So, the polishes I am comparing in this post are the following:
- Barry M Royal Glitter Collection - £3.99 each in Boots (currently on 3 for 2)
- Seventeen Rock Hard Couture Nail Effects Collection - £3.99 each in Boots (currently on 3 for 2)
- Rimmel Space Dust - £3.99 each in Boots (currently on 3 for 2)
- Maybelline Color Show Brocades - £2.99 each in Boots (currently on 3 for 2)
- 2True Sequins Glitter Nail Polish - £4.00 each in Superdrug (currently on 2 for £6)
Barry M Royal Glitter Collection; Princess - a pink/gold textured glitter combination, Majesty - a gold textured glitter, Lady - a white/pearl textured glitter, Duchess - a pale beige textured glitter and Countess - a deep rich brown textured glitter.
Seventeen Rock Hard Couture Nail Effects Collection; Celestial Pearl (white), Bijoux Baby (pink), Charm Bracelet (gold) and Cameo Crush (blue).
Rimmel Space Dust Collection; Luna Love (pink), Shooting Star (silver), Aurora (gold), Moon Walking (purple) and Total Eclipse (black).
Maybelline Color Show Brocades collection; Gilded Rose (gold), Crushed Crimson (pink), Black N Mirrors (black) and Silver Swank (silver).
2True Sequins Nail Polish Collection: Naomi (purple), Elle (pink), Eva (blue), Tyra (gold) and Christy (silver).
So, moving onto the duplicates.
First off, the white/pearl type polishes. Barry M Lady and Seventeen Celestial Pearl are very, very similar. I'd plump for Seventeen Celestial Pearl as it's better for coverage, and has the edge on the sparkle.
Pale pink polishes. Barry M Princess and Seventeen Cameo Crush are very similar. Again, Seventeens version Seventeen Bijoux Baby pips it for me slighty as there is just a little bit more of the pretty sparkle going on.
Purples: 2True Sequins Naomi and Rimmel Space Dust Moon Walking. These are literally the same polish. They are both the same price (when not on offer) so really take your pick out of these, if I'm forced to pick between them, I think 2True Sequins - Naomi might be just slightly more sparkly.
Next, pale beige/silver glitters. Barry M Duchess and Rimmel Space Dust - Aurora. These are pretty much the same polish, and cost the same price, Barry maybe sightly edges it with a teeny tiny bit more sparkle, but it's a tough call; Barry M Duchess.
Right, onto the deeper pinks; 2True Squins - Elle, Maybelline Color Show Brocades- Crushed Crimson, Rimmel Space Dust - Luna Loves. Now, as you can see, they are similar, but not the same! I would say though, putting all three together, I'd immediately discount the Rimmel, although it's pretty, it's certainly not a patch on the other two. It's a tough call between 2True and Maybelline, but I think that Maybelline Crushed Crimson pips it for me.
Onto the golds; we have four in the mix. Two are very, very similar; Barry M Majesty and Seventeen Charm Bracelet. If you are looking for a more textured finish for a gold polish, I'd plump for Charm Bracelet. However, the other two in the mix 2True Sequins - Tyra and Maybelline Color Show Brocades - Gilded Rose are very pretty (but less textured). Overall, much as I love the texture, Maybelline Color Show Gilded Rose is so flipping pretty it has to be my winner.
Next, we have some silvers. 2True Christy and Rimmel Space Dust - Shooting Star are pretty much exactly the same. I think 2True Christy is maybe slightly sparklier, so I'd plump for that one. I've also included Maybelline - Silver Swank, which is very pretty in it's own right, but has more of a gold tinge to it. My winner here is 2True Sequins - Christy.
So, what do we have left? In all of these collections, the following polishes are originals and there isn't really a duplicate of them (yet!). Out of these, my must haves would be Seventeen Cameo Crush and Barry M Countess.
So; overall summary of what I'd put on my shopping list:
Pearl/White Texture: Seventeen Celestial Pearl
Pink/Gold Texture: Seventeen Bijoux Baby
Purple Texture: 2True Sequins - Naomi
Beige/Silver Texture: Barry M Duchess
Deep Pink/Fuschia: Maybelline Crushed Crimson
Gold: Seventeen Charm Bracelet (for Texture), Maybelline Gilded Rose (for sparkle)
Silver Texture: 2True Sequins - Christy
Best of the rest: Seventeen Cameo Crush (blue) and Barry M Countess (brown)
PHEWF! I hope that was useful for everyone! Overall, if you are looking for TEXTURE, go more towards the Barry M and the Seventeen. The rest of the polishes (the Maybelline in particular) aren't as textured, just more SPARKLE, and can easily be smoothed with a top coat and still look lovely.