For an eternity or two, I have been searching like a mad woman for a replacement for a shimmery, rich dark brown I used to own. It was a round H&M bottle from the late 90's, and its name was Rusty. I loved it, I used it a lot, and when half the content was gone, it became thick and gloopy and I... threw it away. You have heard the story before. Many of us did this before we knew better.
Since then I have been searching. The four polishes depicted above is some of those I tried filling that bronzy brown void with. Clockwise from bottom left, they are OPI Espresso Your Style!, China Glaze Side-Saddle, China Glaze Unplugged, and Jessica Hot Fudge.
It didn't take me long to see that Side-Saddle, which have mostly been referred to as brown, is actually very clearly purple. Somehow, it seems these kinds of colors play tricks on us. To show this, I shot a wheel photo at one coat only.
Left to right: China Glaze Unplugged, Jessica Hot Fudge, OPI Espresso Your Style! and China Glaze Side-Saddle. Arranged from less to more purple base.
But, here they are fully opaque, in three coats.
Hmm... They look... brown. And the only one that really was all along, was Unplugged. I guess it's the yummy, golden shimmer that heats them up a notch.
Well, it doesn't keep me from liking this particular group of polishes, and especially this season of the year. They are so cozy... But none of these can replace my beloved old H&M.
Swedish word of the day:
brun -adjective brown
Today, Sweden kind of is.