coat (but it's close), so I did 2 coats. It self-levels really well.
This grey mulberry polish is a popular shade from Essie. This fall it seemed everyone on Instagram was wearing it. I had never tried it until this comparison and I was surprised to find that there's a lot of taupey brown to it as well. It has quite a thin formula so don't overload your brush, but it is pretty opaque. It's streaky on the first coat but covers completely in two. It's nice and self-leveling and looks smooth and glossy on the nail.
Smokin' Hot has become a favourite of mine this past winter. It's a very stylish deep greyish purple (full post here). It's another one that has a thin formula and you can't overload the brush with polish. Apply it thinly and it will be streaky on the first coat but even out and be perfect on the second coat. I mentioned in my review that this polish chipped easily on me, but I actually tried it with a different base coat and it worked great! I got a great wear time out of it so I'm happy to report this polish isn't an easy chipper like I originally thought.
I hope this comparison helps you clearly see the differences between each one. I can't really name a favourite because I'm loving all of them! If I'm completely honest, I liked my bottle of Lilacism a whole lot more when it was more lilac toned.
As for availability, Lilacism, Merino Cool and Smokin' Hot are all part of the readily available permanent collection. The other three you may need to order online. I found all three at sparklecanada.com but I've also seen them on head2toebeauty.com.
Which grey-toned purple are you crushing on?
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