Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Most Special Polishes of My Collection: Purple

You wanted it and you got it! Here's my fist post in the 'Most Special Polishes of My Collection' series. =)

There are almost 400 polish bottles in my collection at the moment (yes, I got rid of a lot of them) and there's no way I could pick my top 10 (or less) of all the shades. So I'm breaking it down color by color. Let's start off with purple. It has been the it shade for me back in the 2009 when my nail polish obsession exploded and created a black hole. That black hole wanted every single purple shade under the sun. And I got a lot of them. It's still the most common shade in my stash, but now I know how to appreciate other colors as well.

Here are purple shades which managed to jump out of the crowd ... and they're special to me for various reasons.

American Apparel - L'Esprit

A classic pale lilac shade. This one may look like your other pastel lavender shades, but is so much more. L'Esprit is what I wanted China Glaze Agent Lavender to be. Let's face it, this shade is gorgeous, it's opaque, it applies like a dream... It's my winner from all the light purple polishes.

Color Club - Pucci-licious

Pucci-licious is a shade we've all been wanting from the moment we saw first swatches from the Poptastic collection. It has a long-lost sister in the Hot Topic shade range that goes by the name Bright Purple. This shade doesn't photograph well and it dries to a satin finish.

China Glaze - Grape Pop

I wanted this shade from the start. And I do mean from the start - I wanted it even before China Glaze made it. A true purple creme. This one is as essential as a little black dress. A classic. Grape Pop's sister is Orly's Charged Up, but that one is more jelly-ish.

Claire's - Magic

If you're an owner of this shade, then you know there truly is some magic in that little yet chubby bottle. This one is my favorite shimmery purple and the fact it needs three coats to achieve full opacity doesn't bother me at all. It's that amazing.

Love Bites - Purple Haze

If you want a dark, opaque, shimmery purple, this is the one you want to go for. Trust me, I compared quite a few of those and this one is the best in the category. Very, very nice.

Nails Inc. - Belgrave Place

This one was a love at first sight. I fell in love with it when I was browsing the internet and I knew it has to be mine someday. I finally got it on Ebay and payed good for it as well (you know I like cheap polish, right). It didn't disappoint me. My one and only Nails Inc. polish is perfection in 2 coats.

Sally Hansen - Arabian Night

Yet another internet/first sight love. Golden shimmer in true purple base? Hell yeah! I don't think I need to say a lot more. Just look at the photo... *sigh*

Zoya - Lael

As much as I've always wanted a true purple, I also wanted a true, dark plum polish. I fell for the MAC in Dark Angel, but there was no way I was gonna pay that price. So I found out about Lael and it became my first Zoya shade of the collection.

Honorable Mention:

So, now you know about my favorite purple shades.

Tell me: 
Which are your ''I love that purple'' shades? Do you agree/disagree with my choices?
What color do you want to see next?

Thanks for looking!


  1. "L'Esprit", "Puccilicious", "Arabian Night", "Magic" and "Belgrave Place" are in my WL, so... * sigh * :D

  2. My favorite purples are: opi grape set match, zoya valerie, nfu oh 51, la girl groupie and many many more. I love a few of the purples you showed too. But I'm a total purpleholic

  3. Vseeno mi je kakšna je vijolična. Men so vse všeč :)

  4. Wow really pretty colors :)I miss China Glaze Octa gone wild, Color Club Wild at heart and OPI DS Extravaganze (a couple of mine favorite purple shades ;)) But I also really love the ones you've posted.

    I would love to see green or blue too :) xoxo

  5. They're all gorgeous! I completely approve of AA L'Esprit as no. 1. I have about 6 light purples, so I've told I have to stay away. I'd add in some red-tone purples - AA Neon Violet, OPI Pamplona Purple. I love those types.

  6. I'm not sure I could narrow down to even a tp 50 in certain shades like purple. lol
    You favs are gorgeous

  7. I guess purple is one of my favorite shades, too.. But I haven't found the perfect one yet: I like some from my collection, but all have flaws - bad application, won't stay in place for at least 3 days, etc. Though I remembered one shade by Maybelline (not sure how it's called exactly, I tried finding it by number, but they seem to be different from what I see).
    http://i.imgur.com/bRBqk.jpg - here's the picture of it, it's very dark violet-plum shade, almost black, but still has color. It applies really good and have a little bit jelly finish.)

  8. These are lovely! I love them all but I think my favorite would have to be Arabian Night. It is truly beautiful.

  9. Gorgeous polishes! I love purple just as much as you, and it's hard to pick a favorite. In addition to the ones you posted here, I adore Illamasqua Baptiste. It's such a gorgeous, glowy shimmer!

  10. I also love purple (and mostly every other spectrum color :)
    Can't wait for the following posts on this topic!

  11. My favourites are nail color from these shades~ those deep purple and dark blue, but my skintone makes them look weird. :( I'm more suitable for reds or red-leaning color, which is so sad!!! :(

  12. U know the fist time i found ur blog was because
    I was looking for a purple polish ( which is one of my fav colors now it has been almost two years am fallowing u

  13. prekrasni - svi do jednog :-D
    volim ljubičaste :-D

  14. Love purples. I so want Arabian Nights. It's gorgeous! I'd hate to add up my collection. I have all of them written down. Just haven't counted. Thanks for showing these. I have a few of them.

  15. Lovely shades. You have beautiful nails!

  16. I do love a good purple! Some of my favorites are Grape Pop, Nina Ultra Pro Purple X-ing, WnW Buffy the Violet Slayer, CC Wild at Heart, Zoya Mimi, Milani Purple Outline and Fright Night Claw Polish in Poison. There's a few in your list I'd love to get my paws on too!

  17. from those I like Zoya Yasmeen, but I totally suck at wearing violet.. The color itself isn't that horrible but I don't like how it looks on my nails..

  18. Purple is definitely not my color, but Zoya Lael is so pretty!
    I also have Zoya Julieanne, maybe you'd like it. it's a purple with golden glitter and a light green douchrome :)

  19. Eeh I'm not a purple lover but you just made me want all of those polishes :S Especially Grape Pop and Lael! Which I guess wouldn't be too hard to come by :) Also Purple Haze because of the color (and the awesome song with the same name!)

  20. I'm also a purple lover but it seems we have quite different tastes!! Well, I think my lavender favourite is close to l'Esprit since it's CG Light as Air. Two other CG we have in common, Flying Dragon and LOL. I also adore OPI's Purple with a Purpose, it's just mesmerizing, I can't stop staring at my fingers when I wear it (like now :p ). I also list Orly Galaxy girl, even if the base is plum, it does turn purple on the nail, and Zoya's Valerie. But many of those you listed make me want to lemming them!!
    As for which colour I'd like to see next, I would love to know which pinks you have in your stash, because it's not a colour you wear often so I'd be interested to discover which ones won your favour :)

  21. Krasna izbira. ♥ Sploh prvi, ki ga imam že nekaj časa na WL in LOL. :) Dodala bi mogoče Wild at heart, ker je res enostavno popoln. Komaj čakam še druge skupine tvojih naj lakov. ♥

  22. > Which are your ''I love that purple'' shades?

    I'm absolutely in love with Color Club - Wild at Heart, OPI - DS extravagance, Milani - dotcom and China Glaze - light as air.
    In my wishlist there is OPI - merryd midnight, but it's almost imposibile to find out it ç__ç

    > Do you agree/disagree with my choices?

    I agree with claire's and grape pop ^^

    > What color do you want to see next?

    Zoya - Yasmee ^__^


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