Friday, March 21, 2014

Comparison Friday: EP February 2014 - SPOILER!

If you don't want to know what Enchanted Polish February 2014 looks like, although I'm not sure how you could've escaped seeing a photo by now, you may want to skip this post.  Many people were curious about whether this polish was close to other EPs or other holos, or if it was unique amongst the multitude of holos out there.  I decided to take all possible dupes I had and compare them, so this will be an extremely long and photo heavy post.  Get ready, because here we go!

All polishes were purchased by me.

Do not pass Go if you don't want to see February 2014!!!!  I'm serious.  Don't scroll down unless you want to see February 2014!

The first two swatch photos of each grouping are shown in full sun while the rest are shown in indoor artificial sunlight.  The lighting can really change the color of the polish, so make sure you pay attention to the subtle differences.  All macro swatch shots are shown in full sunlight.

First, let's take a look at February 2014.  It's a plum shade that isn't quite purple, pink, or red but that has a pink micro flakie shimmer.  It's definitely a chameleon.  It's definitely pigmented enough to do just one coat, but I chose to do two for these photos to ensure that I had covered up anything that the camera would pick up and the naked eye wouldn't.  Dry time was quick.  Not only is this polish quite pigmented, but it's also pretty thick.  It was fairly easy to control on the nail, but you need to make sure that you don't get too much on the brush.

My first grouping to compare consisted of (from index to pinkie): Enchanted May 2013, Enchanted February 2014, OPI DS Signature, and Model City Polish More than Words.

Enchanted Polish May is thin, but not super thin.  All photos show two coats with one coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  Required little cleanup and dried quickly.  It is much brighter and more purple than the rest in this grouping.  It is just a regular linear holo without any hidden shimmer or flakies.

OPI DS Signature is also two coats with one coat KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  It's the closest to February 2014 in this grouping, which doesn't mean much, but it leans much more pink than February.  This is the thinnest of the four polishes, so you have to be careful about pooling.  The larger pro-wide brush doesn't help in application.

Model City Polish More than Words is a gorgeous pink polish with pink micro glitters.  It's much more scattered than the rest in this grouping.  As always with Model City Polishes, it has a perfect consistency and applied without any need for cleanup.  This shows two coats with one coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

The second grouping consists of (thumb to pinkie) Colors by Llarowe Dirty Diana, Enchanted Holiday 2013, Enchanted February 2014, Enchanted Mr. Burgundy, and Colors by Llarowe Good Golly Miss Molly.

CBL Dirty Diana is a red linear holographic that is brighter than February's dusty plum.  It's also more red than February which leans purple by comparison.  This is two coats without any need for cleanup.  Also unlike February, this is a straight holo without any extra glitters or shimmers.

EP Holiday 2013 is the darkest of all of the polishes in the review tonight.  It's a deep red that leans almost brown.  This is two coats, but it's definitely the thinnest of the group and required the most cleanup.

EP Mr. Burgundy is red, much like Dirty Diana, but it's a brown-red versus DD's cherry red leaning.  It also doesn't have any extra glitters or shimmers.  This is two coats with little cleanup.

CBL Good Golly Miss Molly is a bit of a deeper red than Dirty Diana and Mr. Burgundy, but it's still more red than February.  Again, GGMM is a straight linear holo without any shimmers or flakies.  This is two coats, but I could've used just one coat.  It required no cleanup and dried quickly.

The third, and last, group consists of Enchanted Mercy, Enchanted February 2014, Elevation Polish Haleakala, and Enchanted April 2013.

EP Mercy is one coat alone.  The opacity, however, interferes with the holo rainbow, so this is actually the least holo of all of the polishes in this post.  Furthermore, it's a more purple blue than red like February.  Application was perfect and required zero cleanup.

Elevation Haleakala is a bright red-purple holo without any extra shimmer, glitters, or flakies.  This is probably the closest to February except that it's a bit brighter and more vivid.  I used three coats of Haleakala, but I really probably could've just used two.  Application was easy, there was little cleanup, and dry time was quick.

EP April 2013 is the most purple of the comparison and includes blue shimmers.  Of the four in this set, April 2013 is the thinnest requiring three coats.  It's runny with the possibility of flooding the cuticles, so you've got to be careful with application.

And here are macros of all of the polishes in this comparison together.  Click on the photo for more details.

You can purchase Enchanted Polishes at her store, but the majority of these were one-time limited editions.  OPI DS linear holo polishes have been discontinued, but you can find them on blog sales or at salons.  You can purchase Model City Polishes here.  Follow the awesome Nina on Facebook and IG for news and updates.  Elevation Polish can be found at her store here.  Follow Lulu on IG for news and updates.  Lastly, you can purchase Colors by Llarowe here.

So, what do you think?  As you can tell from all of these photos, I don't own anything that's even remotely similar to EP February 2014.  Which is your favorite?

All polishes were purchased by me.


  1. Those are all beatiful and hard to pick just one fav. :0)

  2. Great comparison swatches! Thanks for doing this! :)

    1. Of course! I"m glad I can finally get back into doing my weekly comparisons! :)