The great grurple comparison post

I know I promised this a month or so back…but there hasn’t been a lot of time for swatching recently. As you know, I always paint my nails, wear the polish for a day or two, and tke the photos at some point during that time. One of the blogosphere’s little swatchers I am not!

Actually, I thought I had more of these types of shades than I actually do, so it wasn’t that daunting a task. Oh and just in case you’ve been living on Mars, “grurple” means a grey/purple polish. Very popular shades indeed.

L-R: Nails Inc Jermyn Street, OPI Parlez-Vous OPI, Illamasqua Velocity, Diamond Cosmetics Drift Away

L-R: Beauty UK Smokey Violet, Sephora by OPI Metro Chic, OPI Affair In Times Square, Sephora by OPI Call Your Mother

Two left nails are Nails Inc Jermyn Street, the two right are OPI Metro Chic

L-R: Models Own Purple Grey, OPI Parlez-Vous OPI, Sephora by OPI Metro Chic, OPI An Affair In Times Square

Phew. So there you have it. Are you into grurple? Are there any good ones that I don’t own that you can recommend? What’s your favourite?




  1. 11th September 2010 / 9:16 AM

    Excellent post Helen! I have Parlez-vous OPI? and Metro Chic. I have regularly looked at picking up Jermyn St. and Velocity. I’d say for me, based on these swatches, I don’t need either. Thank you for saving my pennies!
    Jane x

  2. 11th September 2010 / 10:15 AM

    It exhausts me just comparing all those shades. I do love grurple but I can’t think of one off the top of my head. I’d like OPI Times Square based on your photos.

  3. 11th September 2010 / 11:24 AM

    Nice comparisons! I love them all, can’t choose!

  4. 11th September 2010 / 12:01 PM

    Helpul and detailed post, what a lot of work so thanks so much for posting. I have Jermyn Street, but am always v disappointed in Nails Inc as the initial rush of excitement at the colour is quickly diminished because I hate the brush/weird large lid, and the colour always always goes streaky despite careful application. I like the 2 OPI colours though.

  5. 12th September 2010 / 1:25 PM

    Ooh yay, I’ve been looking forward to this post since you first mentioned it! Parlez Vous is my absolute favourite, I’ve got Models Own Purple Grey but haven’t tried it yet.

    The one grurple polish I think you must try is Estee Lauder’s Surreal Violet – it has a stunning amber/bronze glimmer to it that I know you’ll love! It’s LE so hurry, and I believe it is totally undupable. Buy buy buy lady! (I’m not on commission btw…)

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