Swatches in the Snow

This page is home to swatches of (much of) my nail polish collection as of the end of 2011, as a reference for comparison to other colors and finishes. Generally, I swatch with two thick coats of polish, although with some darker colors or glitters I may have used three coats. Some nail polish colors photograph better than others. If you have a question about a specific polish, or if there’s one you’d like to see featured in a post, send me an e-mail and let me know. (And yes, that’s real Alaska snow from the first snowfall of 2011.) I will be re-swatching my complete collection before the end of 2012.


1. Confetti Dreamdate
2. Essie Pop Art Pink
3. SpaRitual Airhead
4. Orly Fifty-Four
5. Orly Cotton Candy
6. Zoya Pandora
7. China Glaze Good Witch?
8. Milani Digital
9. SpaRitual Enlightened
10. Essie Angora Cardi
11. Finger Paints Hue Left A Message?
12. L.A. Girl Boogie
13. Orly Fiesta
14. Nina Pro Passion Pink
15. L.A. Girl Matte Red
16. Orly Hottie
17. OPI (unidentified mini)
18. China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy


1. Milani Hot Pink
2. Orly Pixy Stix
3. China Glaze Mrs. Claus
4. Finger Paints Wicked Glitter
5. China Glaze Broken Hearted
6. Julep Reese


1. China Glaze Lubu Heels
2. China Glaze Naughty and Nice
3. Orly Naughty
4. Essie Masquerade Belle
5. Borghese Sonata Berry
6. OPI Malaga Wine
7. China Glaze Phat Santa
8. China Glaze Seduce Me
9. Essie Limited Addiction
10. Nina Pro Cranberri
11. China Glaze Ruby Pumps
12. Delux Tempter
13. Orly Rock-It
14. China Glaze China Rouge
15. Essie Forever Young
16. Essie Silken Cord
17. Nina Pro Tickle Me Pink
18. Wet n Wild Behind Closed Doors


1. Essie Red Nouveau
2. OPI Take the Stage
3. Orly Olé
4. Nina Pro Tangerine Dream
5. Finger Paints Outta Sight Orange
6. China Glaze Thataway
7. Orly Crush on You
8. Essie Tart Deco
9. Sinful Colors Patrika
10. China Glaze Sun Worshiper
11. China Glaze Papaya Punch
12. China Glaze Peachy Keen
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18. Sally Hansen Cherry Smash


1. Nina Pro Like Butta
2. China Glaze Solar Power
3. China Glaze Classic Camel
4. OPI (unidentified mini)
5. Sally Hansen Lightning
6. Finger Paints Psychedelic Sunshine
7. China Glaze Happy Go Lucky
8. China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
9. Orly Lemonade
10. Sally Hansen Yellow Kitty


1. Sally Girl (no name)
2. OPI Gargantuan Green Grape
3. Orly Green Apple
4. Finger Paints Lucky in Love Lime
5. Sally Hansen Lickety-Split Lime
6. Nina Pro Leaf Me Alone
7. Milani Hi-Tech
8. Confetti My Favorite Martian
9. China Glaze Zombiefest
10. Orly Enchanted Forest
11. Orly Here Comes Trouble
12. China Glaze Kiwi Cool-Ada
13. China Glaze Four-Leaf Clover
14. Essie Pretty Edgy
15. Ulta Limelight
16. China Glaze Westside Warrior
17. Cosmetic Arts All the Trimmings
18. Sinful Colors Green Ocean


1. OPI Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow
2. Nars Zulu
3. China Glaze Holly Jolly
4. China Glaze Emerald Sparkle
5. Zoya Holly
6. Wet N Wild SaGreena the Teenage Witch
7. Zoya Rina
8. Orly Green With Envy
9. Sinful Colors Irish Green
10. Zoya Gemma
11. Essie Sew Psyched
12. Sephora by OPI Caught With My Khakis Down
13. Sephora by OPI Dark Room
14. Zoya Shawn
15. China Glaze Starboard
16. OPI Jade is the New Black


1. Essie Mint Candy Apple
2. Sally Hansen Mint Sprint
3. Milani Fresh Teal
4. L.A. Girl Matte Alpine Green
5. Essie Going Incognito
6. Ulta Tainted Love
7. Orly Halley’s Comet
8. (Franken)
9. OPI Mermaid’s Tears


1. China Glaze Atlantis
2. Claire’s Confident/Peaceful (mood)
3. Orly Bailamos
4. Finger Paints Art Dealer Teal-er
5. China Glaze Martini Pedicure
6. China Glaze For Audrey
7. China Glaze Crushed Candy
8. Color Club Blue Light
9. Finger Paints Blissfully Blue
10. Ulta Acid Wash
11. China Glaze Sea Spray
12. Essie Borrowed & Blue
13. Orly Snowcone
14. Finger Paints Dream a Little Dream
15. L.A. Girl Matte Sky Blue
16. OPI (unidentified mini)
17. OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui
18. Sally Hansen Blue Me Away!


1. Finger Paints Add & Abstract
2. Ulta Stone Wash
3. China Glaze Shower Together
4. Ulta Vintage
5. OPI Ski Teal We Drop
6. OPI Turquoise Shatter
7. Nina Pro Blu Blaze
8. OPI Ogre-the-Top Blue
9. Finger Paints Sapphire Shimmer
10. China Glaze Dorothy Who?
11. Sephora by OPI Midnight Mambo
12. Ulta Indigo
13. China Glaze First Mate
14. Love & Beauty Navy
15. Wet N Wild Saved by the Blue
16. Orly La Playa
17. Sephora by OPI Blue Grotto
18. Nina Pro Sailor


1. Essie Bobbing for Baubles
2. Zoya Cynthia
3. OPI Russian Navy Suede
4. Borghese Mezzanotte Blue
5. Dior Poison Blue
6. L.A. Girl Punk
7. MAC Rain of Flowers
8. OPI Navy Shatter
9. Sally Hansen Night Flight
10. Ulta The Skinny
11. Ulta Underground
12. Ulta After Hours
13. Ulta Black Lace


1. Orly Lollipop
2. Sally Girl Blissful Kiss
3. Sephora by OPI Domestic Goddess Matte (with, apparently, a dog hair)
4. Sally Hansen Plum Luck
5. Orly Lunar Eclipse
6. China Glaze Urban-Night
7. China Glaze Flying Dragon
8. Sinful Colors Jasmine Jazz
9. China Glaze Secret Peri-Winkle
10. Wet N Wild Buffy the Violet Slayer
11. Finger Paints Lavender Highlight
12. OPI Funky Dunkey
13. Julep Alfre
14. China Glaze Grape Juice
15. Orly Charged Up
16. Laura Mercier Avant Garde
17. OPI Lincoln Park After Dark
18. Sally Hansen Pat on the Black


1. Zoya Casey
2. China Glaze VII
3. Orly Purple Pleather
4. (Franken)
5. Color Club Pucci-Licious
6. Zoya Zara
7. Orly Bubbly Bombshell
8. Zoya Caitlin
9. China Glaze Light as Air
10. Essie Lilacism


1. Essie Merino Cool
2. Sephora by OPI Metro Chic
3. Sephora by OPI Metro Chic Matte
4. Nina Pro Never Glum Plum
5. China Glaze Below Deck
6. Essie Hot Coco
7. Sally Hansen Plum’s the Word
8. Orly Plum Noir
9. Essie Wicked
10. Orly Mind’s Eye


1. Sinful Colors Snow Me White
2. Zoya Dove
3. Illamasqua DWS
4. China Glaze Concrete Catwalk
5. OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees
6. Orly Liquid Vinyl
7. Zoya Codie
8. Essie Little Brown Dress
9. China Glaze Ingrid
10. Orly Prince Charming
11. Sally Hansen Ink Splatter


1. Confetti Silver Slippers
2. Sally Hansen Twinkle, Twinkle
3. Sephora by OPI Flurry Up!
4. China Glaze Fairy Dust
5. Orly Dazzle
6. Orly Shine
7. Wet N Wild Silvivor
8. Sally Girl Way 2 Disco
9. China Glaze White Cap
10. Cosmetic Arts Snow Angel
11. Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure
12. Sally Girl (glow)


1. Orly Prisma Gloss Gold
2. Sally Hansen Set the Stage
3. Orly Luxe
4. Sally Hansen Antiqued Gold
5. OPI I Get a Kick Out of Gold!
6. Confetti Debutante
7. Orly Solid Gold
8. Orly Glitz
9. Sephora by OPI Traffic-Stopper Copper


1. Nicole by OPI Snow-Man of My Dreams
2. Wet N Wild Party of Five Glitters
3. China Glaze Party Hearty
4. Ulta For Bitten
5. Orly Space Cadet
6. Wet N Wild Gray's Anatomy