My lovely reader Miely requested a comparison between China Glaze Adventure Red-y and Essie Head Mistress, both from fall 2012 collections. I knew they were close to a few other reds I own, so I threw them in for reference as well (do you think I have enough of the same color?). I’m taking comparison swatch requests, so just let me know what you want to see 🙂
Shown is two coats of each.
As you can see, Adventure Red-y and Head Mistress are similar, but HM is a bit lighter and in real life, you can tell that AR is slightly less blue-toned. Apertif and Vodka & Caviar are the lightest of the bunch, and Apertif is the lightest ant most orange-y of them all. Tate also has a slightly orange-y undertone, while the rest appear a bit more on the blue side. I know its hard to tell from the pictures (click on it to make it bigger).
Size Matters is almost a berry, and much more opaque than any of the others. Compared to the rest, Adventure Red-y actually seems a bit like a brick red, but on its own, you can’t tell.
Formula wise, Size Matters, Tate, and Adventure Red-y are really opaque and apply very well. Apertif is a teeny bit sheer, but it’s good with two or three thin coats. Vodka & Caviar is actually a jelly, so while application is excellent, you do need a third coat to cover visible nail line. And Head Mistress is the least manageable of all, but I’ve seen worse.
Do you need them all? Clearly, that’s a no. My picks are Vodka & Caviar, Tate, Size Matters, and Adventure Red-y, depending on what kind of red goes best with your skin tone. Also, Size Matters feels a bit more holiday-esque than a simple classic red, so that might be a deciding factor.
Hope this was helpful! Again, please feel free to request any comparisons you want to see! I actually had a lot of fun with this.