Once upon a time, a then 46-year old varnish fiend walked into Sephora and fell in love at first sight.

The object of her infatuation was Deborah Lippmann Between the Sheets.

She had so many drawers of suitors and lineups of paramours, however, that she decided not to move too fast in initiating yet another romance …

Meanwhile, further investigation of online dating sites revealed that Between the Sheets had virtually identical siblings*, some of them cheaper dates than others …

And so the flirtation began with Revlon Plum Seduction, whom the varnish fiend began to recognize at many local venues, but did not actually allow herself to even be courted until a drugstore Revlon discount sealed the deal.

It was love at two coats each.

OPI Ate Berries in the Canaries, for whom the protagonist fell hard last year after hoarding enough retailer coupons to tie the knot gratis, was also mentioned online as Mr. Right Now by a gaggle of girls equally gaga for Between the Sheets.

The immediate differences among the three are these:

Between the Sheets is at once brightest, darkest and coolest, with a seemingly crelly formula.

Plum Seduction is warmer, redder-leaning than BtS, albeit with the same (thinner) crelly formula.

Ate Berries in the Canaries is a hair lighter than Plum Seduction, but the true difference in character lies in its straight crème-iness.

As much as the varnish fiend wished to become a committed partner to glamorous Between the Sheets, she found herself to be more and more compatible with pedestrian, ubiquitous Plum Seduction.

An old flame not mentioned on the online sites, but still burning bright in the varnish fiend’s heart, was a flashy Italian by name Kiko 290 – Dark Magenta.

Next to other affections, although definitely of similar stripe, Dark Magenta was not so dark …

Kiko 290 – Dark Magenta is a hair lighter and brighter than Ate Berries in the Canaries, although they are both straight crèmes and good at two coats.

To be continued …

Footnotes:

Kiko 290 – Dark Magenta $3.90 USD

OPI Ate Berries in the Canaries $10 USD

Revlon Plum Seduction $6 USD

Deborah Lippmann Between the Sheets $18 USD

*future potential crushes – Dolce & Gabbana Passione; Illamasqua Grab

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