Comparisons: Dior pinks

More, more, more!

(How do you like it, how do you like it?)

355 Rosy Bow
559 Wild About Pink
557 Love (smells goood)

457 Bouquet
254 Rose Tutu
599 Pink (only one with shimmer)

All more beautiful than they appear here … think these are indeed the only six pinks I would rescue from catastrophe …

xx blueberry milk tea

Comparisons: reigning at the purple palace

Picking up from where I had left off earliest here and here and later, here …

Last year, when I had initially begun the PFF pile driving using OPI purples as cornerstones for comparison, I had only listed two varnishes in my notebook as pile drivers to OPI In the Cable Car-pool Lane:  Sation Purple Royal and Barry M Berry Cosmo.

Since then, I’ve acquired several more, which also happen to conveniently encompass part two of my Valentine tale of two Revlons (never got ’round to the telling of the second chapter …) 🙂

Above, at two coats, from L to R:

1 – Sation Purple Royal

2 – WnW So Berry on Trend (velvety matte)

3 – Kiko 496

4 – OPI Casino Royale

5 – Revlon Passionate

6 – Barry M Berry Cosmo

7 – OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane (only varnish with 3x, as it was patchy at two …)

8 – Essie In the Lobby

xx blueberry milk tea

Hot little numbers

Paul & Joe Spring Collection 2016, Papillons de Printemps
013 – Buddleja

013 Buddleja
Kiko 290
OPI Ate Berries in the Canaries
Revlon Plum Seduction
Lippmann Between the Sheets

All, 2-3x

Kiko 494 – Pearly Amaranth, 2-3x

A cooler, purple version of Chanel Cosmic Violine.

xx blueberry milk tea

A Valentine tale of two varnishes, ft. Revlon – chapter one

Once upon a time, a then 46-year old varnish fiend walked into Sephora and fell in love at first sight.

The object of her infatuation was Deborah Lippmann Between the Sheets.

She had so many drawers of suitors and lineups of paramours, however, that she decided not to move too fast in initiating yet another romance …

Meanwhile, further investigation of online dating sites revealed that Between the Sheets had virtually identical siblings*, some of them cheaper dates than others …

And so the flirtation began with Revlon Plum Seduction, whom the varnish fiend began to recognize at many local venues, but did not actually allow herself to even be courted until a drugstore Revlon discount sealed the deal.

It was love at two coats each.

OPI Ate Berries in the Canaries, for whom the protagonist fell hard last year after hoarding enough retailer coupons to tie the knot gratis, was also mentioned online as Mr. Right Now by a gaggle of girls equally gaga for Between the Sheets.

The immediate differences among the three are these:

Between the Sheets is at once brightest, darkest and coolest, with a seemingly crelly formula.

Plum Seduction is warmer, redder-leaning than BtS, albeit with the same (thinner) crelly formula.

Ate Berries in the Canaries is a hair lighter than Plum Seduction, but the true difference in character lies in its straight crème-iness.

As much as the varnish fiend wished to become a committed partner to glamorous Between the Sheets, she found herself to be more and more compatible with pedestrian, ubiquitous Plum Seduction.

An old flame not mentioned on the online sites, but still burning bright in the varnish fiend’s heart, was a flashy Italian by name Kiko 290 – Dark Magenta.

Next to other affections, although definitely of similar stripe, Dark Magenta was not so dark …

Kiko 290 – Dark Magenta is a hair lighter and brighter than Ate Berries in the Canaries, although they are both straight crèmes and good at two coats.

To be continued …


Kiko 290 – Dark Magenta $3.90 USD

OPI Ate Berries in the Canaries $10 USD

Revlon Plum Seduction $6 USD

Deborah Lippmann Between the Sheets $18 USD

*future potential crushes – Dolce & Gabbana Passione; Illamasqua Grab

xx blueberry milk tea

Hearts, flowers + chocolate






L to R, 2-3 coats, all, even Skinfood choco gradient:


L.A. Splash – Be Mine (ultrafine shimmery holo glitter, yellowgold-turquoise-green shift)

Sinful Colors – Love Sprinkles

L.A. Splash – LOL (holo + pastel rainbow glitter with pink, orange, blue, purple shift, not nearly as fine as Be Mine)

Nature Republic Style:lean – GRD504 Love Party


Sinful Colors – Shamrockin’

L’Oreal – Garden Bouquet

Dance Legend – Lavender (all matte, no shimmer)

Dance Legend – Viola (matte + ultrafine gold glitter)

Dance Legend – Primrose (matte + finest feather glitter, cannot detect colour)


Skinfood – Choco Smoky Nail Kit (Chic Brown)

1 – Pale gray, 3x

2 – Light gray, 2x

3 – Dark chocolate, 2x

All varnishes in this kit have finest rainbow shimmer

happy valentine’s day
xx blueberry milk tea